LE Mans Crescent in Bolton is fast becoming one of the country’s most familiar locations, featuring in a host of top TV shows.

With its distinctive cobbles and grand buildings, the crescent behind Bolton Town Hall has featured on programmes including Peaky Blinders, It’s a Sin and even more recently, the new spy thriller The Ipcress File.


Stills from The Ipcress File. ITV Studios.

Stills from The Ipcress File. ITV Studios.


A recently aired episode of The Peaky Blinders shows the steps of the Magistrates Court, as Tommy Shelby walks out and throws up at the side, before talking to his wife, Lizzie.

Le Mans Crescent is on full display in this scene, and the cast were spotted filming in the area for the sixth and final season.

The spot is transformed into 1920s London as the setting becomes the Eden Jazz Club.

It could become the last time the cast film here as the series finally concludes, but a film is also planned.


The Ipcress File filming.

The Ipcress File filming.


Fans gathered over six days in February this year to get a glimpse of the stars – especially Cillian Murphy as they filmed.

Le Mans Crescent has also been the location for The Ipcress File, a thriller with British spy Harry Palmer, played by Joe Cole. It is a reboot of the 1965 film which follows the spy as he goes undercover in the Cold War to find a British nuclear scientist.

The show was primarily filmed in Croatia, but Bolton, Liverpool and Cheshire also found their way into the filming scenes.

Cast members were spotted last year in February filming in Le Mans Crescent.

The six-part series was penned by BAFTA-winning Trainspotting writer John Hodge, while Black Mirror’s James Watkins sat in the director’s chair.

The Ipcress File is based on the Len Deighton book which has sold 10 million copies worldwide and inspired the 1965 Michael Caine film of the same name.

Lead actor Joe Cole is not new to Bolton as he also starred in Peaky Blinders as John Shelby.

With various side-hustles that ultimately land him trouble with the law, he finds himself facing an eight-year stretch in an English military jail before his talent is recruited by an intelligence officer.

Le Mans Crescent has become a most sought after TV location including Channel 4 series It’s A Sin as well as Sky One comedy, Brassic, starring Michelle Keegan.