PR whizz-turned small-town murder suspect Agatha Raisin will be making an appearance on Sky 1 over the festive season, but where in the UK was Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death filmed?
Our Production Services team were on hand to offer expert advice on filming locations and finding regional crew.
The show’s production company Mammoth Screen got in touch with our Production Services Team when they were looking for office and production space in the Gloucestershire or Bristol areas. Creative England’s Production Liaison Manager for the South West, Ellie Cook, sent through several options for sites and organised and attended a recce to one location in South Bristol for Line Producer, Helga Dowie. Aware of the fast turn around needed, this recce was set up within 1 week (as soon as access to the site could be granted) and was ultimately chosen by the production to house its base.
Before filming could take place, the production then needed introductions to the various local authorities and support throughout the duration of the shoot. Creative England works with 290 local authorities across the country, encouraging them to join our Film Friendly Partnership network, through which they recognise and prioritise the importance of filming. We meet regularly with our Film Friendly Partners to discuss issues around filming and promoting a film friendly ethos throughout the English regions.
Creative England met with the show’s Location Manager during the original scout of the region informing him of the support we could offer. When the Location Manager had decided that they would like to film in the village of Biddestone, Wiltshire, our Production Liason Manager for the South West Ellie introduced the production to our Film Friendly Partner in that region. We then arranged a site meeting between the Location Manager and the Film Friendly Partner to discuss the practicalities of filming there.
A scout on the show then got in touch with Creative England asking for further contacts across the region. The production continued to work with Creative England throughout the shoot, requesting introductions to local authorities and also asking for support with parking suspensions in a village in Gloucestershire. Creative England contacted the highways team and set about organising the requested suspensions, ensuring any outstanding tension was avoided.
Lastly, the production got in touch with Creative England to get last minute permission to shoot a chase scene on a quiet country road. Using our Film Friendly Partnership network, Creative England liaised with the local authorities and permission was granted.
Johnny Ludlow, Location Manager, said: “Agatha Raisin is a new comedy drama for Sky shot predominantly in Wiltshire / South West. Creative England’s assistance cannot be underestimated and the project went very smoothly from start to finish, for which I would like to thank them, and I look forward to returning to a genuinely film-friendly region.”
On this production the main point of contact with the crewing services was the Production Co-ordinator. Creative England assisted in the search for an Assistant Location Manager, Production Secretary, Production Runner and a 3rd AD.
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death airs in late December.
For more information about filming in Wiltshire or filming in the South West, visit our Production Services page.
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