Silent Witness filming locations: Explore the settings of the BBC drama

The long-running forensic crime drama is back for its 24th series.

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After a long wait, Silent Witness is back on our screens for its 24th series – with Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) and Jack Hodgson (David Caves) back for more intriguing cases.

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Last week the pair were joined by newcomer Adam Yeun (played by Strangers star Jason Wong), and this time the new addition is the subject of some uncertainty – when doubts about his behaviour lead Nikki and Jack to think he may be corrupt.

While the team is still based at the Lyell Centre, as ever the drama will make use of several different locations throughout the series as Nikki, Jack and Adam are called to a variety of cases.

Interestingly, Emilia Fox recently revealed that the locations used for this series were chosen specifically to make it easier to film under pandemic restrictions – with storylines changing to make this possible.

“The storylines had to adapt as we were filming under COVID restrictions,” she said. “The writers tackled this by containing us in certain locations, as we couldn’t do as much filming around London.”

Read on for everything you need to know about the locations that were used during this series.

Where is the Lyell Centre filmed?

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The Lyell Centre is located in a warehouse at BBC Park Western in Acton, where a permanent set was built eight years ago.

This is now official Silent Witness HQ with the art and props departments based in the building and ready to provide fake blood and cadavers on demand.

Where were the hospital scenes filmed?

Much of the third doubleheader Reputations takes place inside a hospital called St Jude’s – although no such hospital actually exists. Instead, these scenes were shot at Hemel Hempstead General Hospital, just outside of London.

Other scenes in these episodes take place in the Cowley Institute – filmed at the Mistral Building in Reading.

Where was the beach scene filmed?

In the second part of the second doubleheader Bad Love, Jack Hodgson was forced to plunge himself deep into water in order to stop a suspect from drowining himself. The beach where this scene was filmed is located at the National Trust property Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters.

Meanwhile, the swimming pool scene at the start of the double-header was at Charing Cross Sports Club in Hammersmith.

Where is the high-security prison filmed?

The first doubleheader of series 24 centres around a case at a high-security prison, where Nikki and Jack are called after an inmate dies during a prison riot.

In the show, the prison is called Hayworth Prison, which is not the name of a real UK prison (although could be a little nod to The Shawshank Redemption, in which a prisoner escapes his cell with help from a poster of Rita Hayworth).

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Parts of the episode were shot at the now-defunct Gloucester Prison on Barrack Square, with filming having taken place there in October 2020. The prison, which closed in 2013, is now used as a tourist attraction. Meanwhile, the prison’s interior scenes were shot at Former HMP Holloway on Parkhurst Road in London.

Silent Witness continues tonight at 9pm on BBC One. Check out what else is on with our TV Guide, or visit our Drama hub for all the latest news and features.