Brand new E4 comedy horror series Crazyhead, which filmed at The Bottle Yard Studios and across Bristol over the summer, is set to hit TV screens tomorrow.
The six-part show from BAFTA award-winning creator of Misfits Howard Overman, which follows the angst and exorcisms of an unlikely duo of demon hunters, begins on E4 on Wednesday 19th October at 9pm, with Netflix streaming the series globally following the UK premiere.
Crazyhead built bespoke sets in The Bottle Yard Studios’ Tank House 2 and Green Screen Studio and stored props on site. Filming took place for 14 weeks across Bristol, and Bristol Film Office assisted with recces for a wide range of locations, including a number of council flat blocks, which led to the production sourcing their ideal location for the main character’s flat. Other locations used included the M-Shed (which doubled as a nightclub), Millennium Promenade, Ashton Court Estate and Mansion House, O2 Academy, At Bristol, a tenpin bowling alley at Avonmeads Retail Park in Brislington and Imperial Park in Hengrove. Unit bases coordinated by Bristol Film Office were set up at Redcliffe Wharf, St Peters Square and Ashton Court.
Natalie Moore, Bristol Film Office, said: “It was fantastic to support Urban Myth Films for the filming of Crazyhead in the summer. Bristol has been home to a number of iconic fantasy-based shows over the years, such as Being Human and Doctor Who. This exciting new production, billed as a British Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will speak to young audiences, showcasing our modern and urban locations around the world when the series streams on Netflix after the UK premiere.’
Fiona Francombe, Site Director of The Bottle Yard Studios, said: ‘It was a fantastic achievement for us this summer to attract Urban Myth Films to make Crazyhead at The Bottle Yard Studios. The amount of flexible space we have to offer and our impressively large green screen studio, coupled with the excellent city locations nearby, strong crew infrastructure and expert support from Bristol Film Office, gave us the competitive edge over other centres of production. This exciting new series is one more to add to our growing studio credits and we hope to attract more high calibre London-based production companies like Urban Myth Films to The Bottle Yard in the future.”
At the time of filming, Producer Gareth Williams said: ‘With multiple studios, including a full green screen stage, prop storage and construction, The Bottle Yard Studios provides the best studio facilities in the West country. Run by ex location manager Fiona Francombe, her understanding of the film industry makes her team flexible and proactive, a valuable asset to any production. The studio areas are spacious and easily facilitated with an excellent choice of 3rd party companies on site and in the surrounding area that can supplement almost every department. Virtually any location that you can think of can be found within an hour of The Bottle Yard Studios and Bristol Film Office has great local knowledge and do everything they can to assist with finding locations and supporting filming. All of this combined with Bristol’s and the West’s ample supply of good and highly experienced crew, contributed to the choice of using The Bottle Yard Studios an easy one.’
Crazyhead is produced by Urban Myth Films for Channel 4 in association with Netflix. It is executive produced by Howard Overman with his Urban Myths co-founders Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy. The series was commissioned by Channel 4 Head of Drama Piers Wenger and Beth Willis with Lee Mason as commissioning executive for C4.
Cast includes Cara Theobold (Downtown Abbey), Susan Wokoma (E4’s Chewing Gum), Riann Steele (In The Flesh, Lewis Reeves (Unforgotten), Arinze Kene (Youngers) and Tony Curran (Defiance, Sons of Anarchy).