Bottle Yard Studios celebrate Bristol-made Christmas specials, and once the decorations come down, there’s the premieres of two major features filmed in the city to look forward to in 2019!
Channel 4 viewers will have enjoyed the Crystal Maze Celebrity Christmas Special which saw Richard Ayoade guide a celebrity team of adventurers around a special panto-themed Maze. Captaining the team was Christopher Biggins, leading stars Deborah Meaden, Jamie Laing, Frankie Bridge and Chris Kamara around the zones with some surprising celebrity cameos and a pantomime cow along the way. Filmed earlier this year in the purpose-built maze spanning over 30,000 square feet of The Bottle Yard Studios, created by original Maze designer James Dillon. The special can be seen, if you missed it, on All4.
Sky Atlantic aired the last ever episode of Fortitude a few days ago. It was also produced in the city. The final episode of this chilling Arctic thriller set in the frozen town of Fortitude, where horrors fester with sherrif Dan Anderssen at the heart of them. Starring Dennis Quaid and Richard Dormer, filmed in Bristol at The Bottle Yard Studios and on location in Norway. The series can be seen on Sky’s catch up service.
There was more cheerful programming made for ITV with Tipping Point Lucky Stars Christmas Special. Ben Shephard hosted a seasonal special in which Lesley Joseph, Vicky Pattison and Christopher Biggins who all donned panto outfits to and bid to land their charities a £20,000 Christmas gift. Filmed earlier this year in the show’s 8,000 sq ft studio at The Bottle Yard Studios. Relive the magic via the ITV Hub in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or via the STV Player in Scotland.
Tipping Point is produced at the Bottle Yard Studios.
The rebooted Crystal Maze comes from the Bristol facilities.
The fifth series of CBBC kids’ favourite Art Ninja was recently produced at the studios, returning to screens earlier this month the programme will continue in January. The series was partly filmed on location at Bristol Museum with support from Bristol Film Office. The series returns on January 13th. The two Christmas specials are currently on the iPlayer.
Stan & Ollie is in cinemas from the 11th of January 2019. The highly anticipated new biopic starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the legendary movie comedy duo Laurel & Hardy filmed in Bristol earlier this year, supported by Bristol Film Office. The preserved historic harbourside can be seen in the movie’s official trailer released by EOne, doubling for the Irish docks that double act arrive at as part of their variety hall tour in 1953. The Balmoral stars as the vessel the pair alight from, greeted by crowds of cheering fans. Filming also took place at the Bristol Hippodrome, which features as the exterior of a variety hall on the tour.
Hellboy is in cinemas from April 12th 2019. Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge. Starring David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Sasha Lane, directed by Neil Marshall. Look closely at the opening scenes of the brand new trailer released by Lionsgate yesterday (which has already had more than 2.2 million views) and you’ll spot Waring House flats on Bristol’s Redcliff Hill. Major scenes shot there in September 2017 over two nights of filming supported by Bristol Film Office, featuring SWAT teams, firearms and armoured vehicles. The production team based at The Bottle Yard Studios during its time in Bristol, using production offices and prop storage.