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With both ITV and the BBC residing in Manchester, there is no shortage of TV greats that were produced in the city. Here are some of the most popular TV shows that were made in Manchester.

Coronation Street

Coronation Street is synonymous with Manchester. Famed for its cobbled street and northern setting, the most famous street in the North West has been on our screens since 1960 and is one of the longest running shows on TV.

Songs of Praise

Produced by the BBC in Manchester since 1961, Songs of Praise is a religious themed show with a focus on hymns and stories of faith. The program is broadcast on a Sunday night and has remained popular since it was first aired.


The Granada TV produced crime drama starring Robbie Coltrane originally aired from 1993 – 1996 and returned for a special 2 hour episode in 2006. Set in Manchester, the show was filmed in numerous locations across the city.

The Royle Family

The Royle Family is a British sitcom centred around the everyday life of a Mancunian family. The song Half the World Away by Oasis was used as the shows theme tune.

University Challenge

University challenge first aired from 1962 – 1987 on ITV. The program was revived in 1994 by the BBC and is still currently broadcasting. Since 2013, the show has been produced at Media City, prior to this, filming took place at Granada Studios.

A Question of Sport

A Question of Sport has been on our tv screens for over 40 years. First broadcast in 1970, the quiz show has seen many different presenters and team members. Former team captains include, Fred Trueman, Frankie Dettori, Ian Botham and Ally McCoist.

Dragons’ Den

Dragons’ Den has been produced by BBC Manchester since the show first aired in 2005. The show provides a platform for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to the ‘dragons’ in the hope of securing their investment.

Red Dwarf

The first 4 series of the comedy Red Dwarf were filmed in Manchester before production relocated to Shepperton Studios in Surrey. Red Dwarf first hit screen in 1988 and was produced by BBC Manchester on Oxford Road.

Cold Feet

Cold Feet was one of the most popular shows of the 90s and was broadcast on ITV from 1998 – 2003. Filming took place in numerous locations across Manchester including Didsbury and Chorlton.

Life on Mars

Set in 1970s Manchester, Life on Mars was broadcast on BBC 1 between 2006 and 2007. The show follows an officer from the Greater Manchester Police force (played by John Simm) as he wakes up in the 1970s following a car accident. Filming locations for the show include Stockport, Collyhurst and Manchester City Centre.

I’m Emma Schwartz, a Content Writer and SEO Specialist from Manchester. I love exploring local history and writing about the past. You will find lots of articles on this site about a variety of historical and nostalgic topics. If you have any memories or stories you would like to share with us, please feel free to get in touch.
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