Where Your Favorite British TV Shows Take Place, Mapped
If you’re not intimately familiar with England's geography, you may not be entirely sure of where your favorite British shows are set—unless they happen to be set in London. But a print from Chicago-based graphic designer Tim Ritz, spotted by CityLab, will show you exactly where shows like Downton Abbey, Peaky Blinders, and The Office take place.
The poster even zooms in to map London-specific shows on the city level, and tells you not only where shows are set, but where they’re actually shot and which channel they air on. The Great British Bake Off’s latest series was filmed in Welford Park, just west of London. The UK version of The Office is set in the same county, in Slough, about 20 miles from London. The teen drama Skins is set in Bristol, another one of those towns many Americans have heard of but may have no idea how to find on a map. (It's in South West England.)
In addition to series shot in England, the UK map features shows set in Scotland (like Outlander), Northern Ireland (like The Fall), and Wales (there's one: Doctor Who), as well as Ireland.
Click to enlarge. Image Credit: Tim Ritz
Whether or not you’ve ever wondered exactly where Downton Abbey is located, the map can give TV fans greater context about the shows they watch, especially period pieces like Outlander or Pride and Prejudice, in which characters travel across the UK without the luxury of 21st-century transportation systems.