McDonald & Dodds showcases West Country locations
The third series of ITV detective drama McDonald & Dodds once again filmed at The Bottle Yard Studios and showcased a range of locations around the West Country.
Shooting ran for nearly four months last autumn on the four-episode run, with Tala Gouveia and Jason Watkins reprising their roles of DCI McDonald and DS Dodds.
The series is set in Bath, with the Bath Film Office assisting many location-filming days on numerous streets across the city, including Bathwick Hill, Trim Street, The Circus, Englishcombe Lane and Abbey Churchyard.
The production office was back at its previous home at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios, where sets were built for the police station precinct.
The Bristol Film Office supported location work in Moon Street in the city’s Stokes Croft area, and the drama also took in wider West Country backdrops including Haynes Motor Museum, Dundas Aqueduct and Tyntesfield in Somerset, and Castle Combe racetrack in Wiltshire.
Jon Williams, Mammoth Screen COO, said: “We were delighted to return to Bath and the West of England to produce a third series of McDonald & Dodds. Whilst Bath provides the home and the heartbeat of the show, The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol provides us with a hub from which we can service every element that we could possibly require.
“Mammoth has been producing shows in the West of England for nearly 15 years and with very good reason. Whilst the breadth of locations continues to surprise us, the incredibly film-friendly nature of the region together with the range and depth of production and post production talent the region offers continue to delight us.”
Watkins remarked: “In one film, we filmed the denouement scene at the Dundas Aqueduct, which was beautiful and rather epic. It was quite high up but we felt safe! We also filmed at Haynes Motor Museum down in Somerset, which was great, although it was doubling up as a Covid testing centre at the same time as well!
“We stay in Bristol and film in Bath, and I love the area, it’s my second home – I've worked around there since Trollied and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies. I've got my little routine down there and it's such a beautiful part of the world, I'm delighted to be filming there. I like doing the accent as well, it makes you feel good when you do it, it’s lovely."
Images via ITV.
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