The streets of our city and boroughs have often doubled up as London, New York and more.
And now it’s emerged that the star-studded cast and prestigious team behind Netflix’s newest anthology series is latest lot to have taken advantage of what our historic city centre has to offer.
Filming for the six-part drama series Anatomy of a Scandal is currently taking place inside John Rylands Library.
So, what’s the show about then? And who will be starring in it?
Based on the critically-acclaimed 2017 novel of the same name by author Sarah Vaughn, Anatomy of a Scandal is being produced by Chamber Pictures and is described by Netflix as “an insightful and suspenseful series about sexual consent and privilege set in London”.
And with HBO’s Big Little Lies’ David E. Kelley heavily involved, it looks sure to be a hit.
Readers of the book will know that Anatomy of a Scandal addresses the issue of sexual assault, and the trauma experienced by survivors. We’re set to see a married Westminster politician James Whitehouse accused of raping his political aide, Olivia, with his wife Sophie believing that her husband is innocent, but prosecutor Kate believing that he’s guilty.
The book ultimately revolves around a marriage rocked to the core.
Forming part of the star-studded cast of big industry names is Sienna Miller, who stars as Sophie Whitehouse, an Oxford graduate who is a happily-married mother of two, until her husband – played by Rupert Friend – is accused of sexual assault.
Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery is cast to play the ambitious Kate Woodcroft QC, who is described as a steely criminal barrister specialising in prosecuting sexual crimes, and is now handling the high-profile case involving James Whitehouse.
Naomi Scott will also portray Olivia Lytton – a parliamentary researcher with a bright future.
Filming for Anatomy of a Scandal continues at John Rylands Library and around that area of Deansgate until tomorrow at 5pm.
The show is set to stream on Netflix sometime in 2021.
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Peter Kay issues heartfelt thanks to Manchester fans and teases ANOTHER big announcement
Peter Kay has sent a lovely message to fans in Manchester after making his triumphant return to the live scene last weekend.
The Bolton comedian has just ticked off the first two nights of a mammoth run at the AO Arena, which includes 42 Manchester shows between now and 2025.
On his opening night – his first real venture into the spotlight since he largely stepped away from the public eye 12 years ago – he was moved to tears by the standing ovation he received before he’d even started the show.
And now Peter has issued a heartfelt thank you message.
He said in a statement: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to the first shows in Manchester.
“It was incredible to be part of such a happy experience.
“Everybody deserves a bit of joy. Here’s to a lot more in the shows to come!!”
And that’s not all – his post also hinted that there’s yet another announcement to come (because apparently more than 100 tour dates and breaking the internet with ticket demand wasn’t enough).
The late monarch – who celebrated her Platinum Jubliee back in June 2022, before sadly passing away in September – the word guessing game that took the world by storm, and the disgraced Manchester United footballer are just three of the topics that have peaked the interest of Brits enough to search for them on Google this year.
Wordle took the top spot on the 2022 list, after gamers nationwide presumably used the search engine to figure out the answers each day.
The puzzle game beat out the 2022 World Cup – which is currently underway in Qatar with the Three Lions set to face France in the Quarter Finals – which came in second place, followed by Ukraine and Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) rounding out the top five.
As well as Ukraine, the country of Russia has also made its way into the top 10 most-searched topics, thanks to the latter’s invasion of the former.
Likely the most familiar name on the list to Mancunians will be that of Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood – who is due to face trial next year after being charged in 2022 with attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behaviour relating to the same woman.
Wordle is not alone on the list when it comes to games either, as its more difficult counterpart Quordle – which tasks hardcore players with guessing four words in just nine tries – ranked in eighth place on the list.
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was the subject of a new Netflix series starring Evan Peters in 2022, and actor Johnny Depp, who was at the forefront of a highly-publicised libel trial between him and his ex-wife Amber Heard for a considerable chunk of the year, are the last two searches to round out the top 10.