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Hundreds of filming days across Suffolk, including Magpie Murders shot in Kersey, makes 2021 Screen Suffolk's busiest year

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Suffolk has seen its busiest year so far for filming TV shows and films, officials from the county's film office have said.

Rachel Aldridge, of Screen Suffolk, said there were more than 220 filming days across the county this year - making it the busiest since the company started in 2016.

Of all the productions over the last 12 months, Magpie Murders, which is set to be released on Britbox in February and which was shot in Kersey, was one of Screen Suffolk's biggest projects of 2021.

The adaptation of Anthony Horowitz's crime thriller, which stars Timothy McMullan and Lesley Manville in lead roles, also filmed scenes at Woodbridge railway station.

Channel 5's Walking Tudor Britain visited Suffolk when it was filmed at Framlingham Castle this year, meanwhile Radio 1's Big Weekend saw Ed Sheeran perform at Snape Maltings and Fast Justice, on Dave, followed the work of the county's police teams.

Other recent productions have seen Suffolk locations 'double up' as other places, as Covid and associated restrictions have meant travel has not been as easy as in previous times.

Rachel said people have had to get a 'bit creative', with Ipswich being used as London, and parts of the Suffolk coast doubling up as American coastlines.

Screen Suffolk formed five years ago and represents all of the county's districts authorities as well as the county council.

"I think we have been working really hard to get people to come to Suffolk," Rachel said.

"We are a subsidiary of Film Fixer, a London company, they look after 15 London boroughs and are always putting work our way."

It is a 'really easy process' for people to film in the county, she said, as all crews have to do is contact Screen Suffolk and they then organise everything.

They are 'really keen' for Suffolk residents to work in the county, rather than having to travel to London for work.

"There are also training and career opportunities here for people interested in getting into the business," Rachel added.

"We are hoping that all the work we are doing will mean that more and more people want to film here."

And the team at Screen Suffolk are hoping that 2022 will be just as busy as this last year.

Rachel said: "We have quite a few enquiries about productions already."