Already hooked to the new Vicky McClure show? We’ve got all the behind-the-scenes details including where Trigger Point is filmed and how many episode are left.
It’s safe to say that audiences are already raving about new police thriller Trigger Point. It’s headed up by some of Britain’s most beloved small screen stars and is produced by Bodyguard and Line of Duty season 7 creator Jed Mercurio. Plus we love that it’s sharing a story that’s rarely depicted on television, as it follows a skilled bomb deployment team who have their work cut out for them during one testing summer in England’s capital.
It’s fast becoming the new weekly drama worth staying in for, alongside fellow thriller Rules of the Game, upcoming TV adaptation of This is Going to Hurt starring Ben Whishaw, and new Killing Eve season 4.
Where is Trigger Point filmed?
Trigger Point is set and filmed in London, with audiences able to spot the River Thames and Waterloo Bridge in various scenes from the series. Additional filming also took place at the Dartford marshes in Kent, which provided the backdrop to one police chase and crime scene.
Another Dartford venue that made it into the show was the Dartford Clay Shooting Club. Though this appears as a sports club in the series.
Back in London, St Mary’s Garden in Lambeth is one recognisable site where a bomb threat takes place. As is The Victoria Pub in Deptford, where one explosive is hidden inside a delivery van waiting outside the venue.
Priory Avenue and Caledonian Road in North London also appear as residential scenes. Whilst the exterior of Islington Assembly Hall acts as a police station where several of Expo’s members are filmed leaving.
Adrian Lester, who stars in the show, confirmed Trigger Point‘s North London filming location. And explained the behind-the-scenes set up:
“All of episode one was shot on an estate in North London,” he said. “Lots of the residents who live there were paid by the company to help and take part in the scenes. It’s a huge amount of disruption for them but they were very good about it.”
Producer Julia Stannard added that securing London as the backdrop for Trigger Point proved to be tricky. But that no other location could have worked:
“We really wanted to shoot in London itself though, because it’s a London story about a terrorist attack on the capital,” she told ITV. “It was really difficult, probably the hardest thing about the whole production to be honest.”
Filming for Trigger Point began on May 3, 2021 in London.
How many episodes of Trigger Point are there?
Trigger Point has six episodes in total and will continue to air Sunday nights at 9pm on ITV throughout February. Whilst those who missed the first four episodes are able to catch up fans via the ITV Hub now.
Star of the show Vicky McClure has been tweeting her thoughts when the episodes go live. After episode 2, Vicky shared that it was ‘Stressful init!!’. Whilst after the first episode premiere she teased what was to come:
“Well that was a busy & fun week!,” she wrote. “Strap yaselfs in for a bumpy ride over the next 6 weeks! I’m beyond proud of the work everyone put into the show and can’t wait to see everyone’s efforts played out.”
The police drama is written by new talent Daniel Brierley and is produced by Jed Mercurio’s company, HTM Television.
What is Trigger Point about?
Trigger Point follows the fictional Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad named ‘Expo’ which features ex-military and experienced bomb disposal operatives Lana Washington (Vicky McClure) and Joel Nutkins (Adrian Lester).
The two colleagues – who previously served together in Afghanistan – are put through their paces in one summer terrorist campaign that’s threatening the capital. As the number of improvised explosive devices stack up, Lana starts to suspect that the bomber is deliberately targeting her team. And it’s up to her to prove her theory and uncover the real bomber before the threat turns deadly.
Actress Vicky McClure teased fans with what to expect of the show:
“It’s dynamic, it’s action-packed, it’s full of brilliant characters and it will put you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next explosive situation,” she told BT.com. “I’m really excited for people to see it.”
Trigger Point cast
- Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, This is England) plays bomb disposal operative Lana Washington
- Adrian Lester (Life, Hustle) plays her colleague Joel Nutkins.
- Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones, Anne Boleyn) plays DI Thom Youngblood
- Warren Brown (Luther, Strike Back) plays Karl Maguire
- Kerry Godliman (After Life, Derek) plays Sonya Reeves
- Cal MacAninch (Downton Abbey, HolbyBlue) plays Lee Robins SCO19
- Manjinder Virk (Midsomer Murders, Monroe) plays Samira Desai SO15
- Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones, The Office) plays Commander Bregman
- Eric Shango (Support Me) plays Danny
Nottingham actress Vicky McClure needed no persuading to sign up to the project. Which saw her re-united with her Line of Duty boss Jed Mercurio:
“I’ll take any opportunity to work with Jed, not only because he’s a friend, but also because he’s incredible at what he does,” she said.
On what we can expect from her character Lana, Vicky shared that she’s brave but is “carrying trauma and her life is pretty messed up”.
“As we go through the series, she becomes more lost as she tries to work out who is planting these bombs and why it’s getting closer to home,” she adds. “And then in the middle of that she’s got her own personal issues to deal with, and she’s scared because she’s losing her instinct.”
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