VIEWERS tuning into Traces on the BBC may find themselves doing a double-take as they spot some familiar places.

For although the drama is set in Dundee, the filming was done right here in Bolton, once again giving the town a national showcase on prime time television.

The crime thriller is produced by Manchester-based RED Production and based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid.

Filming took in Victoria Square, Nelson Square, Le Mans Crescent, including the old Magistrates building, including the old police cells.

Speaking to Creative England, which facilitates filming, Assistant Location Manager, Laura Power said: "We found some fantastic places, especially in Bolton, where we used an old retail space and then also council buildings that were opposite each other."

The six episode drama is also showing on BBC Iplayer.

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A spokesman for RED Production Company, who are making the series, have previously described Bolton as a "perfect base".

The company said: "Bolton has such a wonderful range of architecture, stone and age of buildings that (amongst the warm welcome from the community) is what makes it a perfect base for locations for a series."

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In recent weeks, camera crews have been back in Bolton to film a new BBC drama series, Ridley Road.

The programme is based on Jo Bloom’s novel Ridley Road and filming has taken place in Le Mans Crescent.