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The city of Bath will feature on screens this Christmas in two of the BBC’s most popular Christmas Specials, with filming carried out with the help of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Film Office.

On Christmas Day, BBC One will be broadcasting the ‘Christmas Day Service Live from Bath Abbey’. There will be a performance from the children’s choir Melody Makers and the Abbey’s Boys, Girls and Men’s Choirs will lead the congregation in a number of well-known Christmas Carols.

On New Year’s Day BBC One will be screening its long awaited Victorian version of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The episode, entitled ‘The abominable Bride’, features a spectacular scene filmed earlier this year in Queen Street, Bath.

Ben Mangam, Location Manager for the series said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to bring ‘Sherlock’ to Bath. Bath is one of my go to places when filming period pieces, with its eye catching architecture it is a city that just shines on screen. Combined with first rate film officers and a film friendly council – it’s one to revisit time and time again. Thank you Bath!”

Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “It’s wonderful to see Bath in the spotlight once again with both programmes expected to draw large audiences. The Film Office has strived to minimise the impact of filming on local residents who I’d like to thank for their patience. It has been a busy year for staff in the Film Office, who have worked hard at boosting the economic benefits of filming through initiatives such as the recently launched Film Friendly Partnership, which showcases local businesses to productions filming in the area.”

The Christmas Day Service ‘Live from Bath Abbey’ appears on BBC One at 10am on Christmas Day and Sherlock: ‘The Abominable Bride’ will be screened on BBC One at 9pm on New Year’s Day.