The Pursuit of Love (BBC One)

  • Channel: BBC One / Amazon Prime Video

  • Production Company: Open Book Productions / Moonage Pictures

  • Genre: Comedy-drama

  • Writer: Emily Mortimer

  • Director: Emily Mortimer

  • Producer: Rhonda Smith

Three-part adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s celebrated 1945 novel, following cousins and best friends Linda Radlett (Lily James) and Fanny Logan (Emily Beecham) whose friendship is put to the test when they choose very different paths on their hunt for the ideal husband.

The Pursuit of Love filmed for three months during Summer 2020 on location in the Bristol and Bath area and at The Bottle Yard Studios. Some scenes were also completed in Paris, France.

Period sets built at The Bottle Yard included: Linda’s London home Cheyne Walk House (including the Cheyne Walk exterior which is bombed in the opening sequence of episode one, filmed at the Studios with the Capital’s skyline added afterwards by CGI); the Radlett’s country estate Alconleigh, including the important settings of Linda’s bathroom and ‘the Hons cupboard’; the ‘Merlinford’ estate belonging to the wealthy and eccentric Lord Merlin played by Andrew Scott; the Beverly Hills Hotel and The Ritz. Parts of Paris were also re-created at The Bottle Yard with the help of CGI, including the Gare du Nord railway station.

With support from Bath Film Office, the production team created a stunning period railway station inside Green Park Station, Bath’s former railway station. They also filmed exterior shots nearby in the Georgian terraced street of Green Park and outside No 1 Royal Crescent Museum.

Other locations used in the West of England region included National Trust properties Dyrham Park, Dinton Park and Phillips House, Stourhead House and Laycock Abbey in Wiltshire, and Avon Valley Railway in Bitton, South Gloucestershire.

The production team received a Special Mention in the 2020 Production Guild of Great Britain Awards for being one of the first High-end TV productions to get up and running after the UK-wide hiatus in filming caused by the first Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020.