Bristol doubled for London and Brighton in Paramount+ series The Flatshare
Paramount+ romcom-with-a-twist The Flatshare doubled Bristol for London and Brighton when filming took place across various locations and at the Bottle Yard Studios earlier this year, assisted by the Bristol Film Office.
The Flatshare, an adaptation of the novel by Beth O’Leary, is among the first batch of original UK dramas commissioned by the new streaming platform.
The six-part series stars Jessica Brown Findlay and Anthony Welsh and is produced by 42in association with the international studio division of Paramount Global.
Rose Lewenstein is lead writer and executive producer on the series, with Peter Cattaneo as lead director and executive producer. The team of writers are Sarah Simmonds, Calais Cameron and Alex Straker. Chloë Wicks directed block two; the executive producers for 42 are Miriam Brent, Eleanor Moran and Rory Aitken. Rhonda Smith produces.
Interior sets for the London flat were built at the Bottle Yard Studios, while the story settings of London and Brighton were portrayed by various Bristol locations. The specific locations included: Leonard Lane and Corn Street in the Old City; residential properties on Deanery Road and Victoria Square in Clifton; offices at the Paintworks development on Bath Road; The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel; The Old Fish Market Tavern on Baldwin Street; Averys Wine Cellar on Culver Street; The Cocktail Club on Corn Street; Boca Bar Finzel’s Reach and Jamaica Street Stores in Stokes Croft. Other locations featured included The Penny Brohn Centre in Pill and Shepton Mallet Prison.
Producer Rhonda Smith said: “After a positive experience shooting The Girl Before at The Bottle Yard Studios, it was an easy decision to return there when looking for a build space for The Flatshare. Once again, both The Bottle Yard Studios and Bristol Film Office helped facilitate the running of a smooth shoot.”
Laura Aviles, senior film manager (Bristol City Council), added: “It’s a ringing endorsement that Bristol has hosted the majority of filming for one of the first Paramount+ dramas to be commissioned in the UK.
“Our city is a consistently appealing choice for producers seeking urban settings to double for other major cities like London. Productions like The Flatshare can build key sets at The Bottle Yard whilst accessing bespoke support from the Film Office to find the right locations to suit the storyline. Getting around Bristol is also quicker and less costly compared to other cities, particularly the capital.”
The Flatshare was commissioned by Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer, UK, Paramount, as part of the streamer’s wider strategy to commission 150 new international originals by 2025. Executive producers for 42 are Miriam Brent, Eleanor Moran and Rory Aitken. Rhonda Smith (The Girl Before, The English Game) is producer.
Watch the trailer for The Flatshare below:
All images courtesy of Paramount+
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