Productions such as A Discovery of Witches, Fortitude, Poldark, The Crystal Maze and Kiri have shot in the city over the past year, says Bristol Film Office


Kiri (c) Channel 4_ photo Nick Wall

Bristol attracted £15.2m of inward investment from film and TV production in 2017-18, according to the Bristol Film Office.

The year saw 383 productions with permits to film in the city, and 1141 filming days at Bristol locations and at The Bottle Yard Studios.

The Bottle Yard said that for every broadcast hour of all productions made at the studios last year, an estimated 14 full time equivalent jobs were created – or 470 overall.

Four feature films were shot in Bristol last year: the upcoming Laurel & Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie; Mike Newell’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Iain Morris’s comedy The Festival; and Neil Marshall’s upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

TV titles filmed in the city include Sky drama A Discovery of Witches; Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude; BBC One’s Poldark; Channel 4 drama Kiri; BBC Four drama Eric, Ernie & Me; Sky’s Trollied; Channel 4’s The Crystal Maze; ITV’s Tipping Point and Tipping Point Lucky Stars.

The figures were released by the Bristol Film Office as it marks its 15th birthday, during which it says it has assisted TV & film production worth more than £235 million of inward investment for the city, with an average total of £15.8 million per year.

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said: “The continuing success of Bristol Film Office and The Bottle Yard Studios in attracting film and TV productions is a major factor behind securing the city’s status as a UNESCO City of Film.”

Bristol Film Office’s Natalie Moore said: “The fact that we can host four major features and ten TV productions in one year is proof that Bristol does filming really, really well.”