Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

Crime drama capital


With BBC One’s much anticipated crime drama One of Us due to hit screens (BBC1, Tuesday 23 August, 21:00), This is Edinburgh, the official guide to Edinburgh, is celebrating with the launch of the Edinburgh Crime Drama Guide, detailing the locations of famous films and TV programmes that have led to Edinburgh becoming a crime drama capital.

One Of Us, BBC One

With record numbers of visitors travelling to south Sweden following the success of Nordic Noir series The Bridge and Wallander – a 29% rise in Brits travelling to Skane in just one year – This is Edinburgh hopes the new crime drama guide will help locals and visitors retrace their favourite scenes and walk in the footsteps of famous stars, including David Tennant (Escape Artist) and Ken Stott (Rebus).

One Of Us is the latest in a long tradition of crime-drama series to be made in Edinburgh. Written by Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing), One of Us is a tense thriller following the twists and aftermath of the brutal murder of two childhood sweethearts just back from honeymoon. The highly anticipated BBC drama based its pre-production in Edinburgh, before its three month filming schedule in the city and the Scottish Borders, where the scenic backdrop doubled for the Highlands of Scotland.

Film Edinburgh has revealed that of the 200 plus dramas filmed in Edinburgh over the last 25 years, as a genre, crime dramas have made up more than 20%. However, it was 2012 when they hit their peak, when a massive 43% of all dramas filmed in the region were crime. This including global hits such as BBC’s Case Histories, Doors Open and Birger Larsen’s Murder.

Rosie Ellison, Film Manager for Film Edinburgh said: “Edinburgh has an amazing history of crime drama, but it was really from the nineties that Edinburgh became popular as the backdrop for crime productions.

“The appetite for the genre across the globe is stronger than ever and with 40% of all visitors choosing to come to a destination they have seen on screen, the new crime drama guide is a perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to seek out some of the city’s most iconic locations from across the decades.”

‘One of us’ screens on BBC One at 9pm, Tuesday 23rd August to Tuesday 13 September, or catch up on iPlayer.