A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder showcases SW locations

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder showcases SW locations
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, via BBC/Moonage Pictures

New BBC drama A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder filmed on location in south west England last year with the production base at The Bottle Yard Studios.

From Moonage Pictures, the six-part series is based on Holly Jackson’s novels; it is a co-production with ZDFneo and Netflix. Emma Myers stars alongside Anna Maxwell Martin, Gary Beadle, Mathew Baynton and Zain Iqbal.

Somerset Film Office supported filming in the village of Axbridge, which was the key location for the fictional town of Little Kilton where the drama is set. Bristol Film Office assisted with filming in Redcliffe Caves, Redland and Westbury on Trym, and filming also took place at Avon Valley Railway Park.

Moonage Pictures’ executive producer Frith Tiplady said: “It was our genuine pleasure to return to The Bottle Yard Studios for another Moonage Pictures show [Moonage Pictures filmed The Pursuit of Love filmed at The Bottle Yard and on location in Bristol and Bath in 2020].

“From the undeniably talented local crews to the fantastic facilities available at The Bottle Yard, Bristol was the perfect home for A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. The Bottle Yard’s location meant we could easily access much needed rural landscapes for our chocolate box village and brooding woodland, which is home to Pip, her friends, and the deceptively dark and twisted world of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. Our crew was roughly 60 people with a 30 person cast and filming lasted 12 weeks, all in the Bristol region.”

Emma Myers in A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, via BBC and Moonage Pictures

On filming in Axbridge, director and executive producer Dolly Wells said: “We were keen to shoot the show on location and to shoot it in the summer. We tried to find a version of Little Kilton which reflects the atmosphere in the book and the screenplay. What was important to us was a town that is not too small and not too big, the right size for the correct amount of suspects. We were also very keen to have a sense of the woods that surround the town, thematically that was really important.”

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder is adapted by Poppy Cogan, directed by Dolly Wells and produced by Florence Walker. Executive producers are Matthew Read, Matthew Bouch and Frith Tiplady for Moonage Pictures, with Lucy Richer and Danielle Scott-Haughton for the BBC, and Dolly Wells, Holly Jackson and Poppy Cogan.

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