Rowan Atkinson’s new comedy series Man Vs Bee has landed on Netflix and tells the story of a house sitter working in a luxury mansion.
When a bee comes into the house and refuses to leave, Atkinson’s character, Trevor, will use any means necessary to get it out, with disastrous results.
While the series is primarily set indoors, some additional locations were 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 house real?
Unfortunately you cannot 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 an overall concept of what the home would look like, intended to both inspire a sense of awe and reflect the couple’s distinct aesthetic, Nina and Christian.
Reddin said: “We wanted them to have good taste. I was heavily influenced by contemporary American architecture, particularly Grant C. Kirkpatrick light and huge glass doors. We had to make it look classy, sophisticated and expensive.”
The team originally wanted to use a real house, but due to the destruction that follows later in the series, they had to build the lower half at Bovingdon Studios in Hertfordshire. A green screen was used for the upper levels, and four different gardens were used to represent the front and back.
The artwork was created specifically for the show by artist Humphrey Bangham, with the team taking inspiration from Kandinsky and Mondrian. In the meantime, the rest of the house has been furnished with state-of-the-art furniture to match the homeowners’ extravagant lifestyle.
The expensive set was then destroyed as part of the series’ climax, with a one-shot take that Reddin described as “nerve-wracking” 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 away from Halo Hearing Solutions and the Butchers on High Street in Bovingdon for scenes later in the series where Trevor ventures out of the house.
This was near Bovingdon Studios where interior scenes were filmed. Previous productions filmed at the studios include Bohemian Rhapsody, Justice League and Midsomer Murders.
Meanwhile in Buckinghamshire, filming was taking place in Aylesbury, about half an hour’s drive from Bovingdon, where scenes outside a police station were filmed.
What did Rowan Atkinson say about filming Man Vs Bee?
Atkinson recently told the British Comedy Guide that, like his other film and television projects, he actually found the show “terrible” making it.
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, the music, the sound and the sound mix and all that. I’m very, very interested in that.” to be involved in all of this. And the pre-production, the whole development of the script…
“The meat in the sandwich is the awful part. The breadcrumbs are okay on both sides – pre-production and post-production – but the production isn’t fun at all.”
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