Christopher Walken and Stephen Merchant shoot scenes for The Offenders

Actors Christopher Walken and Stephen Merchant have been spotted filming scenes for The Offenders in Bristol this week.

The show is new to the BBC and Amazon Prime, with season one yet to air this year, and season two already being shot.

They were seen at a local community centre, with a stand-in for Eleanor Tomlinson on set. 

On set: Actor Christopher Walken was spotted filming scenes for The Offenders in Bristol this week

Eleanor was not filming with the others, but her double was dressed in hi-vis clothing, matching the others.

She looked more glam than the gents – tying the jacket at the front and sporting a pair of golden oriental trousers. 

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78-year-old Hollywood star Christopher, who plays Frank – ‘an inveterate scoundrel trying to reconnect with his family’ – in the series, was seen being led to the set by a member of the crew.

Also on set were Killing Eve star Darren Boyd and newcomer Gamba Cole. 

Sunny: Stephen Merchant was also on location, filming in the warm weather

Lookalike: A stand-in for Eleanor Tomlinson was also on set, pictured left. Eleanor is pictured, left, on set previously

On location: They were seen at a local community centre

Back-to-back: The show is new to the BBC and Amazon Prime, with season one yet to air this year, and season two already being shot

 Scribe: The Office co-creator Stephen wrote the show

The show focuses on seven strangers forced together to complete a community payback sentence in Bristol.

The Office co-creator Stephen wrote the show, with absent Eleanor playing Gabby, an ‘aristocratic celebutante whose glamour and life of leisure masks deep-rooted problems’.

In a recent interview, she said of her character: ‘Gabby is a social-media influencer with a drink and drug problem. 

Hunky: Killing Eve star Darren Boyd was on set, looking brooding

Newcomer: Gamba Cole looked cheery as he headed to film scenes

Veteran: 78-year-old Hollywood star Christopher, who plays Frank – ‘an inveterate scoundrel trying to reconnect with his family’ – in the series, was seen being led to the set by a member of the crew

‘She is wild and uncontrollable and, without being unkind, blissfully unaware of the lives of others around her, which makes her outrageously funny to play.’

Filming began last year but was postponed because of Covid.

Discussing his forthcoming series, Merchant – who comes from Bristol, where the show is based – admitted production was initially hampered by the spread of coronavirus in 2020.

He told The Sun: ‘Like so many other productions, we’d just begun filming when COVID-19 struck and we had to shut-down.

Back in business: Filming began last year but was postponed because of Covid

Interruptions: Filming ground to a halt after just 12 days due to health concerns, but work has since continued in earnest as Britain’s third national lockdown starts to ease

‘I’m delighted that we’re now finally able to resume filming with this incredible cast and finish this long-standing passion project.

‘This is the first series I’ve made in my hometown of Bristol and I’m so excited to showcase the city and utilise the amazing local talent.’

Filming ground to a halt after just 12 days due to health concerns, but work has since continued in earnest as Britain’s third national lockdown starts to ease.

Reflecting on the BBC’s unorthodox decision to commission a second series before gauging the popularity of the first, producer Kenton Allen told Deadline: ‘We said, ‘We’ll write Season 2 if you commission Season 2′. We were able to rewrite Season 1 to reflect what we know is going to happen to the characters in Season 2. We were able to deepen it and layer it.’

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