- CELEBRITIES from the small screen have been retelling epic myths with a little help from the Forest of Dean’s stunning scenery.
- Film crews shooting Atlantis for the BBC have chosen a former supermarket warehouse in Chepstow as their main studio base and have been venturing across the River Wye of late to shoot scenes in the Forest.
- Mark Addy, Juliet Stevenson (pictured) and Sarah Parish are among the cast members starring in the 13-part series, described as a “thrilling fantasy drama" which “brings to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends re-imagined for a new generation".
- Some of them have been spotted by people in the area. Gareth Porter of Quad Bikes Wales, which sells and hires out specialist off-road vehicles, tweeted: “Nice day filming Atlantis in the Forest Of Dean with the quads. Scorchio!"
- And watch out for a rogue mountain biker when the show hits screens this autumn too.
- Forest of Dean Mountain Bike Guides tweeted on Thursday: “Just accidentally rode onto a film set, whoops!!!!"
- The series is being seen by pundits as a replacement for the BBC’s Merlin show, much of which was shot at Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves as the legendary province of Camelot was recreated for viewers.
- But, while Atlantis teams have been in the Forest, they have not headed to either of those locations, although Clearwell Caves co-owner Jonathan Wright is hopeful some business will come their way.
- He said: “We had the location checkers come round not long ago with the director and producer because they specifically needed an underground lake for one scene. We’ve got an underground lake but they couldn’t get the angle they wanted so they didn’t do any filming, which upset us a bit. But now they’ve been here, hopefully they will come back if the script demands it at some point."
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