McDonald & Dodds

McDonald & Dodds (image: ITV)
  • Channel: ITV

  • Production Company: Mammoth Screen

  • Genre: Drama

  • Writer: Robert Murphy

  • Directors: Richard Senior, Laura Scrivano (series 1); Ian Aryeh, Alex Pillai, Rebecca Rycroft (series 2); Robert Quinn, Sasha Ransome, Isher Sahota (series 3)

  • Producers: Amy Thurgood (series 1); Sarah Lewis (series 1 & 2); Rebecca Lewis (series 3)

Popular crime series starring BAFTA-winner Jason Watkins alongside Tala Gouveia as an unlikely detective duo investigating mysterious murders in Bath.

Series one comprises two episodes that were filmed over ten weeks from Aug – Oct 2019. The Bottle Yard was the production team’s headquarters and sets were built at the Studios for the show’s central police station and police incident trailer interiors. Much of the exterior filming took place in Bath at locations including Lansdown Crescent, Parade Gardens, Abbey Churchyard, The Guildhall and The Bell Pub. Bristol Film Office also assisted filming at a number of Bristol locations including Goldney Hall in Clifton, Wills Memorial Hall on Park Street, the Marriot Hotel on College Green and Queen’s Square.

For series two, three two hour episodes were produced. Mammoth Screen spent four months from September 2020 filming in the West Country, supported by Bristol and Bath Film Offices. A number of locations were used in Bath, including Royal Victoria Park, the Guildhall and the Indigo Hotel on South Parade. Location filming took place in Bristol; A Bond Tobacco Warehouse on Cumberland Road was transformed into a wartime bunker for episode two, whilst filming also took place on Berkeley Square and at City Hall, in the Lord Mayor’s Reception Room.

Three episodes were produced for series three in 2021. Headquarters were once more based at The Bottle Yard, where sets were built for the police station precinct. Bath Film Office assisted filming on numerous streets in Bath including Bathwick Hill, Trim Street, Bartlett Street, Margaret’s Buildings, The Circus, Abbey Churchyard and Englishcombe Lane. Water locations included the Kennet & Avon Canal and Riverside Walk, whilst green spaces Parade Gardens and Alexandra Park will also feature on screen in the new series. Filming also took place on Moon Street in Bristol’s Stokes Croft area, with support from Bristol Film Office. Locations further afield included Haynes Motor Museum, Dundas Aqueduct and Tyntesfield in Somerset, and Castle Combe racetrack in Wiltshire.