Film crew shooting TV crime drama in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:07 15 January 2019

Filming taking place on The Ryde, Hatfield. Picture: DANNY LOO

Filming taking place on The Ryde, Hatfield. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Filming of a new TV crime drama starring Hollywood actor Rob Lowe took place in Welwyn Hatfield.

Filming taking place on The Ryde, Hatfield. Picture: DANNY LOOFilming taking place on The Ryde, Hatfield. Picture: DANNY LOO

A film crew was on location in The Ryde area of Hatfield on Friday shooting scenes of ITV commission Wild Bill.

The six-part crime series with a Brexit slant stars and is executive produced by Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American actor Rob Lowe.

With production lorries parked in the road, signs were up in The Ryde saying: “Caution filming in progress.”

The sign added: “The producers and crew would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during the filming of this production.

This Hatfield living room was set up as the green room for cast and crew of ITV drama Wild Bill starring Rob Lowe. Picture: Aidan BellThis Hatfield living room was set up as the green room for cast and crew of ITV drama Wild Bill starring Rob Lowe. Picture: Aidan Bell

“Thank you for your patience and cooperation.”

One family in The Ryde living opposite the property being filmed in were delighted to find themselves hosting cast and crew while they filmed last week.

Aidan Bell, a professional performer himself, saw the crew and approached them.

“I rang them up to see if I could be of any help.

“They said, ‘well, you can be the green room’.”

Aidan and his mother Hazel happily offered their living room up for cast and crew to enjoy tea and hospitality.

A crew was also spotted at Woodhall shops in Welwyn Garden City on Friday, January 11, rumoured to be shooting for the same series.

In Wild Bill, St Elmo’s Fire Brat Pack star and former The West Wing actor Rob Lowe plays high-flying US cop Bill Hixon, who is appointed Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force.

The series is set in Boston, Lincolnshire – not Boston, Massachusetts in America.

The ITV synopsis for the show states: “When Bill Hixon lands in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14-year-old daughter Kelsey in tow, he’s hoping they can flee their painful recent past.

“But this unfamiliar, unimpressed community will force Bill to question everything about himself and leave him asking whether it’s Boston that needs Bill, or Bill that needs Boston?”

Filming of Wild Bill started in Lincolnshire late last year, and crews were spotted in and around Hatfield last week.

When the programme was announced by ITV in October, Wayne’s World and Austin Powers star Rob Lowe said: “As an actor, Wild Bill is a larger than life character who’s outrageously articulate, has nothing to lose and revels in being an American fish out of water.”

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