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Have we got any music and drama enthusiasts? Well, this brand new TV show is for you!

‘This Town,’ the hot new six-part series that delves into Birmingham and Coventry’s ska and two-tone scene in the 1980s. Created by the team behind ‘Peaky Blinders,’ Steven Knight’s new series invites you on a journey into the world of main protagonist  Dante, and his extended family. The story follows a group of young Brummies, turning to music to escape the political unrest and showcases the transformative power of music through a tumultuous era.

Characters in This Town on BBC
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The series isn’t just a story set in any town, it’s set right here in Birmingham, and you may spot a cameo or two of Digbeth! Known for vibrant culture and history, Digbeth sets the stage for a journey through time and sound taking you back in time to the 80s!

The concept of ‘This Town,’ began in November 2020 when Steven Knight and producer Nick Angel embarked on a mission to bring the early 1980s UK music scene to life. Fast forward to November 2022, production kicked off at Digbeth Loc Studios! Digbeth Loc Studios joined our creative quarter last year, as a new hub for film and TV production.

The Digbeth Loc Studios
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Knight said “Digbeth is a very special area for me,” and “Digbeth is one of the great areas of Britain in terms of culture.” We have to agree!

Steven Knight and Mayor outside Digbeth Loc Studios
Image: Jacob King

The series soundtrack is filled with iconic hits from The Animals, Ray Charles, Bob Marley and more. Plus, the show features a mix of covers and original songs by artists such as Celeste, Gregory Porter, Sekou, and Self Esteem. We’ve created our very own ‘This Town,’ inspired Spotify playlist – check it out here!

'This Town' series, Dante in record shop
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Digbeth is quickly becoming the centre for TV production in Birmingham, with the announcement that production of the upcoming  Peaky Blinders movie will begin filming in Digbeth this September! In addition, Masterchef UK will also be filming this Autumn in Digbeth, and season 2 of Late Night Lycett, will begin filming at The Bond in Digbeth this Friday!

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