TV film crews head to Poundbury to film The Commuter next week

The Buttermarket in Poundbury
The Buttermarket in Poundbury

The Buttermarket in Poundbury will become to centre of a TV set next week for a new hit TV series.

Crews from LEFT BANK Pictures will take over the Buttermarket, an area in the Southwest Quadrant of Poundbury, on Tuesday 21 March and Wednesday 22 March to film.

On the Thursday the crew will head to nearby Holmead Walk for further filming.

During this time it is important for residents and customers to know that the Buttermarket is still open for business despite the square being closed to cars.

The TV series The Commuter is being filmed for Channel 4 and is based on a short series by Philip K Dick.

Rumours surrounding the lead actors are circulating locally but the production company cannot release any details at this stage. 

David Biswell, location manager, says, “Many thanks to the people and businesses of Poundbury for their support of our production, and we continue to work closely with Duchy of Cornwall Estate in Poundbury along with various resident and Manco Groups to help minimise the impact of filming so that all are aware of our proposed filming activity.”

Charlie Polley of Boo’s Toy Shop, a traditional toy shop based in the Buttermarket, said: “For the two days of filming all the shops want to make sure our customers that we’re all open for business and despite the disruption the Buttermarket will be open to visitors.”

The Buttermarket is a mixed use square which is home to the Buttermarket Bakery, The Buttermarket Stores and Post Office, Allure Beauty Salon, Capelli Hairdressers, Christabel’s Linens, Magpie, CBT Solutions, The Bramble Cafe and Deli, Wessex EcoEnergy, Hussey and Briggs, Poundbury Pilates and Dorchester Physiotherapy and Sport’s Injury Clinic.

The Crown TV Series
The Crown TV Series

Graham Douglas, Resident Director of Poundbury management group Manco 3, said: “It’s going to be a really busy event for the Buttermarket and we think it will be nothing but good. ”

He said the fee paid by the production company will go towards improving facilities in the Buttermarket.

He adds: “Our goal is to increase footfall to the Buttermarket to help increase its vibrancy.”

LEFT BANK Pictures is an award-winning independent television and film production company.

Named Best Independent Production Company at the Broadcast Awards in 2011, Left Bank Pictures has a portfolio of films and series have been recognised by the Golden Globes, Emmy’s, Academy Awards, BAFTA and Royal Television Society amongst many other award ceremonies.

It has recently produced the hit series The Crown, The Replacement and DCI Banks.


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