Bristol is an outstanding location, and many famous programmes and films have been made here. Below are just a few of the most famous examples.
The hugely popular Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, Creature Comforts, Robbie the Reindeer, Arthur Christmas and the new film, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists were all made by the Oscar award-winning Aardman Animations here in Bristol. Creature Comforts was inspired by Nick Park's visits to Bristol Zoo Gardens and features voices of local Bristolians.
Bristol's Lord Mayor officially opened BBC Bristol's four studios at 23 Whiteladies Road on 18 September 1934. The BBC Natural History Unit (NHU) is acknowledged as the leading maker of television and radio programmes on wildlife and natural history anywhere in the world. Based in Bristol, the NHU output covers a wide range of programme subjects and formats.
An annual filmmaking competition presented by Bristol City Council, Bristol Film Office, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and Mshed that takes place over 5 days in May or June in Bristol. Filmmakers are challenged to write, shoot and edit a 3 minute film within 117 hours, all the films must fulfil a brief and have a connection to the three main galleries at Mshed; Bristol People, Bristol Places, Bristol Stories. Watch the films from 2013.
The Truth About Love (2007) - This romantic comedy was filmed at locations including Clifton Suspension Bridge, Park Place (Clifton), Merchants Quay/Redcliffe Wharf, Severnshed and The Paragon (Clifton).
Starter For Ten (2006) - UK feature starring James McAvoy 1980s drama/comedy about a Bristol University student determined to appear on University Challenge. Locations include Bristol University, Royal York Crescent, Redcliffe Wharf and Christmas Steps.
These Foolish Things (2004) - UK feature starring Lauren Bacall and Angelica Huston. This drama/comedy set in 1930s London was filmed at locations including King Street (doubled for Soho) and Colston Hall.
Being Human (2008-) - A British television supernatural drama-comedy series, broadcast on BBC Three. It stars Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey and Aidan Turner as three apparent twenty-something characters sharing a house in Bristol, trying to live a normal social life, despite being a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire respectively.
Deal or No Deal - This popular quiz challenge show is filmed in Bristol at Endemol West's studios, where many other shows such as Channel 5's Brainteaser are also filmed.
Casualty (1986-2009) - BBC's prime time Saturday night TV series was filmed in Bristol for over 20 years. Casualty was filmed in an old warehouse in St Phillips and at outdoor locations around the city.
Mistresses - Bristol's answer to Sex & The City, Mistresses followed four 30-something women through the trials and tribulations of their lives. Filmed at locations throughout Bristol and Bath.
Don't Die Young - Dr Alice Roberts, senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Anatomy at Bristol University, demystifies the inner workings of the body to help our understanding of how lifestyle impacts on lifespan in this BBC series.
Afterlife - ITV's supernatural thriller filmed its series in Bristol studios and locations including Southville (Greville Road), Welsh Back, Bristol Buttery and the Cumberland Basin.
Teachers - This comedy following a group of teachers both inside and outside the classroom was filmed in Lockleaze School, The Promenade (Clifton) and various Clifton streets.
Skins - E4's drama from the makers of Shameless follows the story of a group of Bristol teenagers, filmed at locations throughout the city.
Animal Magic - This popular children's TV programme, filmed at Bristol Zoo Gardens, ran for a total of 21 years, eventually ending in 1984.
Shoestring - Private eye TV series filmed in Bristol.
The Young Ones - Incredibly popular 80s student sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson, filmed in and around Redland.
House of Elliott - Filmed in Berkeley Square, just off Park Street.
Only Fools and Horses - Nelson Mandela House exteriors were filmed at a housing estate in Bedminster and the episode 'Heroes and Villains', where Del and Rodney run down the street dressed as Batman and Robin, was filmed in Broadmead, central Bristol.
Berkeley Square - Scenes from this show were filmed in Vyvyan Terrace, Clifton.
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