Published: Friday, 22nd Jan 2021

Watch out for Bolton appearing on the small screen in the next few weeks – with Le Mans Crescent once again featuring in a high-profile TV drama.

Channel Four’s It’s a Sin premieres at 9pm on Friday (January 22).

But although the five-part drama is set in 1980s London, programme makers once again looked north for some of their locations. 

It's a Sin filming took place in Bolton in 2019

It's a Sin filming took place in Bolton in 2019

Le Mans Crescent doubles up as a street in London in the five-part drama which follows a group of young friends who move to the capital to start a new life.

Penned by Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies, It’s a Sin is a tale of love and loss set against the backdrop of the AIDS pandemic which devastated the gay community through much of the decade.

It features up and coming acting talent including Omari Douglas and Olly Alexander, alongside established stars Stephen Fry and Shaun Dooley.

Filming took place in Bolton in October 2019 – with production teams bringing retro props including vintage cars to make the set look convincing.

Cllr David Greenhalgh, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “Bolton really punches above its weight as a filming location. The list of shows which are drawn to our borough to film just keeps on growing.

“It’s easy to see the appeal of Le Mans Crescent, which was built in the 1920s, and is Bolton’s hidden gem. It’s a stunning piece of architecture which with a little imagination can be repurposed as somewhere completely different – in this case a street in London in the 1980s!

“I hope people can find time to tune in for the show which looks great. It will be wonderful to see our town once again in the limelight – even if most people watching will think it’s London!”

The area of Bolton around Le Mans Crescent has previously been passed off as London in the hit TV crime show Peaky Blinders.

Filmmakers were back in the town earlier this month to shoot scenes for forthcoming Sky One Drama Wolfe, which is set to be broadcast later this year.

Netlfix's The Stranger, White Lines, The English Game and the BBC’s Traces were also filmed in Bolton as well as BBC drama Ridley Road which is also due on air during 2021.