Known for being on the cutting edge of arts and music culture in the UK, Bristol has long been a go-to destination for some seriously cool cultural action. Several films, TV shows and even music videos have chosen the lively streets and scenic spaces of Bristol as a backdrop for their videos.
Here are our top picks of the best films, TV shows and music videos filmed entirely in Bristol.
- Massive Attack – Just a Matter of Time
Home-grown heroes Massive Attack made the unsurprising choice to film the 8 minute long video for this track on location in Bristol. The Super 8mm film gives an extra atmospheric edge and the video features a diverse range of locations around the city both indoors and out.
- Starter for Ten
The plot of this 2006 British comedy drama starring James McAvoy revolves around a Bristol University student with his heart set on appearing on University Challenge. The production features scenes shot in several iconic Bristol locales such as the Christmas Steps, Royal York Crescent and of course Bristol University itself.
Lockleaze School provided the primary location for the entire fourth series of this Channel 4 comedy show, with the streets of Clifton providing contextual backdrop for life outside the school. The show starring Andrew Lincoln as the main protagonist was nominated for an impressive six BAFTA awards during its successful four year run.
This classic TV show enjoyed a truly epic 25 year run in Bristol, and it holds the accolade for the longest running emergency medical drama television series in the world. First broadcast in 1986, the show was filmed almost entirely in an old warehouse in St Phillips until 2011! It moved its production to Cardiff six years ago, but former outdoor scenes included iconic Bristol views such as the suspension bridge and Harbourside.
One of the most well-known major productions to be filmed entirely in Bristol in recent years, Skins revolves around the lives of a group of Bristol teenagers through two years of sixth form and features a wealth of trendy and youthful locations such as Stokes Croft, alongside more classic views of the city. The show premiered on E4 in 2007 and enjoyed a successful six-year run.
In addition to the five iconic examples shown above, we’d also like to highlight the work of the Bottle Yard Studios. A former winery, it was established as a studio in 2010 in partnership with Bristol Council, and has since played host to a number of notable productions, including BBC behemoths Poldark, Sherlock, Dirk Gently and Doctor Who, as well as cult quiz show, The Crystal Maze.