Hong Kong airline drama touches down in Bath
Bath's bumper year for drama continues this week as a Hong Kong based production team is working with Bath & North East Somerset Council to film a popular television drama series.
"Triumph in the Skies" follows the lives and loves of people working for fictional airline Solar Airways at Hong Kong International Airport. The first series filmed in Australia, Japan and Italy as well as Hong Kong and was viewed as one of the best dramas on the channel TVB. The new series is filming in Bath, Bristol, Gloucester and London and Paris.
One of the leading actors in the show is Francis Ng, who won the TVB best actor award for the film 'The Mission' in 1999, directed by Johnnie To. Another leading actor and actress, Chi Lam Cheung and Myolie Wu were awarded best actor and actress by TVB at its Anniversary Awards.
The production crew decided to film in some of Bath's most picturesque spots such as, The Roman Baths, The Royal Crescent and Abbey Green because they felt the architecture and period feel would hugely appeal to their Far East audience.
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Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib-Dem, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: "We're delighted to welcome the cast and crew to Bath, and assist with this filming which offers great promotional value for the area.
"This is a TV series which reaches a large audience in Hong Kong and the Far East therefore Bath & North East Somerset Council is pleased to help showcase some of the area's key tourist attractions, which may boost our tourism figures further."
The Council-run Film Office has been working with local location managers, Jamie Lengyel and Andy Elliot in the preparations for this filming which takes place over two days this week.
Jamie Lengyel said: "We are doing a lot of scenes outside to make best use of Bath's beautiful buildings and streets, and we are hoping that the weather will be kind."
This is the latest in a series of dramas to visit the region this year. Other productions have included Les Miserables, Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box and the Other Wife.
The series is due to be broadcast in the middle of next year.
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