Filming at Hillside House, Cock Hill | Image by Russell Gloster
Filming at Hillside House, Cock Hill | Image by Russell Gloster

A new BBC One drama, partly filmed in the local area, starts this weekend.

By Any Means stars Luther sidekick Warren Brown alongside Shelley Conn (Mistresses, Marchlands), Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval, Ideal) and Gina McKee (The Borgias, In The Loop). Guest stars on the show include  Elliot Knight (Sinbad), John Henshaw (South Riding), Keith Allen (Robin Hood), Kate Dickie (Game Of Thrones), Neil Maskell (Utopia) and Martin Jarvis (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

The series was partly shot in and around Birmingham, including on location at Beacon Hill in the Lickey Hills Country Park, Weoley Castle, Bartley Green and some dramatic balcony scenes filmed on the Cock Hill estate in Rubery.

All the flowers at locations in the area have been provided by Northfield’s Flower Centre.

Resident of Hillside House, Cock Hill Stephanie Boyd said on our facebook page: “The actor & all the crew are really nice they where filming in my block of flats & on my floor & they kept me up to date with everything”.

Lead actor Warren Brown said: “I’m thrilled and excited to be working on By Any Means.  I loved Jack Quinn from the moment I read the script- he’s a great character full of contradictions which I’m looking forward to bringing to life.”

By Any Means is a Red Planet Pictures production for the BBC. The writing team have combined credits including Strike Back, New Tricks, This Life, Silent Witness, EastEnders and Ashes to Ashes.

Belinda Campbell, Executive Producer for Red Planet Pictures said: “By Any Means is a gripping and edgy drama, wonderfully crafted by our talented writing team. We’re delighted to have such a strong line-up of talent both on and off screen to translate these intricate plots and characters. With the action taking place on the cusp of the law, it provides the perfect premise for dramatic scenes, surprise twists and turns in the plot, as well as brilliantly complex and rich characters.”

Sam George said on our Facebook page: “[…]nice to see them using real housing estates…real homes….where real people live! I will be watching when the tv show airs.”

And Karen Hall added: “[…]we should be proud that they decided to used where we live.”

Episode 1 of By Any Means airs on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 22nd September


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