A new BBC One comedy-drama with a stellar cast that was filmed in Bristol and Bath airs this weekend.
The Pursuit of Love begins on Sunday, May 9 after filming at The Bottle Yard Studios in Whitchurch and various locations across the two cities last year.
Adapted and directed by award-winning actor Emily Mortimer, the three-parter about love and friendship stars Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cinderella, Baby Driver) as Linda Radlett and Emily Beecham (Little Joe, Cruella) as her best friend.
Produced by Open Book Productions and Moonage Pictures for BBC One, the series is an adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s celebrated novel, originally published in 1945, and also stars Fleabag heart-throb Andrew Scott.
One of the first drama productions to resume shooting in the UK after the first Covid-19 lockdown, The Pursuit of Love filmed for three months during the summer in the Bristol and Bath area and at The Bottle Yard Studios. Some scenes were also completed in Paris, France.
With support from Bath Film Office, the production team created a stunning period railway station inside Green Park Station, Bath’s former railway station.
They also filmed exterior shots nearby in the Georgian terraced street of Green Park and outside No 1 Royal Crescent Museum.
Other locations used in the West of England region included National Trust properties Dyrham Park, Dinton Park and Phillips House, Stourhead House and Laycock Abbey in Wiltshire, and Avon Valley Railway in Bitton, South Gloucestershire.
The Bottle Yard Studios housed a number of period sets including Cheyney Walk House, Linda’s London home; the Radlett’s country estate, Alconleigh; Merlinford, the neighbouring estate belonging to the wealthy and eccentric Lord Merlin – played by Andrew Scott – Beverly Hills Hotel and The Ritz.
Executive Producer Frith Tiplady of Moonage Pictures said: “We had a great time filming The Pursuit of Love at The Bottle Yard Studios and in and around Bath and Bristol.
“Fantastic locations and talented local crew all contributed to a show we are very proud of. Being one of the first shows to film with Covid procedures in place was a challenge that was crucially supported by the Studios and Film Office, which helped everything run very smoothly.”
The Pursuit of Love: What’s it about?
Linda Radlett (Lily James) and her best friend and cousin Fanny Logan (Emily Beecham) are consumed by a desire for love and marriage, and on the hunt for an ideal husband – but their friendship is put to the test when they choose very different paths.
While Fanny settles for a steady life, Linda decides to follow her heart, to increasingly wild and outrageous places.
As well as directing, Emily Mortimer also stars as Fanny’s mother, ‘The Bolter’.
Further cast includes Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair, Les Misérables) and Dolly Wells (Dracula, Doll & Em) as Linda’s parents, Uncle Matthew and Aunt Sadie Radlett and Beattie Edmondson (Josh, Patrick) as Louisa Radlett.
Linda and Fanny’s suitors include Assaad Bouab (Messiah, Call My Agent) as Fabrice de Sauveterre, Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful, Star Trek: Discovery) as Alfred Wincham and Freddie Fox (White House Farm, The Crown) as Tony Kroesig.
The Pursuit of Love premieres at 9pm on Sunday, May 9 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and will be available on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.