VIEWPOINT is the latest ITV thriller set to keep audiences glued to their screens for the foreseeable future, with the first episode airing tonight (Monday, April 26).
With Noel Clarke in the lead role, the series touches on the hot-button topic of surveillance and comes fresh after ITV's most recent psychological thriller series Too Close.
Where was Viewpoint filmed?
The action-packed series is set in Manchester, under the guise of fictional location Westbury Square – which is actually St John Street in Manchester city centre, a highly sought after area most known for its Georgian townhouses, which can be spotted in Viewpoint.
This area is situated just off of Deansgate, Manchester City Centre.
There are other notable Manchester hot-points and tourist attractions that can be seen providing a backdrop to the series, such as the famous Northern Quater, Manchester Town Hall, Lloyd Street and Central Street.
In terms of studio usage, the producers opted to set up shop at Space Studios in east Manchester. The studios first opened seven years ago in 2014 and are located just a short southward journey from Manchester City Football Club's Etihad Stadium complex.
An ITV press release ahead of Viewpoint’s release revealed Viewpoint director and executive producer Ashley Way's views on filming in Manchester: “Manchester is a beautiful place. It’s a modern city that is very much rooted in its industrial past, which for a filmmaker is a dream.
“There are many rich architectural textures, showing its traditional past alongside its modern future. You often see a lot of Castlefields and the Northern Quarter but we wanted to show people the concrete and glass, and the beautiful Georgian streets that it’s not necessarily known for.
“I didn’t want to do what was expected with this story as it’s important the audience are kept guessing and we chose all of our locations based on that
idea as well. We wanted to energise the story with all these architectural styles. Thankfully Manchester has all that in abundance.”
What is Viewpoint about?
Viewpoint sees Noel Clarke depict Detective Martin Young, who is part of a police surveillance unit trying to crack a mysterious case in a seemingly tight-knit Manchester community.
When beloved primary school teacher Gemma Hillman (Amy Wren) disappears off the face of the earth, DC Young opts to set up his stake-out spot in the home of single mum Zoe Sterling, played by No Offence star Alexandra Roach.
There is a method to his madness, Zoe’s flat boasts a panoramic view of all that goes on in Westbury Square.
More specifically, he can have a gander directly into the flat that Gemma shares with boyfriend Greg Sullivan (played by Fehinti Balogun) who is the prime suspect in her disappearance.
ITV described the new drama as "Mining the paranoid hinterland of Rear Window and The Lives Of Others", claiming it has the ability to "deliver a contemporary, character-driven murder mystery with a seductively intimate feel."
The network added: "It’s as much about friendship, trust and community as it is about solving a crime – it’s about the tension between our public and private lives and the secrets and horrors that thrive behind closed doors……especially when we think no-one’s watching."
Who stars in Viewpoint?
The most notable name of the entire cast and crew is Noel Clarke, won the BAFTA Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award and was praised for his inspiring speech earlier this month.
The role of Zoe Sterling is played by Alexandra Roach, who will be a familiar face to many for her Alexandra will be familiar to many for her role as police officer Joy Freers in Channel 4's brilliant No Offence, another Manchester-set drama. Alexandra was also in season three of the high-profile Killing Eve.
Catherine Tyldesley plays Kate Tuckman, Tyldesley best known for her depiction of Eva Price on Coronation Street, though she has since taken part in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, as well as the BBC's comedy drama Scarborough.
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