The Beeb series is the latest adaption of the real-life Profumo Affair.
Bristol’s City Hall taken back to the sixties for The Trial of Christine Keeler.
“It has been a delight to make The Trial of Christine Keeler in Bristol. The Bottle Yard has been a wonderful and supportive home and along with the Film Office, has helped to make Bristol a great place to film. The locations have also been inspiring for the whole team. And the icing on the cake has been access to the best and loveliest crew and HoD’s I’ve ever worked with.” – Kate Triggs, Executive Producer
Ecosse Films’ upcoming six-part drama The Trial of Christine Keeler for BBC One, which takes a fresh look at the 1960’s ‘Profumo Affair’, recently ended production in Bristol following 17 weeks of filming at The Bottle Yard Studios and a host of local locations.
The high-profile drama has been filming in the city since 3rd December 2018, with full production based at The Bottle Yard Studios that also accommodated purpose-built sets housed in 15,000 sq ft of space. These included the interiors of Wimpole Mews (Stephen Ward’s home) and Marylebone Police Station. Production came to an end on April 18th 2019.
Lead actors Sophie Cookson, James Norton, Ellie Bamber, Ben Miles and Emilia Fox have also been filming around the city at more than ten locations that have recreated 1960’s London, including Bristol Central Library – which will double for Marylebone Police Station, offices above St Nicholas’ Market – the War Office and MI5, the Wills Memorial Building – the House of Commons and the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House – a Mayfair restaurant and hotel room. Filming has also taken place at Goldney Hall, City Hall, Caledonia Place, Berkeley Square, Corn Street, Small Street and Broad Street, as well as eight days at The Guildhall in Bath.
“The Trial of Christine Keeler will feature the largest number of Bristol locations used in a single drama for years, which is fantastic to see. We’ve worked closely with the production team and the many properties involved to make sure filming was a smooth process for everyone, including the public. It’s been a major project that has brought a great deal of employment and investment into the city, which is very satisfying. When viewers come to sit down and watch this fascinating story unfold on screen, they’ll be seeing Bristol as London, and we’re proud to have played our part in that.” – Natalie Moore, Bristol Film Office
The Trial of Christine Keeler is written by BAFTA award-winning novelist and screenwriter Amanda Coe. Sophie Cookson leads the cast in the role of Christine Keeler. James Norton stars opposite Cookson in the role of Stephen Ward together with Ellie Bamber as Mandy Rice-Davies. Ben Miles will play John Profumo and Emilia Fox stars as Valerie Profumo. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett plays Johnny Edgecombe and Anthony Welsh plays Aloysius “Lucky” Gordon.
At the centre of the storm is 19-year-old Christine Keeler (Cookson) – a young woman whom the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules. The Trial of Christine Keeler takes us behind the headlines to tell a human story about the sexual and cultural politics of one of the most revealing and iconic stories of modern times.
The Trial of Christine Keeler is the latest adaption of the sixties real life events which rocked Westminster in 1963 following the revelations of the affair between an exotic dancer and the Minister of War. The most famous adaption is the 1989 movie Scandal starring Joanne Whalley as Christine Keeler and Ian McKellen as John Profumo. The soundtrack was devised by The Pet Shop Boys with the title song Scandal performed by sixties icon Dusty Springfield.