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Where was new Netflix series Fool Me Once filmed in Manchester?

Everything you want to know about Netflix's Fool Me Once filming locations – from Castlefield and Salford to Bramhall and Bury

Netflix subscribers are gripped by the streaming platform’s newest TV programme release, Fool Me Once, which stars Manchester’s own Michelle Keegan, Richard Armitage and Joanna Lumley. Everyone’s asking the same questions including where was it filmed?

Based on the Harlan Coben book of the same name, the drama follows Maya, played by Michelle.

But one big difference between the book and series is the setting.

Is Fool Me Once filmed in Manchester?

While the book is set in New Jersey, this limited series is based in a fictional UK town called ‘Winhurst’.

But the real setting for the series is the north west of England, with most of the show’s filming taking place in and around Greater Manchester.

Speaking of the change of location, Joanna Lumley told “I think it worked really well. It switched over very easily, without any sense that you’re losing too much.”

Some of the storyline, such as the legal possession of firearms, doesn’t seem to translate well from the US to the UK.

She added: “So the book had sort of been plasticined, morphed into a kind of British shape, and it worked really well.”

Where are the Fool Me Once filming locations?

Most of the series was filmed in Manchester, in historic locations such as Royal Exchange, Corn Exchange, Castlefield Viaduct sky garden; one of the oldest pubs in town, Peveril of the Peak; and the Runway Visitor Park at Ringway just to name a few.

Scenes were additionally shot across Greater Manchester including Salford, Bramhall and Bury.

Arcade Club in Bury

Joanna’s character Judith’s mansion, Farmwood, features heavily, with Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire serving as the backdrop.

The funeral of Joe was also filmed at Arley Hall, as well as Philips Park Cemetery in Miles Platting, Manchester.

Meanwhile, Maya’s home is a real, residential property in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

Flashback scenes showing the murder of Joe were filmed in Oldham’s Alexandra Park.

Other scenes, which centre around Maya’s time in the army, were shot on location in Almeria, Spain.

Why Fool Me Once was filmed in Manchester

Show producer Jessica Taylor told the MEN of the filming locations: “From the start we create this world of Winhurst. It’s a generic town, but it’s quite an affluent area with high-end houses, but we soon discover the underground parts too.

“In Harlan’s book it is set in New Jersey, but it adapts itself really well to be an English setting.”

She added: “What we always try to do is use locations we’ve not really visited before, which can be difficult because Manchester is so prominent in filming now. Because we wanted it to be generic, and Manchester is so distinctive we didn’t pick anything too Manchester, although it’s hard to avoid the trams! We want it to look epic, we want people to watch and be impressed by how it looks. It does look very rich and beautiful.”

Fool Me Once is available to stream now on Netflix.

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