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Stay Close – filming locations around Manchester as new Netflix crime drama tops charts
Stay Close, Netflix’s newest crime drama which has rocketed to the top of its most-watched list, was filmed all over the north west.
A huge chunk of the hit series was filmed around Manchester and its boroughs, with some familiar landmarks cropping up throughout.
Starring James Nesbitt, Cush Jumbo and Eddie Izzard,
Stay Close was released on New Year’s Eve on the streaming platform.
Its gripping plot follows four people, each concealing dark secrets from those closest to them.
The series is based on Harlan Coben’s book of the same name – the author was also behind Netflix smash hit The Stranger.
And much like The Stranger, a lot of the filming locations in Stay Close are right here on our doorstep.
Impossible bar in Stay Close. Credit: Netflix UK
There are a lot of dark happenings afoot at Vipers, the nightclub at the centre of much of Stay Close’s plot.
While the outside scenes were all filmed in Formby, the majority of the action takes place inside.
And it’s a bit closer to home – Netflix crews used Impossible bar on Peter Street to film all this, including the above scene with Michael Broome (James Nesbitt) and Lorraine Griggs (Sarah Parish).
The Refuge in Stay Close. Credit: Netflix UK
In the very first episode of Stay Close, we see lead character Megan (Cush Jumbo) heading out on her hen do.
The bride-to-be and her pals were actually gathered in The Refuge, the huge Manchester bar that’s part of the Kimpton Clocktower hotel building.
It’s a pretty striking venue and an easy one to spot.
The Stoller Hall
The Stoller Hall in Stay Close. Credit: Netflix UK
One of Manchester’s most striking concert venues – and also one of its most-recognisable – is The Stoller Hall.
The concert hall is part of the Chetham’s School of Music, close to Manchester Victoria train station.
In Stay Close, it was used in a scene where copper Brian (Jack Shalloo) watches his daughter play piano.
Credit: Netflix UK
Parts of Stay Close are set in a shop called Hannibal’s Animals – which was given a makeover for filming.
The unit is actually in Ashton-under-Lyne, on the corner of Stamford Street Central and Warrington Street.
In real life, the Tameside retail unit is a carpet shop.
Arley Hall in Stay Close. Credit: Netflix UK
In the final episode, we finally get to see the wedding of Megan and Dave.
Netflix chose the magnificent Arley Hall in Cheshire to film the big day.
The familiar building was also used in Peaky Blinders, where it doubled up as Tommy Shelby’s house.
The Edwardian Manchester
The Edwardian Manchester hotel in Stay Close. Credit: Netflix UK
Dave is led blind-folded through a rather familiar hotel lobby on the day of his stag do in Stay Close.
Eagle-eyed viewers may recognise the modern space as the entryway for The Edwardian Manchester, a Radisson Collection hotel on Peter Street.
The Drill Hall in Bury
The Castle Armoury Drill Hall in Bury in Stay Close. Credit: Netflix UK
The Grade II-listed Castle Armoury Drill Hall in Bury was also used by Netflix crews for Stay Close.
The historic military building was turned into Fourways Prison in several episodes of the hit series.
Credit: Netflix UK
Back to Tameside again – and this time to a local boozer.
Film crews will often change the appearance of a business for TV, but The Feathers appears completely unchanged in Stay Close.
The pub is on Stamford Street Central in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Credit: Netflix UK
The incredible house used as Megan’s home is actually in Manchester, and a lot of the action is set here.
The property is in the leafy suburb of Didsbury, not far from Wilmslow Road.
In the series, she lives in a massive house on
Pokusevski’s Deli in Heaton Moor in Stay Close. Credit: Netflix UK
Any brunch addicts out there will have recognised this a mile off.
One of the early Stay Close episodes was filmed inside
Pokusevski’s, the popular cafe and deli in Heaton Moor.
Featured image: Netflix UK
TV & Showbiz
Brian McFadden’s ‘free Botox and fillers’ face has shocked fans
Former Westlife star Brian McFadden has shocked his followers after sharing his swollen, deformed face.
The singer joked that he’d had ‘free Botox and fillers’ after he had an alarming allergic reaction to a bee sting.
Despite his puffy appearance, he saw the funny side, and shared a video of him singing along to
Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO.
In the video, 42-year-old Brian is clearly struggling to speak through his swollen lips and tongue.
He wrote on Instagram: “Stung by a bee and got an allergic reaction!! Owning that look! Free Botox and fillers!!!!!”
Brian has received thousands of comments from concerned fans – as well as few p*ss-takes from his fellow celebs.
Brian McFadden’s face has swollen up alarmingly after being stung by a bee. Credit: Instagram
Former Eastenders star Michael Greco wrote: “Women pay fortunes to look like that!!!”
Actor Jay Duffy quoted 1985 movie The Goonies, joking: “Heeeeyyyy uuuuuuu guuuuuyyyyssssss.”
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Golfer Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston commented: “1st beer of the night to last beer.”
His daughters Molly and Lilly respectively commented: “What have I told you about getting lip fillers off of Amazon ???!!”, and “You must’ve really pissed off your plastic surgeon.”
Denise Van Outen wrote: “Jeez.”
now updated on his encounter with the bee, sharing a photo of his face looking a bit more normal with the caption: “My face is calming down again. Thanks for all your lovely messages.”
Featured image: Instagram, @brianmcfadden123
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PrettyLittleThing advert banned for ‘sexualising’ teen TikTok star Alabama Barker
A PrettyLittleThing advert that starred musician Travis Barker’s daughter Alabama has been banned for ‘sexualising’ the 16-year-old.
The content creator, who has almost three million followers on TikTok and is a budding musician in her own right, was named as an ambassador of the fashion brand back in April.
But a campaign that featured the young star has now been banned by the Advertising Standards Agency, who found that the advert ‘depicted a person who was under 18 in a sexual way’.
The ASA said the Alabama Barker campaign was ‘irresponsible’ and ‘highlighted Ms Barker’s young age’ through its promotion of its Y2K collection.
Alabama Barker has appeared in a new campaign with PrettyLittleThing. Credit: Boohoo Group Plc
The images used in the PrettyLittleThing campaign include her ‘lying on a bed and licking her lips in a sexually suggestive manner’, crouching down in a way that ‘her buttocks were almost visible’, and ‘spraying a water hose which was positioned between her legs’.
ruling also noted images where Alabama was sucking a lollipop and clutching her chest.
PrettyLittleThing has now been ordered not to use the advert in its current form, and to ensure ‘future ads did not include images that portrayed or represented anyone who was, or seemed to be, under 18 in a sexual manner’.
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The Manchester-based fashion brand said it did not intend to sexualise Alabama Barker, and that the campaign was intended to be ‘girly, colourful, fun and playful’.
They said that she ‘posed in a similar style to images that could be seen on her
own Instagram account‘.
They also defended the hosepipe image, saying that ‘cooling down on the lawn on a hot day fitted the intended Y2K aesthetic’, and that open-mouthed poses are ‘currently popular with young people on social media’.
Featured image: Boohoo Group Plc