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New BBC crime drama films from Bolton’s moors

Filming for MORE took place in Bolton on a new BBC drama – as the city cements its reputation as ‘Hollywood of the North’.

Crews working on James Graham’s new BBC One offering, Sherwood, were spotted filming near Pigeon Tower in Rivington earlier this week.

Cameras were spotted in the Top Barn parking lot and a number of police vehicles were seen in the parking lot under the Pigeon Tower by passers-by.

A walker said: “There was a collection of police vehicles in the parking lot under the Pigeon Tower. If you look closely at the badges on them they say Nottinghamshire Police.

“One of the members of the production team held us back for a short time as we walked down from the Chinese gardens. He said they were filming a police chase scene in the nearby woods using a drone camera.

A member of the production crew confirmed that Sherwood had filmed in the surrounding area, alongside a number of other locations.

Sherwood is a drama set in a mining village in Nottinghamshire and partly inspired by real events. According to the BBC synopsis, it is a “contemporary drama at the heart of which lie two shocking and unexpected murders that shatter an already fractured community and spark a massive manhunt.”

The series will feature Walking Dead actor David Morrissey, Downtown Abbey star Joanne Froggatt and Law & Order actor Robert Glenister.

Residents also spotted the BBC horror filming Red Rose through Bolton. Road closures were put in place this week around Bennetts Lane in Halliwell as scenes were filmed for the new series.

The series follows a group of British teenagers as they spend the summer after their GCSEs drift through the Bolton moors.

This is not the first time that Bolton’s screenwriting twins Michael and Paul Clarkson have been in Bolton for the filming of Red Rose. They were in Churchgate in July and the production crew say they will be in and around Bolton to film until November.


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