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Supernatural drama 'The Living and the Dead' filmed at the Bottle Yard Studios & across Bristol airs on BBC iplayer from June 17th and BBC One from June 28th

16th June 2016

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Created by Bristol-born screenwriter Ashley Pharoah

BRISTOL, 16 June  2016: Brand new BBC drama ‘The Living and the Dead’ filmed at The Bottle Yard Studios and across Bristol facilitated by Bristol Film Office is available as a box set on BBC iPlayer from June 17th and airs on BBC One from June 28th 9pm.

The original six part Victorian era supernatural drama utilised 20,000 sq feet for set building the period interiors as well as production offices and prop stores. Costumes for the series were also made on site. Bristol Film Office assisted with location recces, supported location filming at Redcliffe Caves and arranged unit bases at Redcliffe Wharf and Ashton Court. 

Set in 1894, When a pioneering Victorian psychologist brings his vivacious young wife to live on his family's estate, he is confronted by one disturbing case after another. Are these strange events linked merely by coincidence, or is there something more sinister - more supernatural - going on at Shepzoy?

Eliza Mellor, Producer said: ‘The Bottle Yard Studios was the perfect location for the series. Having been here for Poldark I knew the site would give us the space we needed for production offices, set builds and costume making, a strong pool of experienced crew in the area, and with the support of Bristol Film Office and Bath Film Office, great access to locations that were ideal for this drama set in rural Somerset.’


Fiona Francombe, Site Director at The Bottle Yard Studios said: ‘We were delighted to host ‘The Living and the Dead’ and to welcome back Eliza Mellor who was familiar with our facilities and the services offered by the wider TV & film community in the region.  This exciting new drama has been hotly anticipated since its announcement last year and we are thrilled to add it to our high profile credits.’

Natalie Moore, Bristol Film Office said:  ‘With the city’s reputation for TV & film production we were delighted to support ‘The Living and the Dead’ and to see yet another production tapping into the region’s filming locations and TV & film services that are on offer.  The extensive facilities available at The Bottle Yard Studios combined with their proximity to the film friendly locations and the robust services we provide, make Bristol an ideal choice for productions requiring studio space and wide ranging locations so it’s no surprise to see the City’s ever growing popularity as a filming destination.’

The Living and the Dead’, created & written by Ashley Pharoah (Life On MarsAshes To AshesMoonfleet), is directed by Alice Troughton and Sam Donovan and produced by Eliza Mellor. It stars award winning Colin Morgan (Humans,The FallMerlin) as Nathan and BAFTA nominated Charlotte Spencer (GlueStonemouthLine Of Duty) as his wife Charlotte.

The Living and the Dead’ is a BBC Wales Drama production in association with Monastic Productions and co-produced with BBC America. It will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.

The Living and the Dead’ is the latest high profile BBC drama title to shoot at The Bottle Yard Studios, the largest production space in the West of England, and across Bristol with the support of Bristol Film Office. Others include primetime BBC One dramas Poldark and Sherlock, and BAFTA winning and Emmy-nominated BBC Two drama Wolf Hall.

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