Hollington Drive crew visited at least 100 roads before finding perfect location

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Hollington Drive has been airing on ITV and the thriller TV series follows families from different walks of life in the titular street. They are all joined together by the tragic disappearance of a local schoolboy, which creates a wave of panic. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about how the filming location was selected.

Where is Hollington Drive filmed?

Hollington Drive tells the story of two sisters, Theresa (played by Anna Maxwell Martin) and Helen (Rachel Stirling), who have a turbulent relationship.

They are later bound together by a terrible incident involving the death of a young schoolboy, and they find themselves too deeply involved.

Theresa believes her son Ben (Fraser Holmes) is responsible for the child’s death, while Helen’s daughter Eva (Amelie Bea Smith) also has something to hide.

The story is set in a distinctive street and executive producer Jonathan Fisher said finding the right location was fundamental.

Speaking to Express.co.uk and other media, he said: “It’s very difficult and I have to say the search for the location was extensive, to say the least.

“I think we started scouting for that location six months prior to filming.

“We looked at loads, we had a location scout on the road right in the height of the pandemic when it was just one man in his car going around possible cul de sacs.

“We reviewed, I would say over 100 possible cul de sacs, honestly.

“It was one of those that we just knew when we saw it, it was the one, and that was certainly the case.

“It’s such a fundamental part of the series and almost a character in itself, it was integral that we got it right.”

Carolina Giammetta, who directed the series, said a road with such a distinctive charm was not easy to find.

She added: “We started chatting about creating the world of Hollington Drive and then it got really exciting.

“It was quite American actually, the first images that I got into my head.

“There’s an estate close to me that looks a little bit like The Truman Show, when you think this is just so perfect.

“If you kicked a pebble on the street someone would be there to put it back in its place.

“So when we went to look for locations, that was a key thing – we wanted the drive to have a really distinctive look.

“So it wasn’t easy to find but when we found it we kind of knew that it was right.”

The series is filmed in Wales, with crews seen at Sanatorium Park in Cardiff.

Writer Sophie Petzal said she wanted the road to have its own unique character that did not belong to a specific region.

She explained how the white houses look comfortable and inviting, yet they have dark and twisted secrets inside.

The series does not reflect on where the road is or how affluent the residents are.

However, it becomes clear that the parents of the missing schoolboy do not come from the same background as Theresa and her sister.

This means fingers automatically point to the parents and they are on the receiving end of harsh judgements.

In the upcoming episode, the pressure is getting to Theresa after she lied to the police about a suspect.

Ben then makes things difficult when he says he is ready to speak to the police himself.

Hollington Drive airs on Wednesdays on ITV at 9pm.

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