Fresh from filming in Bristol – the crew and cast of the BBC detective drama Sherlock Holmes spent last Monday in Bath for some more location shots
This time the location crew took advantage of the cobbles – or to be more accurate – setts – in picturesque Queen Street – alongside The Raven pub.
The road was blocked off at both ends but people were still gathering to try to catch sight of whatever ‘action’ they could glimpse.
Clouds of atmospheric smoke could be seen – as well as hearing lots of shouting.
Obviously a street chase in progress.
Though not one involving fans running after the stars sign of this successful revival – Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Bath Film Office offered up Queen Street as a potential location when the production scouted the West of England and coordinated with Highways and Parking to ensure that the road closure, set dressing and parking requirements all proceeded smoothly.
Ben Mangham, Location Manager for the series said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to bring “Sherlock” to Bath.
Bath is one of my go to places when filming period pieces, with its eye-catching architecture, it is a city that just shines on-screen.
Combined with first-rate film officers and a film friendly council – it’s one to revisit time and time again. Thank you Bath!”
Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib Dem, Widcombe), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “This is a great start to 2015. Filming brings substantial economic benefits. More and more people visit Bath to see the locations used in TV and film dramas, this will be a welcome addition to what is a long and illustrious list.”
Many fans of the series turned up to watch as they have done at other West Country locations.
Sherlock Holmes has been renewed for a fourth series for showing early next year.
This will follow a Christmas Special which is what is now being filmed primarily in Cardiff but also on location in Bristol and Bath.
Though normally set in contemporary London – Sherlock appears to be going back in time for this seasonal special.
l have no idea if the Time Lord – known as Dr Who – has anything to do with this!
Today (Tuesday, February 3rd) you could wander down Queen Street as filming has now moved elsewhere.
The props department had moved in to start packing things away.
Christmas trees and a wreath are evidence this is a street scene set during the festive season – but also in Victorian London!
Posters were clues to the location and you had to look carefully to see which were mock businesses and signs and which were the real thing!
We will have to wait until Christmas now to see if we can spot Bath’s own Queen Street amongst the action.