If you’ve already made your way through the best TV shows filmed in Bristol you can watch now, fear not – there are plenty more Bristol-made TV programmes on the way.

Not even the pandemic could stop our UNESCO City of Film creating great TV. With robust Covid-19 safety protocols in place, the local industry has been able to adapt the city’s film-friendly infrastructure so casts and crews could keep working.

From suburban streets to landmark buildings, look out for Bristol locations in this mix of brand new and returning series in 2021 and beyond.  

McDonald & Dodds

We have just days to wait for series two of McDonald & Dodds – it returns to our screens Sunday 28 February. The ITV crime drama stars BAFTA-winner Jason Watkins (who also appeared in another series filmed in Bristol, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jenkins) alongside Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Tala Gouveia.

While the series is set in Bath, it's filmed in both cities. Catch up on series one over on ITV Hub and spot Bristol locations such as Goldney Hall in Clifton, Wills Memorial Hall on Park Street, the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel on College Green and Queen Square.

Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia, McDonald and Dodds

Image - McDonald & Dodds, credit Mammoth Screen

The Pursuit of Love

Nancy Mitford fans can look forward to Emily Mortimer’s adaptation of The Pursuit of Love, starring Lily James, Dominic West, Emily Beecham and Andrew Scott. Set between the two world wars, the rom-com drama follows the adventures and misadventures of the charismatic and fearless Linda Radlett (played by James) and her best friend and cousin Fanny Logan (played by Beecham).

The series was filmed at Bottle Yard Studios as well as locations around the city, so keep your eyes peeled for Bristol backdrops when it airs on BBC One later in 2021.

Lily James and Emily Beecham in The Pursuit of Love

Image - The Pursuit of Love, credit Theodora Films Limited & Moonage Pictures Limited, Robert Viglasky

War of the Worlds

Bristol will once again star as a London under alien invasion for series two of Fox TV’s War of the Worlds, the modern-day adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi tale. Filming wrapped at the end of October and is expected to air this spring, featuring stars Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern and Daisy Edgar Jones.  

Do some Bristol location spotting while you catch up on series one via Amazon Prime. College Street, St George’s Street, City Hall, Orchard Street, Queen Square, the Create Centre on Spike Island, Armada House on Dove Street and Stapleton Road were all used by the production team.

The One

There’s more sci-fi action to come this spring with 10-part Netflix series The One, which you can watch from 12 March. Based on the John Marr novel of the same name, it imagines the consequences of a scientific breakthrough allowing people to use DNA testing to find their ideal partner. Filming took place across Bristol in 2020 as well as in Cardiff and Newport.  

Manhunt II: The Night Stalker

Martin Clunes will play former London Metropolitan Police detective DCI Colin Sutton once again in ITV’s true-crime drama Manhunt. The sequel follows Sutton’s pursuit of a notorious serial rapist, whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in south east London living in fear.

Filming took place in Bristol last year, with the crew spotted in places like Berkeley Square in Clifton, St Marks Road in Easton and Reedley Road in Stoke Bishop. There’s no release date yet but it's expected to return to ITV before the end of the year.  

The Offenders

Stephen Merchant’s new comic crime thriller The Offenders is the first series the actor, writer and director has made in here in his home city. The story will follow seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a Community Payback sentence.

After some delays due to Covid-19, it’s still filming on location as well as at the Bottle Yard Studios. It will air on the BBC and star Christopher Walken in his first lead British television role alongside Merchant and other famous names, with a second series already confirmed.

Extinction

Extinction, a brand new Sky Original thriller starring I May Destroy You’s Paapa Essiedu, began filming in Bristol in January. Described as a 'gripping exploration of memory, fate, and the limits of love', it's a propulsive story about a man who begins to re-live time after witnessing the world end, shot through with the trademark wit of Giri/Haji writer Joe Barton.

Alex Rider

Filming is also underway for series two of Alex Rider, which is based on the best-selling Alex Rider franchise by Anthony Horowitz. Otto Farrant plays the London teenager who has unknowingly been trained for the world of espionage. Series one co-stars Vicky McClure, Stephen Dillane, Brenock O’Connor and Ronke Adekoluejo are also back for the new season.

Otto Farrant and Vicky McClure in Alex Rider TV series

Image: Alex Rider, credit Amazon Prime Video

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