Rowan Atkinson’s new comedy series, Man Vs Bee, has now arrived on Netflix and tells the story of a maid who works in a luxury mansion.
When a bee enters the house and refuses to leave, Atkinson’s character Trevor uses all means necessary to get it out, with dire consequences.
Although the series is mainly set inside the house, some additional locations have been used throughout, but where was the show filmed?
Read on for everything you need to know about Man Vs Bee filming locations.
Is the luxury home real?
Unfortunately, you will not be able to visit the house featured in the series, as the interiors were all created at Bovingdon Studios in Hertfordshire.
Production designer Carly Reddin presented detailed initial designs with a total concept of what the house would look like, which was meant to both evoke a sense of awe and reflect the particular aesthetic of the couple, Nina and Christian.
Reddin said, “We wanted them to have good taste. I was very influenced by contemporary American architecture, and particularly by Grant C. Kirkpatrick. He makes a lot of Beverly Hills homes, including Jennifer Aniston’s house – great open spaces with lots of doors. light and huge glass. We needed to make it look classy, sophisticated and expensive. “
The team initially wanted to use a real house, but due to the ensuing destruction later in the series, they had to build the bottom half at Hertfordshire’s Bovingdon Studios. Green screen was used for the upper levels and four different gardens were used to represent the front and rear.
The artwork was created specifically for the show by artist Humphrey Bangham, with the team inspired by Kandinsky and Mondrian. Meanwhile, the rest of the house has been decorated with state-of-the-art furniture, designed to fit the extravagant lifestyle of the homeowners.
The expensive set was then destroyed as part of the series climax, with a one-shot take that Reddin described as “unnerving” and “sad” but also “cathartic”.
Where was Man Vs Bee filmed?
Filming for the series took place over 12 weeks in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
In Hertfordshire, filming took place outdoors Halo Hearing Solutions and the street butchers in Bovingdon, for the next scenes in the series where Trevor ventures out of the house.
This was close to the Bovingdon Studios where the interior scenes were filmed. Previous productions shot in the studios include Bohemian Rhapsody, Justice League and Midsomer Murders.
Meanwhile in Buckinghamshire, filming took place in Aylesbury, located about half an hour’s drive from Bovingdon, where the scenes are set outside a police station. were shot.
What did Rowan Atkinson say about filming Man Vs Bee?
Atkinson recently said Guide to British Comedy who, as with his other film and television projects, actually found the shooting of the show “horrible”.
He said: “It’s not a pleasant experience at all, it’s something you have to do to get to the end of the film and tell the story. I like post production; I’m always very intimately involved with editing and the music, sound and the mix of sounds and everything. I’m very, very eager to be involved in all of this. And the pre-production, all the development of the script …
“The meat in the sandwich is awful. The pieces of bread on both sides are fine – pre-production and post-production – but the production is not fun at all.”
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