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The Netflix series based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II has used a number of very grand locations to film the events of the monarch’s life. Ely Cathedral, a Norman cathedral built in the 11th century, is located in Cambridgeshire. It stood in for London’s Westminster Abbey to depict the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947 and has also served for other royal productions such as The King’s Speech and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
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The long-running Korean War comedy M*A*S*H starring Alan Alda as wise-cracking surgeon Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce and Loretta Swit as Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan was actually shot at Malibu Creek State Park. The site, which now has a replica of the iconic signpost, a photo display and an ambulance left behind after filming, is a place of pilgrimage for dedicated fans.
James Bond: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
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The revolving restaurant of Piz Gloria, on the summit of Schilthorn in the Swiss Alps, was the setting for an evil research institute in this 1969 Bond film.
Lost in Translation
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Almost entirely shot in Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Shibuya wards, Lost in Translation showcases some of Japan’s liveliest haunts, including the New York Bar atop the Park Hyatt hotel.
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Much of Jurassic Park was filmed on Hawaii’s luscious island of Kauai because of its striking coastline and tropical vibe.
Lord of the Rings
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From the Gardens of Isengard in Wellington, to the Southern Lakes that feature throughout The Lord of the Rings films, New Zealand’s scenery is magnificent — and magical.
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The backdrop of the 2011 movie, Sherlock, is London’s skyline, deftly adapting the streets of the British capital to the eccentric history of Sherlock Holmes.
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Based on the real life story of 1970s Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, Narcos was filmed in Colombia’s pulsating capital of Bogotá.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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A flash of the craggy-edged Irish isle Skellig Michael, located around 12 kilometres of the coast of South West Kerry county, Ireland, anchors the cliffhanger Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And now the wind-whipped island has as much of a starring role in The Last Jedi, as Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke (Mark Hamill).
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The beloved Tina Fey character, “sexually frightened know-it-all” Liz Lemon, could often be seen stumbling up Fifth Avenue, hotdog in hand, to the NBC Studios located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan.
The Book Thief
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With its ornate architecture, Görlitz set helped set the scenes for The Book Thief, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Inglorious Basterds.
Big Little Lies
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Anyone who’s read Liane Moriarty’s juicy novel of the same name knows it’s set in a fictitious suburb of Pirriwee on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The US series of the same name starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, however, takes place in a tranquil beachside town in California’s Monterey County.
Top of the Lake
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This haunting mini-series was set in the fictitious town of Laketop with memorable scenes filmed in Moke Lake, a popular recreational waterway in Queenstown, New Zealand.
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The Pandorica Opens is the 12th episode in the fifth series of the cult UK TV series Dr Who. Stonehenge is the setting for the episode in which a mysterious character summons the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) to Roman Britain in 102 AD, where the legendary prison of Pandorica lies beneath the standing stones. Scenes were filmed at the real Stonehenge in Wiltshire and a replica version.
Game of Thrones
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There’s a plethora of exotic locations that make up Game of Thrones’ fictional continents of Westeros and Essos including Malta, Morocco and here, the cliff-top Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik, Croatia, which serves as the Red Keep in King’s Landing.
Mad Max: Fury Road
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The follow-up to the three original Mad Max films was actually slated to be filmed near the town of Broken Hill but before shooting began, the dry and barren outback location was transformed beyond recognition after unusually heavy rains. Cue the Namibian desert. Arid and desolate, it formed the perfect backdrop to George Miller’s reboot in a post-apocalyptic Australia where the motor is king.
Harry Potter films
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There are many locations throughout Great Britain that have been featured in the eight Harry Potter films based on J.K. Rowling’s famous books. Although much of Hogwarts is computer-generated, the interior and exterior of Durham Cathedral features heavily during scenes between classes and those magical meals in the Great Hall? That's the cathedral's interior.
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While much of Wolverine was filmed in Australia, Japan’s seaside Tomonoura was also featured for its traditional facades from the Edo and Meiji periods.
The Night Manager
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The award-winning miniseries based on John le Carré’s novel of the same name follows the efforts of Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), the night manager of a Cairo hotel who attempts to infiltrate the inner circle of a powerful arms dealer. The dining room of the luxurious Swiss resort Chalet Hotel Schönegg in Zermatt serves as the setting for intelligence officer Angela Burr’s (Olivia Colman) recruitment of Pine.
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But what about Barb?! Stranger Things fans must wait until October 2017 to find out the answer to that question. In the meantime, take a trip to the creepy shooting locations – parts of Atlanta and Jackson in Georgia double as the fictional Indiana town of Hawkins. Stone Mountain Park is where Eleven and her cohort wander through the woods, searching for the gate to another dimension.
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The ancient Scandinavian drama series following the attempts of the legendary Ragnor Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) to become the king of the Viking tribes is now in its fourth season. The series is filmed in Ireland; Blessington Lake in Wicklow serves for many of the ocean-going scenes involving Viking longboats.
War and Peace
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The drama in Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel largely takes part in St Petersburg and Moscow but for the six-part BBC adaptation, shooting generally took place in Lithuania and Latvia. The exception is Catherine Palace outside St Petersburg, which was built in 1717 as a summer residence for the Russian royals. It’s here that the Tsar’s New Year’s Eve ball was filmed – the place where Anna (Lily James) has her first dance with Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (James Norton).
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The idyllic Harbour Cliff beach in West Dorset is the setting for the murder of an 11-year-old boy that’s at the centre of this British crime drama. The aftermath takes place in the fictitious town of Broadchurch (mostly shot in Clevedon). The series stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman as detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller.