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Bulletproof filming brings traffic to a standstill as Liverpool city centre streets closed

 

Film crews closed off several main streets in Liverpool city centre this weekend – causing disruption on the roads and traffic to come to a standstill in some places.

But there was much excitement in the city as famous faces appeared and filming continued for new blockbuster Sky 1 police drama called Bulletproof, which features action-packed sequences and car chases.

Although official information provided by the city council mentioned only a few streets that would be affected, the scale of the road closures was much wider than was at first indicated.

Part of Dale Street was reduced to one lane only, with all traffic being diverted along Castle Street as Water Street was completely shut off.

Pictured is Noel Clarke near the Martins Bank
Pictured is Noel Clarke near the Martins Bank

Other roads which were affected were Fenwick Street, Lower Castle Steet, part of Drury Lane, Tower Gardens, Covent Garden, Rumford Street, Exchange Street West and High Street.

Although traffic was mainly affected, roads were also closed to pedestrians when filming was taking place.

Film crews will also be at the site all day on Sunday.

The Sky 1 production – due to be shown late next year – stars BAFTA-winning actor Noel Clarke (Adulthood and Kidulthood) and award-winning actor and rapper Ashley Walters (Top Boy, So Solid Crew).

Filming of new police drama Bulletproof for Sky takes place in Liverpool city centre
Filming of new police drama Bulletproof for Sky takes place in Liverpool city centre

Traffic was brought to a standstill in Liverpool city centre as filming took place
Traffic was brought to a standstill in Liverpool city centre as filming took place

The pair play police duo, Bishop and Pike – two best mates, who, despite being very different, are bonded by a similar moral code.

The show is being filmed in a number of locations across Liverpool and Merseyside over the next year.

In addition to the city centre, the production crew were spotted filming in and around the Birkenhead Tunnel earlier in the week.

Action-packed video footage of the set showed a red Audi bursting through road closure signs at the entrance to the tunnel before being chased by another car.

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Bulletproof is produced by Vertigo Films, makers of films such as The Football Factory, Monsters, and The Sweeney.

Liverpool has enjoyed increasing popularity as a location for film-makers, bringing in a record-breaking £11.5m to the local economy in 2015.




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