The Pale Horse wraps Bristol filming

Clifton The Pale Horse Tony Miles Filming on BBC One’s The Pale Horse has wrapped at six-week shoot at The Bottle Yard Studios

With a cast headed by Rufus Sewell and Kaya Scodelario and a script by Sarah Phelps, the two-part drama from Mammoth Screen took in various locations in Bristol and the Cotswolds with location support from the Bristol Film Office. 

A Chelsea apartment set was built at the Bottle Yard while many Bristol locations doubled for 1960s London. Frogmore Street and Cave Street stood in for the East End and Denmark Street for the Soho district.

Queen’s Square ‘played’ a Chelsea apartment block and Clifton Village’s West Mall (pictured) doubled as the King’s Road. Christie’s original setting for the book, the fictional village of Much Deeping, was created at Bisley with The Bear Inn used as The Pale Horse of the title. 

Line producer Benjamin Greenacre said: “Bristol should take pride that it has become a centre of excellence for high-end TV drama; it is as strong an option for filming as London ever was and is now the front runner amongst the regional production bases such as Manchester or Cardiff.  

“It’s been a pleasure to shoot The Pale Horse in Bristol and I’m sure that everyone will enjoy watching it and spotting familiar locations recast as London landmarks.”

Fiona Francombe, site director of The Bottle Yard Studios, said: “It's a fantastic endorsement when companies return with brand new productions.

"After five years of making Poldark at The Bottle Yard, we’ve been delighted to have welcomed Mammoth Screen back for two new titles: The Pale Horse for the BBC and Invisible, the detective drama currently filming for ITV. 

“Repeat bookings like this prove how highly producers regard the strong infrastructure available here in Bristol City of Film.”

The Pale Horse is Phelps’ fifth Agatha Christie adaptation and is produced by Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto. 

Clifton image: Tony Miles. 

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