The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco apartment set that was filmed at The Ridge Studios in Maple Ridge. Chanelle Peloso, left, as Hailey and Crystal Balint as Iris. (Colin Bentley photography)

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco apartment set that was filmed at The Ridge Studios in Maple Ridge. Chanelle Peloso, left, as Hailey and Crystal Balint as Iris. (Colin Bentley photography)

New Netflix series filmed at Maple Ridge film studio

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco was filmed at The Ridge Studios

A new murder mystery series that hit Netflix on Sunday was filmed at a studio in Maple Ridge.

The Ridge Studios, a 25,000 square-foot film studio owned and operated by John Wittmayer, was turned into a 1950’s jazz club, a cozy apartment kitchen, a fancy hotel and a police station with morgue to film The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, about two Bletchley Circle sleuths, that head to America after wartime code breaking in the United Kingdom. They subsequently join forces with an American and Canadian code breaker to unlock an unsolved mystery.

“We tend to cater to local, Canadian productions and so we were thrilled to host Bletchley Circle,” said Wittmayer of the series that started streaming on Netflix Sept. 8.

“That’s what is so exciting about running a film studio. The space can transform right before your eyes. On Bletchley Circle, it was amazing to observe how the production designers go through the creative process of building a believably vintage world,” Wittmayer continued.

RELATED: Film studio getting set up in downtown Maple Ridge

Production designer Joanna Dunn was one of more than 160 people who worked on the crew of Bletchley Circle on any given day. She said her favourite set, and the heart of the show, was the kitchen in the Bearden apartment that they, “wanted to make that feel warm, comforting and inviting, every person’s kitchen.”

Despite the show being set in San Francisco, the drama series was fully locally owned and controlled. With the exception of two British actors, all the cast, writers, directors and on-set crew who brought the story of the original women who code to life were from British Columbia.

RELATED: Ridge movie studio buzzing

Bletchley Circle is an inspiring example of a high-profile dramatic series developed and produced by a local B.C.-owned company,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

“I’m thrilled they chose a studio in my community of Maple Ridge to film the series, and the world will get to see B.C. right in their homes,” said the minister.

The show filmed key sets at The Ridge Studios, as well as at outdoor locations around the province, including Langley and New Westminster.

Wittmayer said that since 2015, The Ridge Studios has hosted dozens of TV movies, feature films and three TV series including Bletchley Circle.

“Maple Ridge continues to be a very film-friendly destination, and we’re pleased to provide a comfortable, cost-effective studio space for film projects shooting in the Lower Mainland,” he said.

Brian Hamilton, an executive producer at Omnifilm Entertainment, a B.C.-based company that has been in business for 40 years, said that the province has a lot to offer, “especially when it comes to telling our own stories.”

“Not only was the entire crew from B.C., but revenue from worldwide sales of the series comes back to B.C. and is reinvested in creating local jobs and opportunities,” he added.

Lead actors Crystal Balint and Jessica Harmon have won Leo Awards for their roles on Bletchley Circle. Daegan Fryklind also won a Writers Guild of Canada Award for her work on the series.

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco was produced by Omnifilm Entertainment in association with U.K.-based World Productions, for Citytv, ITV, BritBox and Netflix. Worldwide distribution is handled by Kew Media.

The series was produced with the participation of the Province of British Columbia’s film incentive B.C. tax credit and the Canadian film or video tax credit.

In 2018-19, the film industry in B.C. contributed $3.2 billion in production spending to the economy.

More than 71,000 people work in the film and TV sector in the province.


 

cflanagan@mapleridgenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

The draw for May’s Shop Local & Win contest takes place June 4, 2021. (Special to The News)
Open your wallet close to home and win

Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce hosts shop local competition

Brian Malfesi and his partner Vincent Jourdenais have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge kayak racer qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

Malfesi is first B.C. sprint paddler to race for Team Canada at Olympics in 33 years

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
Chamber of commerce for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows hosts Conservative leader

Erin O’Toole and MP Dalton part of online Zoom meeting on Monday

A photo of Telosky Stadium from the Maple Ridge Museum and Archives. (Special to The News)
Telosky Stadium opened in Haney on this day in 1950

Maple Ridge Museum and Archives marks special day in local sporting history

Transport 2050 is TransLink’s largest ever public engagement. (TransLink, Special to The News)
Last day to take TransLink’s planning survey

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents can have a say in Transport 2050

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Mandarin Garden in Abbotsford had two event tents set up for outdoor dining. One of the tents, valued at more than $5,000, was stolen early Friday morning (May 14). (Submitted photo)
UPDATE: Dining tent stolen from Abbotsford restaurant is located

Owner says it would have cost more than $5,000 to replace the rented event tent

Steven Shearer, <em>Untitled. </em>(Dennis Ha/Courtesy of Steven Shearer)
Vancouver photographer’s billboards taken down after complaints about being ‘disturbing’

‘Context is everything’ when it comes to understanding these images, says visual art professor Catherine Heard

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Cousin of missing woman found in Hope says she won’t have closure until death is solved

Trina Hunt’s family urges Hope residents to check dashcam, photos to help find her killer

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Most Read