Where was Succession filmed?

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With a magnificent array of irredeemably awful characters, beautifully played and immaculately written, Sky Atlantic’s Succession is one of television’s greatest pleasures. Now into its second season, this darkly comic creation of Peep Show and In The Loop writer Jesse Armstrong digs ever deeper into the machinations of the media business empire and family of patriarch Logan Roy, and on the way takes us to some suitably money-no-object locations.

  • Where was Succession filmed?

    Roy is, as we learn this season, originally from Scotland but the base of the family and the show is New York City. At its heart are two locations, Logan’s house on Fifth Avenue (pictured above) and the head office of his Waystar Royco empire. The home, a high-ceilinged Billionaire’s Row townhouse straight out of the Gilded Age, is created mostly in a studio. When we see the lobby, though, it’s really the entrance to the American Irish Historical Society, which is indeed on Fifth Avenue, overlooking the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. The offices, meanwhile, are recreated in two empty areas in the World Trade Center, in blocks 4 and 7, giving the authentic top-of-the-world views over Midtown Manhattan.

  • Where was Succession filmed?

    Season 1 showed us a variety of other NYC spots, from the company gala held in the Cunard Building on Broadway to the East New York Freight Tunnel, a graffiti-heavy section of unused railroad track that provided the entrance to the elite party visited for the bachelor party of in-law-to-be Tom (Matthew Macfadyen). We also saw the Downtown Manhattan Heliport at Pier 6 (pictured above), where the family choppered out in the first episode for a high-stakes game of rounders starring rogue son Roman (Kieran Culkin), and the Bellevue Hospital, the revered institution on First Avenue where Logan is taken when he suffers a stroke.

  • Where was Succession filmed?

    For Season 2, we’re introduced to a new home for daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Tom, filmed in an unspecified penthouse overlooking Brooklyn Bridge, and we’ve already seen middle son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) in Del Posto on 10th Avenue, the most lavish of NYC’s Italian restaurants. This time, though, the focus has been out of the city, and even out of the country. In Episode 2, the family celebrate a child’s birthday at one of the company’s adventure parks, Brightstar – in fact, Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury (pictured above), upstate New York, the same location where in Season 1 we saw the bumbling Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) vomiting into his chicken costume. Later in the season we’ll visit nearby Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, a palatial timber resort in the Adirondacks that serves as the setting for a media conference.

  • Where was Succession filmed?

    Before that, in a move reminiscent of Season 1’s family trip to the New Mexico ranch of ludicrous elder brother Connor (Alan Ruck), we’re taken to a summit in Roy’s new house in the Hamptons (pictured above), where a highly symbolic raccoon is causing a stink in the chimney. This is really the Henry Ford Estate at Jule Pond, in Mecox Bay, Southampton, built by Henry Ford II in 1960 and, with 42 acres and the largest ocean frontage in the region, recently valued at $175 million. Later in the series, the Roys visit business rivals the Pierces at another mansion, filmed at Salutation Manor in Glen Cove, on the north shore of Long Island. Situated on its own 48-acre island, this was built by a grandson of financier JP Morgan in 1919 and, with its long gallery corridors and formal drawing rooms, very much looks like it.

  • Where was Succession filmed?

    One of Season 2’s most gruelling scenes takes place at the company retreat in Hungary, after a day shooting, drinking and plotting. Despite the ambience of old European royal residence, this was in fact shot close to Salutation Manor, at Oheka Castle in Huntington. Built (and named after) financier Otto Hermann Kahn in the 1910s, it’s a 127-roomed fairytale castle in the French style, down to the perfectly symmetrical sunken garden, used in photographic form as Kane’s Xanadu in Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and now a hotel.

    Such simulation isn’t typical of the show, which generally goes where it says it is. In Season 1, Shiv’s wedding took place at the home of her English mother, Lady Caroline (Harriet Walter), filmed at Eastnor Castle (pictured above) in Herefordshire, a fantastical faux-medieval construction from the 19th century that has featured on film and TV for 50 years, including the BBC’s children’s classic The Box of Delights and Madonna’s reviled biopic of Wallace Simpson, W.E. (2012). Season 2 will see the Roys back in the UK, this time heading for Logan’s hometown of Dundee, where he’s honoured at the new space-age riverside V&A Museum, and also Glasgow, where filming took place around George Square in May 2019.

  • Where was Succession filmed?

    For the season finale, the Roys (pictured above) head to pastures new, in the Aegean Sea and Croatia. The production headed to the island of Korcula, filming both on a yacht and in the Old Town, taking in the 15th-century St Mark’s Cathedral and shoreside restaurant Cupido. As always with Succession, expect the views to be beautiful and the behaviour to be very ugly indeed.

    ‘Succession’ continues on Sky Atlantic, Mondays at 2am and 9pm

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    Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy

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    Jeremy Strong

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    Jeremy Strong

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    Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy