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The Port of Grimsby transformed in to 1940s London for the Netflix sci-fi series Bodies.

Associated British Ports (ABP) is delighted that its Port of Grimsby features in the latest Netflix drama, Bodies, a part sci-fi, part murder mystery series.

The port was taken over by the production last year for a month as the location was transformed in to 1940s London, including the transformation of one building into Aldgate East tube station. Other buildings were transformed into period shops and houses.

Simon Bird, Regional Director of the Humber said: “It’s great to see our Port of Grimsby being used by film and television production companies. The historic quarter is attracting a lot of interest from location managers and producers who like the authenticity and character of the place. We hope this is the start of a new venture for the area.”

The port over the years has already hosted many productions from an episode of Wheeler Dealers last year when Mike Brewer and Elvis toured round in a renovated Ford Transit van to the film Three Day Millionaire about a group of fishermen who stage a robbery; to Atonement when it featured as a French town.

Greg Lacey, Head of Property (Humber) added: “Having a rich and diverse mix of historic buildings is proving popular with film makers. It’s becoming the catalyst to make this area viable and money from these productions can be put back into the buildings to make them more appealing.

“We know from the feedback we receive there is a demand in this area for period buildings and large space, as London and the south east has become overpriced, and companies are looking to the north. The film and TV industry is highly diverse with £6.3 billion spent on production last year, we only expect demand to continue to grow.”

The eight-part series features a star-studded cast including Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit), who shot his scenes on the Port of Grimsby last May. The show follows four detectives across different time periods all trying to solve the same murder.

The limited eight-part series Bodies airs on Netflix on 19 October. The series also stars Stephen Graham (Line of Duty) and Kyle Soller (Poldark).

For more information on the port as a filming location visit The Humber team will be attending FOCUS at the Design Centre, London from 05 to 06 December to promote the Kasbah Film Quarter to television and film companies.