Filming in Hemel  

Netflix, ITV and BBC shows all filmed in Hemel Hempstead

Dacorum Borough Council has hit the headlines this week with several news outlets reporting £100,000 income from filming.  

Hemel Hempstead has been the setting for shows including ITV’s Grantchester, Ricky Gervais’ After Life on Netflix and Apple TV+’s Masters of the Air.

Some of the revenue will fund a new role to coordinate filming activities.

Dacorum Borough Council said it wanted to demonstrate it was a “filming positive” authority.

So far this year, locals have seen Marlowes transformed into 1970s Huddersfield for a Sex Pistols biopic.

In September, the Old Town was transformed into the setting for Masters of the Air, a new World War Two series from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Robson Green was spotted in the Old Town in August while filming the latest series of detective drama Grantchester.

In May, Gervais was seen filming in Hemel Hempstead for the third series of After Life, when a funfair appeared in Gadebridge Park. At the time of Gervais’ filming, a council spokesman said crews were “taking advantage of the many great filming locations that Dacorum has to offer”.

The council has now employed an officer to facilitate filming projects and work with businesses to co-ordinate activities and develop filming protocols to address any local concerns.

“We want to demonstrate that Dacorum is a filming-positive council,” a spokesman said. “Having one point of contact to manage these relationships will ensure that residents and businesses can be better informed going forward.”

The council added that there were a “range of benefits” in supporting filming.

“Encouraging the use of local locations and using local businesses and services will bring economic benefit to the area,” it said.

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