Western Daily Press

Steamy period drama in hot pursuit of Line of Duty

- BETH CRUSE beth.cruse@reachplc.com

WHILE AC-12’s pursuits were all about bent coppers, the stars of the West-filmed show that replaces Line of Duty on the Sunday night schedules are after love.

Nearly 13 million people tuned in last Sunday for the final episode of Line of Duty.

And the BBC hopes racy new period drama The Pursuit of Love will take its place.

The highly anticipate­d drama series is based on Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel of the same name, and was filmed in Bristol and across Somerset.

The series is set in Europe between the two world wars, and follows the adventures and misadventu­res of Linda Radlett (Lily James) and her best friend and cousin Fanny Logan (Emily Beecham).

Also appearing are Dominic West from The Wire and The Affair; and Andrew Scott from Fleabag.

The three-part series will premiere this Sunday on BBC One at 9pm. All three episodes will also be made available in one go on BBC iPlayer meaning fans can binge-watch the series in one go if they want.

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 at The Bottle

Yard Studios in Bristol. Production also took place in Bath at Green Park Railway Station.

Crews shot at the nearby Georgian terraced street of Green Park and outside No 1 Royal Crescent Museum. Other locations used included National Trust properties Dyrham Park, Dinton Park and Phillips House, Stourhead House and Laycock Abbey in Wiltshire, and Avon

Valley Railway at Bitton.

Laura Aviles, senior Bristol Film manager, said: “This part of the UK has everything a production like The Pursuit of Love could possibly need; stately homes, studio space at The Bottle Yard, a strong crew base and supportive film offices in Bristol and Bath.”

Meanwhile, Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has shared research he says indicates the show’s series finale was less divisive among viewers than generally thought.

Fans and critics were split over the reveal with some saying they felt let down and others praising the decision to avoid a more dramatic conclusion.

Writing on Twitter, Mercurio said research based on randomly polled viewers rather than online aggregatio­n sites suggested a “far less extreme picture”.

The much-anticipate­d finale was watched by an average of 12.8 million people, making it the most watched episode of a drama in 20 years, the BBC said.

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Paul Gillis The Pursuit of Love being filmed in Bath

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