Prolific comic book legend Stan Lee has already co-created iconic American superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and Thor – but the TV adaptation of his latest creation is very much a Londoner.

Lucky Man is set all around the capital – including Brockley’s Rivoli Ballroom - and stars James Nesbitt with the superpower of good luck. It begins on Sky 1 at 9pm on Friday, January 22.

Speaking to MCM Buzz recently, Lee, 93, said: “London has everything you could want in a city that has to smack of realism and yet have an air of fantasy about it. I’ve loved London from Arthur Conan Doyle’s descriptions in his novels, and having visited myself. I am thrilled the show is filmed and set here.”

Nesbitt added: “The locations are incredible. We filmed on the top floor of the Tate Modern with extraordinary views of St Paul’s and the river.

“London will be shown in a very modern context, in quite a slick and sexy way. What is so interesting about the city is that it still has the ancient buildings right next to the modern, and that’s most obvious in the shots of St Paul’s, which makes a very striking image. The pace of the show is integral and London really helps with that.”

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The Rivoli is used as a pole dancing club where detectives go to question a character, while a few miles away in Southwark, an apartment in Bermondsey Street was host to – among others – a grisly scene where a head is found in the freezer and Nesbitt’s character hides in Southwark park having escaped jail before going on the run through the Mursell Estate in Lambeth.

FilmFixer runs the film office for Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark councils. Its director Andrew Pavord said: “This production has managed to shoot breathtaking scenes with minimal disruption to Londoners. Kind donations were made to many resident groups, so locals might benefit directly.

“These included Clerkenwell Green Conservation Society in Islington and residents in Lambeth’s Mursell Estate and Albert Square. In Southwark, Friends of Burgess Park, Bankside Residents Forum and Shad Thames Residents Associations all received funds by way of thanks as well.”

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