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09 Sep 2020

Line of Duty, Sex Education resume filming

Nia Daniels - The Knowledge

Two major flagship dramas, Line of Duty and Sex Education, resumed filming on Monday, 31 August.

The sixth series of Jed Mercurio’s Line of Duty picks up filming at its usual home in Belfast, with 12 weeks left to shoot of the original schedule; it originally began production in mid-February. 

Set 18 months on from the events of Series 5, the new run stars Kelly Macdonald as DCI Joanne Davidson, a senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case.

Series regulars Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston all return. Ken Horn produces the 6 x 60 for World Productions

World has also just resumed filming near Glasgow on Vigil, its new thriller starring Suranne Jones about the disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine. 

Cameras will also start to roll on Monday on Sex Education, from writer Laurie Nunn and Eleven Film. The series is filmed on the Welsh borders, around the picturesque Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley, and stars Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield. The show was originally due to begin in the early summer. 

Also due to be back up and running around now are the second series of Temple starring Mark Strong and the third series of Britannia. 

Productions scrambled to get back up and running around the UK once the government confirmed the insurance backstop in late July. The £500m scheme is estimated to cover around 70% of domestic projects against future disruption caused by Covid. 

The first major scripted drama to get cameras rolling after the lockdown was the BBC’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel The Pursuit of Love, which began shooting around Bristol and Bath in the last week of July. 

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