Being part of the Clique
The latest drama taking full advantage of Edinburgh’s wonderful locations is Clique, a TV series exclusively shown on BBC3 online and which is still available on catch up.
If you’ve watched the six part drama you may recognise nightspots like Cabaret Voltaire and the Voodoo Rooms, or the National Library of Scotland and West End streets. You may also find yourself scratching your head trying to guess at fleeting glimpses of the city, such as on Rutland Street and in the Old Town.
Clique is a thriller about two friends who have started university in Edinburgh and fall under the spell of an elite group of alpha girls who are enrolled in an internship programme led by an influential lecturer. The series was filmed exclusively in Edinburgh and East Lothian, with forty different locations being used, from pubs and nightclubs to grand New Town homes. The show is set in a university in Edinburgh, and while it does not specify which one, residents of Edinburgh will be quick to notice studenty places like The Meadows, the tunnel at Potterrow and at the back of the National Museum of Scotland.
Film Edinburgh was brought in to advise the production company on locations and to provide a selection of private residential properties that could be used. One of these private homes, featured in the first episode and located in the southside, was utilised because it has its own stunning indoor pool.
“The production first got in touch in November 2015,” says Rosie Ellison from Film Edinburgh. “They told us that the script was about girls at university in Edinburgh and they would love to film in Edinburgh. They visited a number of different locations to see how students might live. The lead characters are ordinary and fall in with a crowd in the New Town, and the production also wanted a feel for enterprise and business in the city. It was very Edinburgh, with lots of locations, and a good range across the city.”
Here are some of the key locations in the TV series Clique, without revealing any plot spoilers. (use a pic with the caption underneath it.)
Halls of residence
The student halls where Georgia and Holly initially reside was the private Gateway Student Halls on Montgomery Street.
Cockenzie and Port Seton were used as the place where Georgia grows up, with the harbour and the playpark seen in flashback.
The impressive Beach House is located in Coldingham, lying behind the row of colourful beach huts. It has previously been used for a number of high end photo shoots, but this was the first time it had been used in a drama.
The lecture theatre was filmed at Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus lecture theatre, an impressively modern space with huge glass front.
The university library was filmed at the National Library of Scotland reading room, where production took advantage of the space out of hours, so as not to disturb visitors to the library.
The Clique house
The elite group of girls stay in an impressive New Town house which was situated off London Road, and which featured stylish interiors which highlighted the period touches, including the tiled entrance hall, and winding staircase and balustrade over three floors.
A couple of vantage points in the Shore were used in Clique, including the cobbled area outside Malmaison, and on the opposite side of the water, by Sandport Place, where a small ‘love’ flat for two of the characters was situated.
On the steps
The steps at Warriston’s Close were also used as a meeting place for characters, and these steps have become a bit of a tourist attraction, having also been featured in the film One Day.
The Voodoo Rooms
The glitzy bar in Edinburgh’s East End was used for a night club scene, although the exterior was a mix of a number of different locations. The grand bar of the Dome was also used as a location for a deluxe drinks reception.
Could your home be a film location?
Film Edinburgh is always on the look out for residential properties to submit to production location scouts, and so if you would love to see your home on screen, why not get in touch. Your home doesn’t even need to have an indoor swimming pool – it could be a New Town garden flat, a one bedroom flat in Craigmillar or somewhere with a sea view.
You can contact Rosie Ellison at Film Edinburgh at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0131 270 3280