As the new Netflix crime thriller Fool Me Once starring Michelle Keegan has landed, viewers will be able to spot a host of familiar locations.
Fool Me Once landed on screens on January 1st and many Harlan Coben fans have already begun getting stuck into the gripping new series, if they haven’t managed to binge watch it already.
It stars local actress Michelle Keegan as Maya Stern, who is coming to terms with the death of her husband Joe Burkett, played by Richard Armitage.
Just two weeks after his death, she makes a horrifying discovery as she notices a familiar figure on the nanny cam placed in her two-year-old daughter’s bedroom.
Maya begins a desperate quest to find answers and has to face up to some deep secrets and deceits from her past.
The eight-part drama was filmed in various locations across the North West for six months in early 2023. It’s based on the novel of the same name by Harlan Coben, which is set in New Jersey, in the US.
But Netflix have transported the on-screen story to the UK.
Producer of the show Jessica Taylor told the Manchester Evening News the series had been gaining huge momentum in the build up to its release on Netflix, on New Year’s Day.
Viewers from across the globe can now watch a gripping drama filmed across the North of England, with intriguing locations around Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
Jessica explains that key locations shot for the series as they avoided more obvious Manchester landmarks, because the show is intended to be set in a fictional place rather than in the city.
The production team searched for lesser known locations to use in key scenes including Oldham Park, underground tunnels in Stockport, Bolton Grammar School and Phillips Park Cemetery in Miles Platting.
Homes of the characters are located in the affluent areas of Alderley Edge and Bramhall which bring the fictional town of Winhurst to life.
Speaking to the MEN, Jessica said: “From the start we create this world of Winhurst, it’s a generic town, but it’s quite an affluent area with high-end houses, but we soon discover the underground parts too. In Harlan’s book it is set in New Jersey, but it adapts itself really well to be an English setting.
“What we always try to do is use locations we’ve not really visited before, which can be difficult because Manchester is so prominent in filming now.
“Because we wanted it to be generic, and Manchester is so distinctive we didn’t pick anything too Manchester, although it’s hard to avoid the trams!
“We want it to look epic, we want people to watch and be impressed by how it looks. It does look very rich and beautiful, and at the centre of it all is this beautiful person, Michelle as Maya, she just sells it all and the story rattles along at some pace.”
Here’s a look at some of the places across Greater Manchester and Cheshire that were used in the filming of Fool Me Once.
Runway Visitor Park
Used for the opening scene, this is where all the action in the show kicks off. Viewers get to see how Maya and Joe first met as they are seen at a glitzy dinner party held under the wings of the iconic Concorde plane.
The scene was filmed at the Runway Visitor Park at Ringway, located next to Manchester Airport. The spectacular setting has also been used for such events in real life.
It’s home to the Concorde all year round and is open daily to welcome visitors, where they can climb aboard and take a look around.
The space is also used for private hire events including awards ceremonies and charity dos.
This stunning country estate, near Northwich in Cheshire, is used as the fictional Farmwood in the series and is where the Birkett family live.
This grand stately home and its surrounding gardens is home to character Judith Birkett played by national treasure Joanna Lumley. The cottages on the estate were also used in the filming and Lumley even set up home in one herself during the filming.
Jessica explains: “Joanna’s character is only ever seen in her house really so when we went to do the first recce we asked if she would like to stay there in the grounds and she said she’d love to.” The flashback scenes of Maya’s and Joe’s wedding were also filmed at the hall, in the chapel.
And it seems this setting also met Harlan Coben’s approval as Jessica said: “Harlan always says, ‘I want it to look really English’ and when we showed him Arley Hall he said, ‘that’s what I’m talking about’.”
This is where Maya’s posh house is located. Maya is often seen in her modern stylish and very large home set in the fictional Winhurst. The house is a real residential property in Alderley edge, Cheshire.
Jessica says: “Maya has this beautiful big house, and we filmed this in Alderley Edge in a very modern design house that spreads over three floors with its own swimming pool. We don’t see a lot of Alderley, but we do see a lot of the country lanes around there.
“We took over a residential house for three weeks, and this is where you see the Nanny cam scene, as well as discussing stuff with her best friend Shane. There is also a gun room at her property, but naturally we had to build this into the house as we don’t tend to have those in this country.”
This park in Oldham is where the murder scene takes place. Viewers watch the terrifying moment Joe is murdered as his wife Maya screams for help.
Jessica, who is originally from Oldham herself, knew it would be the perfect setting.
She explains: “One place we did use a lot was Alexandra Park in Oldham, it’s a beautiful park and really underrated. This is where we filmed the flashbacks for Richard’s murder scene – although it rained all night!
“In the book it’s supposed to be Winhurst Park, so we wanted to base it on somewhere a bit like Central Park in New York. It’s got all these beautiful Victorian follies and a bridge, we wanted to capture the prettiest aspects of it.”
Stockport Air Raid Shelters
These were used for Corey’s den – the quirky hacker CoreytheWhistle, played by Laurie Kynaston.
Corey has a den that’s a bit like a Tardis. On the outside, it looks just like a woodmen’s hut, but inside it leads to tunnels and passages that travel for miles underground.
The exterior hut was created in the grounds of Arley Hall but the underground passages were filmed in Stockport. These old war bunkers are now a visitor attraction in the town centre.
Jessica said: “They are underground tunnels, old bunkers from the war and they’re amazing. “Corey is like a computer hacker, so he has all these underground tunnels and servers and at one point is chased down them.”
A real residential property in Bramhall is used as the home of the Walker family in the show.
Viewers learn that Maya’s sister Claire Walker, played by former Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson, was also murdered. In Fool Me Once we see the family she has left behind, her husband Eddie Walker, played by Marcus Garvey, and their teenage children.
Jessica says: “This was a family home and it was decorated beautifully in greys and creams, but that doesn’t work on screen so we had to redecorate and add different furniture.
“They didn’t personally like it though, so it was all returned exactly to the way it was when we finished filming.”
This city centre location is where the chase scene takes place. Many people may recognise this Manchester modern garden area.
Now owned by the National Trust, the old railway line has been transformed into a visitor park.
Jessica said: “I was really excited to get up there. We had actually gone to Castlefield to look for a disused warehouse for a scene, but as I looked up and saw the bridge I thought “that would make a brilliant location”.
“We went up and we’ve filmed up on the top of the bridge. It’s really industrial, it’s got all that industrial ironwork. We’ve been the first to use it for filming and that’s really exciting.”
Peveril of the Peak
This iconic Manchester boozer is used for a pub scene when Detective Sami Kierce heads out for a drink with his girlfriend.
Jessica says: “It’s like a proper old pub inside and that’s just what we wanted.”
Phillips Park and Arley Hall
In the show we see flashbacks to two funerals. Philips Park Cemetery at Miles Platting was the setting for Maya’s sister’s funeral.
Meanwhile, Joe’s funeral was filmed in the grounds of Arley Hall itself. Jessica explains: “We built a mausoleum, we turned a stone folly already in the grounds into that and added some graves.”
Barton Aerodrome to Delamere Forest
Maya is a former army officer who now works as a private helicopter instructor. Viewers see her take off from Barton, in Eccles, and fly over Delamere Forest.
Jessica says: “She actually flew the helicopter from Barton to Delamere Forest, it has dual controls, so we filmed her in the helicopter and as we set off she flew for real.”
Michelle added she enjoyed the experience and even flew past her own house. She said: “I wasn’t doing any Tom Cruise moves like flipping upside down. But I can now say that I flew a helicopter.
“Once it’s in the air and you’re going forward you’re just gliding then and it’s very smooth. I quite enjoyed it. I didn’t like landing. I thought that was quite terrifying but as for going through the air, it’s very therapeutic.”
While the majority of filming was done around the north west in the UK, some of the army scenes were shot over in Almeria in Southern Spain. This is because the crew wanted to show somewhere with a hotter climate for the flashbacks.
Jessica explained: “It has these great big areas that are almost desert-like, where they used to film all the old Spaghetti Westerns. We needed somewhere as the army base in a hot climate so this worked well. We did a big stunt here, where we had to blow up a car.”
This grammar was used as Joe’s old school in Fool Me Once. Making sure not to cause any disruption to the school and its pupils, crews filmed over weekends and into the school holidays.
Jason Manford joins cast of Waterloo Road as new headteacher
Viewers can expect his character to ‘ruffle a few feathers along the way’
Jason Manford will join the cast of Waterloo Road when the high school series returns later this year.
The actor and comedian will take on a more serious role as headteacher Steve Savage, and he says viewers can expect his character to ‘ruffle a few feathers along the way’.
Manford, 42, from Manchester said it was ‘an absolute treat’ to be joining the show ‘right here in my home city’.
The series was originally axed in 2015, but following a revival in audiences during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, it returned to screens after an eight-year break.
After admitting to binge watching the show with his family during lockdown, Manford added: “It’s such a brilliant, iconic show, so I’m dead proud to now be part of its history.
“Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher and now, becoming a headteacher, I know I would have been terrible!”
While fans of the show may be left wondering where the current headteacher Kim Campbell might be – played by Angela Griffin – viewers will have to wait to see how the storyline plays out, the BBC said.
Waterloo Road’s season 13 finale aired on Monday night (February 26th), with series 14 coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year.
Cameron Roach, Executive Producer of Waterloo Road and Founder of Rope Ladder Fiction, said: “We’re thrilled that Jason Manford is joining Waterloo Road, as the show returns for a fourth series since returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
“Jason is a phenomenal comic actor, and has fully embraced the tone and spirit of the show, we can’t wait for the audience to meet Steve Savage and his son Billy.
“As with all of our adult cast, Jason has been an inspiring and approachable mentor to our younger cast and crew; we love that a new generation of Northern talent are able to learn their craft alongside brilliant household names.
“The legacy of Waterloo Road goes from strength to strength.”
Sir David Attenborough is back to present major new BBC documentary series
Attenborough is back!
TV legend Sir David Attenborough returns to present BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s new series.
The national treasure will revisit an extraordinary group of animals in the new BBC One and iPlayer wildlife show: Mammals.
The series promises to be full of new, never- before-seen behaviours, offering ‘fascinating insights into the most successful animal group in the world’.
From the tiny Etruscan shrew to the giant blue whale, Mammals will reveal the secrets of their success, and how their winning design, incredible adaptability, unrivalled intelligence and unique sociability have all contributed to their remarkable rise.
Less than 6% of today’s mammals are wild animals and many species have become endangered and are facing extinction.
This new show will give viewers an exciting new perspective on a remarkable group of animals as well as highlighting the many problems they face in today’s rapidly changing world.
Each episode explores a different environment; Dark, Cold, Heat, Water, Forest and The New Wild – an episode which explores the ingenious ways mammals are adapting to a world dominated by humans, arguably the most successful mammal of all.
Episodes will also take a look at a range of remarkable mammals – from the miniature tenrecs of Madagascar to the humpback whales of the Indian ocean.
Roger Webb, Executive Producer says: “Being mammals ourselves, the animals featured in the series and the stories told about them are instantly relatable.
“It’s impossible not to admire a mother capuchin monkey who’s able to provide her baby with a drink in a dry, sun baked forest or a chimpanzee father giving his family a lesson in finding honey buried underground.
“This connection to us, makes Mammals an incredibly engaging and compelling piece of television – one that will also lead us to question our role in the lives of the wild mammals we share the planet with.”
Scott Alexander, Series Producer says: “Mammals includes animals like the great apes, the big cats, dolphins, whales as well as the mythical wolverine and adorable tenrec – who wouldn’t want to make a series with such a wonderful cast of animals.”
Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual, adds: “Following the enormous success of Wild Isles and Planet Earth III last year, I’m delighted Sir David is returning to the BBC to present this fascinating new series.
“Mammals are the most adaptable and – for my money – adorable animals on earth, and I can’t wait for viewers to learn more about the remarkable strategies they use to survive in every corner of the planet.”
Spin-off series to hit drama The Split set in Manchester announced by BBC
Viewers can enter the world of Manchester’s divorce law circuit
The BBC has announced a new divorce court drama which will be set in Manchester.
The new series, called The Split Up, will be a spin-off to Abi Morgan’s hit legal drama, The Split.
Last time, the show followed a family of divorce lawyers set in London, which came to a dramatic ending with a third and final series.
Two years after The Split – which starred Nicola Walker and Stephen Mangan – the BBC have announced a new show which will focus on a single family of lawyers, the Kishans, who run a ‘British Asian high net worth family law firm’, according to a synopsis.
Noted for its clientele and its reputation, Kishan Law are the ‘go-to firm’ for Manchester’s elite, who come to them for not only their excellence but also for discretion.
And like the Defoe’s before them, the Kishan family firm’s future will hang in the balance after a family secret comes back to haunt them, throwing their lives into a rollercoaster journey.
The series will be made up of six one-hour episodes which explore the weight of parental expectation, the forces that keep families together, and the truths that tear them apart.
It’s understood none of the original cast will feature in the new drama. The Split Up’s creator, Ursula Rani Sarma will introduce new characters for the new series based on The Split.
Speaking about the new spin-off series, The Split creator Abi Morgan said: “After the success of The Split, it’s been great to see The Split Up take shape in lead writer Ursula Rani Sarma’s capable hands, reinvigorating all that audiences love.
“A new legal family, grabbing at life in a new city, battling new legal cases, as the professional and personal deliciously collide.
“A brilliant new cast of characters caught in the messiness of love, marriage, deception and divorce, make it their own. It is ripe to be taken into the hearts of anyone who loved the show.”
Ursula added: “I watched The Split with admiration over the years and I was honoured to be asked to create The Split Up: a spin off which introduces a whole new family and city while still holding on to the warmth, humour and heartbreak of Abi Morgan’s original series.
“To be able to place a contemporary British Asian family, helmed by brilliant women, at the heart of a primetime drama series is a dream come true for me as a writer who believes strongly in the importance of representation on our screens.
“It has been a joy to work alongside Abi as well as Lucy Dyke, Jane Featherstone and Sumrah Mohammed at SISTER to bring it to glorious life.”
Filming will take place in Manchester but no exact locations or start date have yet been announced.
The Split Up will be available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. For further announcements, watch this space.
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