The exam season is right around the corner, which seems like the best time to catch up on your favorite series you've been neglecting because of your studies. Or start a new one. Or marathon something you've already seen twice... err, okay, maybe let's just say that watching one quick episode as a study break (emphasis on ONE) is a great motivator during the long days of cramming. Did you know that Hungary is one of the most popular filming locations? Almost everybody has been, or has a friend who has been an extra on a big film set. The absolute truth is that it is perfectly normal here to run into a film crew on any given day of the week. At the moment the city is raving about the fact that they are shooting Blade Runner 2 here! How cool is that? On different occasions, Budapest has been dressed up as Paris, Vienna, Buenos Aires, and even Moscow. Because of the great number of studios, experienced professionals, tax cuts for filming, and the wonderful locations, Budapest has become one of the most popular places in the film industry, not only for big motion pictures but for series as well.
Today, we've gathered a few series which have been shot in Hungary. Can you recognize places you know?
"X Company is an emotionally driven adventure drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits – Canadian, American and British – torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in Camp X: an ultra-secret training facility on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Our agents parachute behind enemy lines, where they’re fair game for torture and execution. From elegant hotels to hell-holes in the field, it’s one risky operation after another, masterminded by the brains of Camp X. Sabotage, bombs, arming and training guerrilla fighters, rescue operations, deception campaigns, even assassination: we feel, up close and intimate, both the adrenaline joyride and the dirty-hands nightmare as shining ideals collide with the emotional realities of fighting a war where no rules apply.
Inspired by remarkable true stories, X Company is about the origin of spycraft. It’s an aspirational world, combining glamour, grit, and gadgets. It’s about the birth of mass propaganda, the first fights against terror, and the heroes that led the charge to change our world." (source: http://www.cbc.ca/xcompany/)
"The Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels. The series premiered on 10 October 2015 on BBC America, and on BBC Two in the UK on 22 October 2015. A second series of eight episodes co-produced by Netflix after the exit of BBC America began airing on BBC Two in the UK. Set in the late 9th century AD, when England was divided into seven separate kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are gradually attacked, plundered and in many areas effectively ruled by Viking Danes. The Kingdom of Wessex remains the last major stronghold against the Danes." (source: Wikipedia)
"Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed, the younger of two sons of an infamous Middle-Eastern tyrant, has been running from his past for 20 years. Now a pediatrician living in the United States, he has an American wife, son and daughter, and no desire to revisit his familial origins. However, when he is reluctantly compelled to return to his home country (the fictional Abuddin) for his nephew's wedding, he is quickly drawn into a taut political crisis when his father passes away in the midst of growing popular revolution against the ruling family. Bassam must now attempt to use his influence to guide the new President, his brutal and unstable older brother Jamal, to a political solution that will avert a bloody conflict." (source: Wikipedia)
"Emerald City is an American fantasy television series developed for NBC by Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman, and based on the Oz book series written by L. Frank Baum, set in the fictional Land of Oz. After being transported from Lucas, Kansas to the Land of Oz by a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale sets out to find the Wizard, unaware that she is about to fulfill a prophecy that will change everyone's lives forever." (source: Wikipedia)
Coming soon! Crime reporter, John Moore, meets with psychologist, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.
They've just finished filming in Lónyay street!