Thursday, 10 November 2016

Our New Peaky Blinders Tour

A lot of exciting is building up regarding the return of Peaky Blinders.  The BBC has commissioned season 4 and 5 so it is happening folks.  Many people have been asking us here on Facebook, "what is the Peaky Blinders season 4 release date"?  Well it hasn't been confirmed as in terms of an airing date, but it is confirmed that they start filming in March 2017.  This means it will probably get aired around autumn, we are guessing October.  But it's definitely next year.

If you haven't watched Peaky blinders and wondering what all the fuss is about, go away and watch it.  It is a great BBC2 television gangster drama which first premiered in October 2013. You can watch the first 3 series on Netflix or buy on DVD.  To summarize Cilliam Murphy plays the leader of a crime gang based in Birmingham in the late 19th century to early 20th.  Blighted by memories of the war, he is determined to protect his family and improve their circumstances. 

We think it is one of the very best shows BBC2 have ever produced. Being big fans we just had to put a tour together so for the past few months we have been to all the locations and put together a tour which fans will enjoy.

The majority of the filming took place in Liverpool much to many peoples surprise so this is where our tour is based.  Very little was actually filmed in Birmingham even though it was set there. Liverpool has well preserved Victorian industrial architecture with many streets unchanged.

On tour you will get to walk around Tommy's country house.  See the room where the dramatic ending took place. Remember the last scenes cliff hanger? It seems Tommy has completely betrayed his family as all but him are carted away by the police.

You will also see the street where the Shelby’s lived which also where the King's image was burned in season 1, episode 2.  There will be plenty of photo opportunities including a panoramic shot of Liverpool from the other side of the River Mersey.

Along the way you will learn about the real history of the Peaky Blinders, and gossip and anecdotes about the making of the series.

Over the 8 hours you will visit more than 10 filming locations in and around Liverpool.  The tour costs £60 and its only suitable for adults.   Private and group tours available. For booking and more information click here.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Next James Bond (outsiders)

So who's going to be the next James Bond? Here at BMT towers we have been debating it quite a bit lately and we wrote about our top five candidates here.  Carrying on from this article we are now looking at the outsiders.

Luke Evans
Born on the 15th April 1979 in Pontypool, and later raised in Aberbargoed, Wales. At 17 he moved to Cardiff and began studying under an established singing coach, a year later he earned a scholarship to The London Studio Centre and later graduated in 2000.

From 2000-2008 he starred in West-End productions of “La Cava,” “Taboo,” “Rent,” “Miss Saigon,” & “Avenue Q.” In 2008 he gained recognition for his performance in the Peter Gill play “Small Change” at the Donmar Warehouse where Sam Mendes –director of “Skyfall,” and “Spectre”- formerly served as the artistic director.

He received his first film role as the Greek god Apollo in the 2010 remake of the 1981 film “Clash of the Titans.” He’s also featured in films such as “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” “Tamara Drewe,” “Robin Hood,” “Immortals,” & “The Three Musketeers.” Although he has been in quite a few well known films since his debut, you would be forgiven for not really knowing who he is as he hadn’t had many high profile roles to sink his teeth into, that was, until he was cast as the hero Bard the Bowman in “The Hobbit” trilogy and as the villainous Owen Shaw in “Fast & Furious 7” which, in turn, led to him sinking his teeth into his first lead role in a movie as the legendary Dracula in “Dracula Untold.”

As an openly gay man, Evans could be the first actor to play the infamous womanizer, and perhaps this could open a discussion about sexuality in mainstream media as there aren’t many blockbusters featuring lead characters who don’t conform to the stereotypical heterosexual white male cliché.  

Jamie Bell
Born in Billingham, Teesside on the 14th March 1986. Bell is perhaps best known for his role as the young ballet dancer Billy Elliot in the film of the same name which is a role he landed at the age of 13, much to the chagrin of the other 2,000 auditionees.

Since “Billy Elliot” Bell has been slowly building up his acting portfolio and has appeared in sixteen feature films since then, but had never really carried a project by himself: in “King Kong” he played second fiddle to Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody & Jack Black, in “Jumper” he played Hayden

Christensen’s renegade friend, in “Defiance” he played Daniel Craig & Live Schreiber’s little brother. His long-awaited second starring role came as the titular Tintin in Steven Spielberg’s animated re-imagining of the classic comic and TV series “the adventures of Tintin,” and later went on to co-lead the critically and commercially panned superhero movie “Fantastic 4” alongside some of Hollywood’s fastest rising actors.

Regardless of how many starring roles Bell has had over the years, even as the youngest candidate at the age of 30, he’s still one of the most experienced film actors on the shortlist for Bond.

Aidan Turner
Born 19th June 1983 in Dublin, Ireland. He received his first on-screen role in the pilot episode of “The Tudors” in an uncredited role, but it wasn’t long before he got his first starring role, as the very next project he was a part of he was cast in a major role in the Irish TV medical drama “The Clinic,” shortly after that he was cast as the lead in the short-lived show “Desperate Romantics.” Not long after that show was cancelled, he was cast as the 117-year-old vampire in the hit show “Being Human.”
Turner’s role in “Being Human” caught the eye of “The Lord of the Rings” director who then cast him as the dwarf Kíli in “The Hobbit” trilogy.

Even though he played a key part in one of the most successful movie franchises of all time (The Hobbit) Turner is perhaps best known as the perpetually shirtless star of the hit BBC series “Poldark” for which he has received critical acclaim & for more than just his shirtlessness.

Daniel Craig
And all this speculation may be for nought as Daniel Craig has, reportedly, been offered $150million (roughly £115million) to return to the role that Craig has grown to despise over the years for two more movies. It may not be likely, given how vocal he has been about not wanting to ever don the cufflinks ever again, but you can never be too sure when there’s a whiff of money, and $150m sure is an attractive aroma.

For those die hard fans we have a 9 1/2 hour James Bond Locations Tour from London.  As well as seeing many James Bond filming locations you will also enjoy learning how the films were made and see movie clips as you pass the locations.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

4 Day Pride and Prejudice Tour

Here at Brit Movie Tours we offer fans of the 1995 BBC version of  Pride and Prejudice a 4 day tour of all the filming sites they used to make the popular adaptation.  The 4 day location tour is run from 7th-10th June 2016 and again on 6th-9th September 2016 at a cost of £787 per person.  The tour includes 3 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast, professional tour guides, all entrance fees to the filming locations, coach travel, morning coffee in Bath and afternoon tea at Hunsford Parsonage.

In small groups the tour starts in bath where we visit the small village of Meryton where you will visit the Meryton Assembly rooms, Darcy's University, Bell Hotel in Bromley which was once the grandest hotel in Bromley, then onto Longbourn Church.

The second day we head Netherfield where you can photograph the grand exterior. We then visit Darcy’s London which is the locations they used for filming London. Then we visit Hunsford Parsonage which is the Old Rectory where we have afternoon tea and a full tour including the very room where Darcy first proposed. We then stay overnight in Hunsford and nearby.

Day three we visit Rosings garden grounds and all the rooms they used in the filming.  Next we head to  Pemberly interior before staying over night in the beautiful Peak District.

The final day of the tour we visit the village of Lambton before visiting the estate of Pemberly to see the grounds, the famous pond and see the first sight of the hours as was seen by Elizabeth.  There are plenty of photo opportunities and the tour ends at 5pm at Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

If you really want to look and feel the part for photographs why not hire an few Austen costumes for the tour.  We have links with Complete Costumes and recommend them highly.  Click here to see all the regency costumes they have for hire 

For more info and booking our Pride and Prejudice Tour of Locations follow the link below:

Monday, 29 February 2016

Star Wars Filming Locations

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was the highest grossing film of 2015. A lot of the filming locations now look set to get a boost from fans visiting the filming locations from the latest installment of this epic space saga. Scenes from The Force Awakens were filmed all over the world, including Iceland, Abu Dhabi, Ireland and the UK. When they were not out on location, Pinewood Studios was their base.

Iceland has already seen a boost of tourists thanks to lots of blockbuster movies and TV shows choosing to film there. HBO's Game of Thrones had a number of iconic scenes filmed in Iceland, but many other films have used the beautiful icy landscape. Interstellar, Noah, Thor: The Dark World and Oblivion all had scenes filmed in Iceland. There has been lots of talk about where in Iceland the filming for Star Wars was carried out. The Starkiller Base was shot in Iceland many people are saying that Mývatn and Krafla volcano was used and also the ice cap Eyjafjallajökull. The director J.J Abrams has confirmed that for planet Tatooine they filmed in the Rub' al Khali desert in Abu Dhabi.

Puzzlewood, a woodland site in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England was used in the forest scenes. It is known for its beauty and also it was the filming location for scenes in the Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter. Now the Forest of Dean tourist board has set up a 'star track' walk through the woods.

The scenes where X Wing fighters were cruising across lakes has been confirmed as the lakes at Derwentwater and Thirlmere in the Lake District. Crew were also seen filming at Greenham common which is retired British air force facility. There is also talk that the filming crew were up in Scotland. One scene looks suspiciously like Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, but this hasn't been confirmed.

What we are 100% sure of is that the final scene where Rey finds Luke Skywalker was filmed on the island of Skellig Michael. Skellig Michael is 8 miles off the coast of County Kerry in western Ireland and is the largest of the two Skellig islands. Since 1996 the island has be part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Skellig Michael is known for the protected wildlife it attracts and for the fact that is houses whats left of a 7th century monastery.

Here at Brit Movie Tours we have put together a 2 day Skellig Michael Tour of area where you get the option to climb up the rock or for those unable to climb to sail around it. You get to stay in the same hotel that director JJ Abrams and some of the cast and crew stayed during their filming.  This is a great tour for star wars fans or those who just would like to see the islands.

Most Successful Film Franchises - Harry Potter and James Bond- What are they about?

There are many successful movie franchises out there. Almost too many to count! The Dark Knight trilogy, Harry Potter, James Bond, Mission Impossible, Pirates of the Caribbean and the list goes on. Nevertheless, when you look at the two biggest ones around, Harry Potter and James bond, have you seen them? Do you know what they are about? For those that haven’t and don’t know exactly what they are about, who are considering to see them, this article will help you to get a little taste of what these series are all about and wither they are right for you.

Harry Potter 
Based on the books by J.K. Rowling, and staring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Orint, and Emma Watson, Harry Potter can be termed as a coming of age story with a little magic thrown into the mixture. It tells the story of Harry Potter, with his two friends, Ron and Hermione, as they try to discover the secrets of his past, his connection to Lord Voldemort who is the big bad guy around, and in the end, the obvious clash between good or evil. Not to lose sight of what really matters, the movies do a good job of following the books in that the action is not the focus but rather, the people, making the films more of a people film than just constant action end to end. Watching people grow up is much more entertaining than nonstop action.

Unadjusted for inflation and stretching from 2001 to 2011, this series has become the highest grossing in history and has made well over 7 billion in ticket receipts, the last movie coming to be the 4th highest grossing film of all time. The series has also won Academy Awards from everything from Best Original Score to Best Visual Effects, to Best Art Direction.

James Bond 
With over 23 films under his belt and more still coming, James Bond has shown for decades that you cannot ever grow tired of your favorite M16 spy. The most influential spy series ever that ushered in the modern spy genres, James Bond perfectly blends action, wit, and sex into a powerful combination that has been thrilling audiences since 1962. Based off the books of Ian Fleming, the films follow the adventures of James Bond (007) across his adventures across the world. Car chases, gunfights, evil villains, James Bond has all the things to keep lovers of spy and action films satisfied. Moreover, with no end in sight, unlike Harry Potter, you can be assured that you can have your appetite for the original beloved spy kept full for years to come.

Not just an action flick with nothing to endear it to you with the exception of explosions, the series has been critically acclaimed and has been nominated for many awards for its music. With its cultural impact from the spy genre to the saying “Bond… James Bond.”, James Bond has had a huge influence across the world and is one of the most beloved action heroes of all time.

For those that have not paid attention to Harry Potter or James Bond, you should see them. They have both become successful for a reason and you would surely be missing a great experience. Nobody watches anything votes to give it awards for nothing. They have to be good. So why not give these two a chance? You might actually like them for yourself.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Poldark Tour - Aidan Turner has put Cornwall firmly on the map

Earlier this month the filming of the latest Polark series in Cornwall was back in action. They had to call off filming last month due to fans interrupting shots by taking pictures with flashes. Fans of the TV show have been pouring into Cornwall to see the filming taking place and to get a sneak view of the eye candy that is Aidan Turner.

Here at Brit Movie Tours we have put together a day tour which takes you to many of the filming locations used in Poldark. You will get the chance to see the Wheel Leisure and Cornish mines and the beach where they helped themselves to the shipwrecks cargo. You will enjoy views from Lands End and also see properties which were used in the original 1970's Poldark series.

 Like all our tours we offer lots of snippets and behind the scene information you find hear about anywhere else. The tour also teaches you about Cornish Heritage and history and how hard life was in 18th Century Cornwall.

The cost of the tour for 1 – 4 persons (People Carrier with driver guide) is £380.  If you have a larger group of  5 people or more contact us for a quote.  To enquire or learn more information about the Poldark tour click here.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Tyrion Lannister - Games of Thrones’ Favorite Imp

Tyrion Lannister is the youngest of Tywin Lannister’s three children and easily the most popular character in Game of Thrones. Played by Peter Dinklage, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2011 and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in 2012, Tyrion is also regularly rated as the fan’s favorite from readers of the original fantasy novel series.

 Tyrion is in many ways a classic underdog. He is a dwarf who is regularly mocked by everyone around him, including members of his own family, especially his older sister Cersei. At the same time, his difficult birth resulted in the death of his mother, Joanna, an event that has meant his father never treated him with affection. Tywin’s coldness to Tyrion is exacerbated by Tyrion’s fondness for wine and women, which ironically has grown the more he is scorned. 

  Tywin’s opposition to Tyrion’s lifestyle stems from his own early life. Tywin’s father, while a lord, was also fond of the good life, which meant that the Lannisters lost respect around the kingdom, even from their own bannermen. The elder Lannister even replaced Tywin’s mother with his mistress, giving her the same jewels that Tywin’s mother had worn. Tywin resolved that he would restore the family to its former position using a mixture of cold brutality and realpolitik. His hard work and perseverance did indeed restore the family to greatness; the Lannisters now stand as one of the most powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms and easily the richest. 

Tyrion, for his part, has worked hard to gain his father’s respect in any way he can. He remarks early in Game of Thrones that while his brother Jaime has his sword, Tyrion’s weapon is his mind, which he keeps sharp by voracious reading. This knowledge is something he puts to good use throughout Game of Thrones, first by escaping the Vale when he was arrested and tried by the Tully sisters and then captured by wild mountain clans, and later still leading the defense of King’s Landing when it was attacked by the forces of Stannis Baratheon. Tyrion’s successful outwitting of both his sister and his nephew King Joffrey and employment of a giant chain to trap the enemy ships and then setting them alight with wildfire undoubtedly swung the battle for the Lannisters. He showed his own bravery in the battle by leading a sortie out of the city gates to confront Stannis’ forces battering at the gates. He rallied the Lannister forces with the cry, “Those are brave men knocking on our door. Let’s go kill them!”

Despite these heroics, and the grievous injury he suffered in the battle, his father still does not concede that Tyrion has ability. Instead, he ignores Tyrion while he is lying injured and then admonishes him for his continued relationship with his “whore” once he has recovered. Indeed, the only member of Tyrion’s immediate family who gives him affection and respect is his brother Jaime. Despite these continued snubs and insults, Tyrion maintains his wit and humor, as well as his humanity when many around him are losing theirs. He helps Sansa Stark when she is abused by his nephew Joffrey and then refuses to consummate their subsequent forced marriage against her will.

It is these qualities, along with Dinklage’s masterful portrayal that make Tyrion the fan favourite, which will inevitably continue into the sixth season as long as he lives! 

We just his performance in the Game of Thrones: The Musical – Peter Dinklage Teaser which they did for Red Nose Day:

If you are a die hard fan and just cant wait for the next series which will be shown next year, why not join other like minded folk on our Games of Thrones Filming Locations tour.  You get to see over 12 locations from series 1-4 and will be able to walk around the film set which they used for Winterfell. Like all our tours we like to give you inside gossip and our GOT tour is no different, you will hear lots of inside gossip from an actor who was an extra on the show.

To find out more and book click here.