Norfolk pub shrouded in black as TV crew takes over

The Nelson Head at Horsey, Norfolk, is being used for inside scenes for a new crime series Chemistry of Death.

The Nelson Head at Horsey is being used for inside scenes for a new crime series The Chemistry of Death. - Credit: Liz Coates

A popular Norfolk pub known for its time-warp interior has been shrouded in black for its role in a new psychological thriller.

Numerous vans have taken over the large pub garden at the Nelson Head in Horsey which was a hive of activity as filming got underway on Tuesday, August 2.

The  crime series from Paramount is  based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Simon Beckett, The Chemistry of Death.

The pub garden at The Nelson Head in Horsey has been taken over by a film crew.

The pub garden at The Nelson Head in Horsey has been taken over by a film crew. - Credit: Liz Coates

It is set in a Norfolk village where a grisly murder takes place.

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The Chemistry of Death, a new drama series, is being filmed in Norfolk - Credit: Paramount+

The main character is Dr David Hunter who appears in other novels by Beckett.

He is asked to help solve the murder before finding himself under suspicion from the locals.

Chemistry of Death being filmed at The Nelson Head, Horsey, Norfolk

One of Norfolk's most characterful pubs The Nelson Head at Horsey is being used for inside scenes for a new crime series. - Credit: Liz Coates

The 15 weeks of filming by Paramount will mainly take place in Glasgow and Norfolk with crews setting up on an Ayrshire beach earlier this month.

The Chemistry of Death was written by BAFTA-winning screenwriter Sukey Venables Fisher and is being directed by Richard R. Clark, who also directed Outlander and War of the Worlds.

Film crew descends on the Nelson Head at Horsey, Norfolk

A film crew has taken over the garden at The Nelson Head in Horsey for the filming of The Chemistry of Death. - Credit: Liz Coates

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The series, which will be six episodes of 60 minutes, is being made for Paramount+.

The pub opened as usual on Wednesday.

Pub manager Richi Cook said the crew had made an approach several months ago, and after scoping out several candidates settled on the Nelson Head as their location.

He said they filmed until around 3am on Wednesday. He said he was surprised at the scale of the "massive set up". He understood they were mainly filming night scenes, hence the black out screens, and had no plans to return as far as he knew.

According to one person he spoke to the series would be coming out around Christmas time. He added it would be interesting to see how much of the pub would be recognisable on screen.

According to Screen Daily the cast includes Harry Treadaway as forensic anthropologist Dr David Hunter, alongside Katie Leung, Jeanne Goursaud, Nick Blood, Amy Nuttall, David Hayman and Hardy Krüger Jr.