Where is Maternal filmed? Locations featured in the ITV drama

A popular Northern city played host to a lot of filming

PARMINDER NAGRA as Maryam Afridi,LARA PULVER as Catherine MacDiarmid and LISA MCGRILLIS as Helen Cavendish in Maternal on ITV
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Some viewers will recognise the Northern locations featured in ITV's new female-centred medical drama Maternal. If you're wondering exactly where they are, we've got you covered.

Maternal is coming to ITV on January 16, and is set to cover some current, and hugely important themes. Three female doctors are all trying to prove to themselves the well worn, but very untrue adage that women can have it all. The women - all mothers returning to work after maternity leave - are all attempting to juggle work, as well as raise their families. Add to that they just happen to be working in the post pandemic NHS, and overwhelm, and relentlessly long hours are factored into the chaos they experience both in and out of work. The turbulent opening scene sets the tone for the show, as Maryam, Catherine, and Helen attempt to get their offspring fed, ready for nursery, and themselves into work as functioning humans. For audiences who love to know where their favourite shows filmed, we have the full lowdown on where this exciting medical drama filmed - some Northern viewers might recognise the locations.

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Where is Maternal filmed?

Although set in Manchester, Maternal filmed in Liverpool. Edge Hill Health Centre on Edge Lane, and Liverpool Innovation Park were used.

Edge Hill Health Centre (opens in new tab) is situated at 157 Edge Lane, Liverpool, and is a working GP Practice - the centre was transformed into surgical theatres for the show. Speaking about the choice of filming locations, writer Jacqui Honess-Martin said "Although Maternal is set in Manchester, the series was filmed in Liverpool - it could be set in any cosmopolitan city in the north of England." She added "I really wanted to film it in Leeds, where I live, but there was already too much filming going on." She confirmed the filming location when she said "Our surgical theatres were at Edge Hill Health Centre."  

LARA PULVER as Catherine MacDiarmid in Maternal

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Liverpool Innovation Park (opens in new tab) can be found on Edge Lane, Fairfield, Liverpool. It is a large building consisting of offices, leisure and business services, with 300,000 square feet of accommodation available to rent. A space within the complex was transformed into the hospital featured in Maternal

Series director James Griffiths, spoke about why he became involved in the show. He said in a statement "I have a personal connection to the material as both of my sisters have devoted their lives to working for the NHS – one in admin in a lab, and the other as a nurse. "Having witnessed their experiences through Covid over the past couple years, I instantly felt compelled by this story and became passionate about collaborating with the brilliant team who brought it to light."

Liverpool Innovation Park

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Liverpool Confidential shared pictures to Facebook of film crews filming Maternal outside Mowgli Street Food on Water Street, Liverpool. Extensive equipment for the perfect shot can be seen, while the page captioned the photo "Filming a new ITV drama called ‘Maternal’ on Water St. What’s the best thing to ever be filmed in Liverpool?"

Film crews filming Maternal at Water Street in Liverpool

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Maternal on ITV: Trailer

In the series, Maryam is a paediatric registrar returning to work after nearly two years of maternity leave. On her first day back, she can be seen asking her husband "what if I hate being away from them?" when talking about her children. She follows this up with "or love being away from them – that’s worse, right?"

Fellow character Helen is a registrar in acute medicine. Her cheating husband has been given a promotion while she took time out to raise their children, and he's now her boss. Catherine completes the trio of working mums - she's a trauma surgeon and single mum, with a virtually non-existent support system. 

Maternal on ITV: Cast

  • Parminder Nagra (Bend It Like Beckham, ER) as Maryam Afridi
  • Lara Pulver (Spooks, Sherlock) as Catherine MacDiarmid
  • Lisa McGrillis (Last Night in Soho, Somewhere Boy) as Helen Cavendish
  • Raza Jaffrey (Code Black, Spooks) as Jack Oliviera
  • Chris Oliver (Trying, The Crown) as Guy Cavendish
  • Abhin Galeya (The Bill, Cleanskin) as Raz Farooqu
  • Julie Graham (Shetland, Ridley) as Susan Fisher
  • Alexander Karim (Tyrant, Thin Ice) as Lars Nordstrom
  • Aurora Jones (Casualty) as Maggie Cavendish
  • Mat Fraser (American Horror Story, His Dark Materials) as Steve
  • Haydn Gwynne (Peak Practice, The Windsors) as Anne MacDiarmid
  • Matilda Ziegler (Eastenders, Lark Rise to Candleford) as Becky Hillford
  • Shaheen Khan (Casualty, Doctor Who) as Sania Masoom
  • Sabina Arthur (Game of Thrones) as Kim Allerton
  • Dean Ridge (Vikings, Dunkirk) as Simon Segman
  • Dvante Hart (Deceit) as Edward
  • Cheryl Mackie (Dream Team, Brookside) as Mrs Williams
  • Darren Hart (Starred Up, Mandem) as Mr Williams
  • Cleo Sylvestre (All Creatures Great and Small) as Mrs Osei
  • Jennifer Macbeth as Tessa Joseph
  • Elizabeth Dulau (Andor, The Outlaws) as Louise Pennycook
  • Stephanie Jacob (Heart of The Sea, The Iron Lady) as Mrs Smith
  • Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners) as Mat Malyon
  • Bill Skinner (W1A, The Windsors) as Will
  • Elan Butler as Freddie

Speaking about her character, Dr Maryam Afridi, Parminder Nagra said "She's very good at what she does but is struggling with the conflict of being a mum and being at work, and her husband doesn't seem to want her to go back to work. On her first week back, she’s not supposed to see patients yet, but they're so understaffed she gets put in charge of the ward. And before she knows what’s going on she’s thrown in the deep end."

She added "I liken playing Maryam to an Alton Towers ride like Oblivion. You're trundling along for a minute, and then you get to the top and you think it’s going to be great, but all of a sudden, it takes a deep dive in terms of emotion, and boy, do we really go there."

Laura Pulver also weighed in on her character, Ms Catherine MacDiarmid. She said "She’s finding her path in a very male-orientated profession whilst juggling this new area of her life. She has an innate confidence that she is the best person for the job, but the algorithms that work in her job don't work in her day-to-day life anymore, because you can't schedule a nine-month-old baby."

She added "This has been a gift of a job for me: not only is the subject matter exactly what we're juggling and dealing with, but it's a gift for us to learn that we can do our jobs to the same high standards and still be present parents." 

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