The Trial of Christine Keeler (BBC One)
Six part drama taking a fresh look at the 1960s ‘Profumo Affair’, starring Sophie Cookson, James Norton, Ellie Bamber, Ben Miles and Emilia Fox.
The Trial of Christine Keeler filmed for 17 weeks in Bristol from Dec 2018 to Apr 2019, with full production based at The Bottle Yard Studios which also accommodated purpose-built sets housed in 15,000 sq ft of space, including interiors of Wimpole Mews (Stephen Ward’s home) and Marylebone Police Station.
Bristol Film Office assisted filming at at more than 10 locations around the city, which recreated 1960s London, including Central Library (which doubled for Marylebone Police Station), offices above St Nicholas’ Market (War Office and MI5), Wills Memorial Building (House of Commons) and Lord Mayor’s Mansion House (Mayfair restaurant and hotel room). St Paul’s doubled for Notting Hill and other locations included Goldney Hall, City Hall, Caledonia Place, Berkley Square, Corn Street, Small Street and Broad Street. Filming also took place for eight days at The Guildhall in Bath, which doubled for The Old Bailey.
Executive Producer Douglas Rae said: “What you have created here in Bristol is very special. To be able to produce a major drama with over 80 speaking parts and up to 500 people working on it, and to find everything you need in one city that you can get around so easily compared to London, is a remarkable thing. Bristol deserves a BAFTA for the best place to make drama.”