Anatomy of a Scandal finally dropped on Netflix on April 15, and it quickly became the streamer’s top TV show. Many fans want to know everything about the making of David E. Kelley’s drama series, including its filming locations. Here’s everything you need to know about where Anatomy of a Scandal takes place and where it was filmed.
Where does ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ take place?
Anatomy of a Scandal takes place in Britain. The story follows James Whitehouse (Rupert Friend), a parliamentary minister who becomes entangled in a scandal involving an alleged sexual assault. James’ wife, Sophie (Sienna Miller), wants to stay by his side and prove his innocence. However, as the scandal unfolds, Sophie finds herself confused as to the truth. On the other side of the scandal is attorney Kate Woodcroft (Michelle Dockery), who will do whatever she can to prove James guilty.
The thrilling drama is set in the areas of Oxford, England and surrounding areas. Some scenes feature flashbacks to a young James’ days attending Oxford University. Meanwhile, James and Sophie’s home is in London, about 52 miles from Oxford.
Filming locations of “Anatomy of a Scandal”
Anatomy of a Scandal was filmed in London and Oxford, but some on-screen locations weren’t what they seemed. For example, the show recreated the famous Old Bailey courtroom at Shepperton Studios in Shepperton, Surrey, England, as well as on location at Freemasons Hall in London, according to Metro. The House of Commons stages also used two different locations – Charterhouse School in Surrey and John Rylands Library in Manchester.
While the University of Oxford snaps certainly looked gorgeous, it was actually not Oxford University. Instead, these exterior scenes featured a school for boys called Winchester College.
The Whitehouse Residence unfortunately does not exist in real life. Like Anatomy of a Scandal Director SJ Clarkson told Metro they couldn’t find a suitable location for James and Sophie’s house, so they built their own.
“We couldn’t find the exact house/footprint,” she said. “Similarly, with all the COVID-19 restrictions we’ve been dealing with, we decided that a build would give us the scope and scale to stage the family/wedding scenes to give them movement and energy as well as giving us a controllable set to keep everyone safe.”
Other Anatomy of a Scandal filming locations included Wadham, Radcliffe Square, New College Lane and Brasenose Alley.
The drama series features landmarks from across London
While some of the show’s landmarks were recreations, others were the real deal. Netflix’s Tudum shared the story of some Anatomy of a Scandal pitches in a recent blog post. For example, fans can see the famous Big Ben tower clock in London. Restaurants called Terrence Bar and The Delaunay are also featured.
The six episodes of Anatomy of a Scandal are now streaming on Netflix.
How to get help: In the United States, call RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to connect with a trained staff member at a sexual assault service provider in your area .
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