See Yate and Chipping Sodbury in Daisy May Cooper TV drama Rain Dogs

Daisy May Cooper, playing Costello, and Fleur Tashjian, as her daughter Iris, sit on a sofa on Sodbury Common in a scene from Rain Dogs. Picture: BBC/Sid Gentle Films Ltd

A NEW gritty BBC drama which was partly filmed in Yate and Chipping Sodbury has hit TV screens.

Rain Dogs, featuring Cotswolds actress Daisy May Cooper, raised eyebrows during filming last summer. Old sofas and broken down cars led to reports of fly-tipping on Sodbury Common, but they turned out to be props for filming.

The backs of houses, shops and garage blocks in Abbotswood also feature in the series – but blink and you might miss them.

The eight-part drama started on BBC1 in April, and all episodes are available on the BBC iPlayer service.

Based on the book Skint Estate by author Cash Carraway, and made by Killing Eve producers Sid Gentle Films, it follows the ups and downs of a family with money problems – Daisy May’s character is described as “a woman who appreciates the glamour of the gutter but would do anything to keep her daughter, Iris, from it”.

The Voice has been watching to spot local landmarks – including some that have been transformed to give the right “run down” effect.

You have to wait until episode seven to see them, when Daisy May’s character Costello and her daughter find themselves stranded by a roadside and are given a lift from a man with a horse and cart along a country road which appears to lead into a run-down housing estate.

The scene was filmed on Horton Road on Sodbury Common – but the houses and flats in the background don’t really exist and have been superimposed.

Later in the same episode, and in the following one, several scenes take place on a dilapidated housing estate. Mostly filmed in behind shops and houses in Abbotswood, the production crew brought in extra signs, boarding, graffiti and old cars to get the look they wanted.

A burned-out car, flytipped rubbish and extra graffiti were added to Abbotswood for filming

A burned-out car, flytipped rubbish and extra graffiti were added to Abbotswood for filming. Picture: BBC/Sid Gentle Films

Local photographer Sue Swanborough took pictures of Daisy May – best known for writing and starring in BBC comedy This Country – during filming.  

After watching the series Sue said: “There are small glimpses of our area but it’s still exciting to watch, just to say I was there.  

“Tough subject – but Daisy May is a great actress.”

Sodbury Mayor James Ball visited the set on Sodbury Common after the reports of fly-tipping. 

He said: “I managed to spot a couple of the locations once the programme was aired on TV.

“It’s good to see local areas being utilised for these types of programmes – hopefully, they’ll return.”

Viewers may also recognise scenes filmed under the M32 in Bristol and under the Prince of Wales Bridge at Severn Beach.