Edinburgh is no stranger to the big screen, with classic films and TV programmes having been filmed or set here. Many will know of classics like Sunshine on Leith, Trainspotting and Hallam Foe as well as more recent films including the ninth instalment of Fast and the Furious and Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
There are also several TV shows based or partially filmed in the Capital, including Irvine Welsh’s Crime, Ian Rankin’s detective series Rebus and Good Omens.
We asked our readers to tell us their favourite film or TV show based or filmed in Edinburgh and here are some of their top suggestions. From Looking After Jo Jo, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Angels’ Share to Hollywood blockbusters like The Avengers, Edinburgh’s picturesque views certainty lend themselves to the screen.
Here are 13 films and TV shows filmed in Edinburgh. Let us know in the comments what you think of the list.
Widely regarded as one of the best films of the 1990s, Trainspotting portrays a group of friends - including Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Spud as they navigate through life and battle heroin addiction. Filmed across Glasgow and Edinburgh, many remember the iconic opening scene where Renton and Spud sprint down Princes and Calton Road after a shoplifting spree Photo: John Irving, flickr
2. Good Omens
The popular TV series starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen follows the daemon and angel characters as they save the world from Armageddon. The second season saw Edinburgh feature in the show with scenes filmed in Stockbridge and Inverleith, with Newington pub, The Cask and Barrel being transformed into The Resurrectionist bar for the production Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images
Another screen adaption inspired by the work of an Edinburgh author, Rebus was based on Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels. Originally starring John Hannah and later Ken Stott we see Rebus investigate murders, missing people and human trafficking cases across the capital with some memorable scenes including Candlemaker Row, New Town, the Parliament building and Musselburgh beach Photo: John Devlin
4. Looking After Jo Jo
The 1998 TV series starring Robert Carlyle, was a top pick from our readers. Set in the 1980s and filmed at locations in Sighthill and Niddrie, the four-part mini-series follows the turbulent life of drug dealer, Jo Jo McCann Photo: DONALD MACLEOD/TSPL