Cambridge has provided a stunning backdrop to many films and TV series.

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Showcasing Cambridge University as an elite institution as well as sharing the insights of the student’s lives, is and has always been a famous theme for the British Cinema. These are famous and great movies and series that you need to add to your must watch list, they feature the beautiful streets of the city. Cambridge has lots of hidden gems!

Bachelor of Hearts (1958)
One of the first movies recorded in Cambridge is the ‘Bachelor of Hearts’. Besides the numerous scenes recorded around the colleges, this movie was also filmed around the River Cam. With Cambridge as the real background, this film tells the story of a German ‘exchange’ student, who got stunned by the traditional British customs and manners. This ‘not so popular’ romantic comedy, is a clear inside of how great is it to use Cambridge as a background not only visually but also as the narrative.

Chariots of Fire (1981)
It’s impossible to miss the beautiful Cambridge university architecture in this historical drama!
The film depicts the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics. One of the runners is a devoted Christian while the other is Jewish. In fact, the Jewish runner was a student from Gonville and Caius College. Although most of the interior scenes were filmed at Eton College, north of Windsor, Cambridge University was captured and plays a huge part in this movie.

Elizabeth – The Golden Age (2007)
Certainly the most inedit movie which portraited Cambridge as its background was the biographical drama of the warrior Queen Elizabeth I of England. St John’s College was one of the sets of this movie, where Cate Blanchett as the Queen, represents the massive influence of her character on the history of her people during the Golden Age. There’s also an iconic scene in this movie shooted along the River Cam with the Bridge of Sighs as the background.
Some kind of beautiful (2014)

Actually this romantic comedy is more based in Los Angeles, where there narrative of this story expands. Although, the movie starts around Cambridge, filming Pierce Brosnan who bring to life Richard Haig – a English Professor at Cambridge University. Therefore the initial scenes of this movie take place around our lovely city and historic university buildings. Leading up to LA where his love story with one of his undergraduated students take place.

The theory of Everything (2014)
One of the most successful British movies of all times, it has won two Golden awards, one Oscar and then BAFTA nominations. This biographical romantic drama tells the story of Cambridge local Stephen Hawking – one of the most renowned scientific minds in history – and explores his life as he is diagnosed with motor neuron disease aged just 21.
Cambridge is the main location of the whole story. With lots of beautiful Cambridge colleges, for instance Trinity College and St John’s College, and cobbled streets for its backdrop, the film delves into student life at the University of Cambridge, and shows the romance between Hawking and fellow collegian Jane Wilde – played by the talented Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. They filmed along Queen’s Road, along the famous College’s Backs, at Kitchen Bridge for the May Ball scene with the iconic firework display. It’s definitely a must-see!

Grandchester (2014)
The popular ITV detective crime drama Grandchester is filmed in a small village that lies on the River Cam in South of Cambridge. The drama is set in 1950s in the village of the same name and stars James Norton, Robson Green, and Tom Brittney. Strangely, despite being sparsely populated in, Grandchester is also thought to have the world’s highest concentration of Nobel Prize winners, perhaps down to its relatively close proximity to the University of Cambridge. The series is based in Grandchester Mysteries, collections of short stories written by James Runcie. 
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

In addition to this list of famous movies filmed in Cambridge, there’s also this inspirational movie where Dev Patel, portraits an Indian mathematician named Srinivasa Ramanujan. A character that was successfully admitted into Cambridge University, becoming later on a pioneer in mathematical theories. Set mainly in Trinity College, located west of the city centre, there are plenty of cobbled streets and renowned architectural monuments to enjoy alongside the story.