The BBC has released a first-look image from its forthcoming drama filmed in Bolton based on the true story of the kidnapping of Chloe Ayling.

The six-part series stars actress Nadia Parkes as Ayling and follows her abduction and time in captivity, as well as the subsequent court case that put her kidnappers in jail.

Key scenes were filmed on Selkirk Road, The Oldhams Estate including when Ms Ayling read a statement outside her house describing the ordeal.

It is that image which has been released to the media to promote the drama.

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Filming also took place in Bolton town centre.

The Bolton News: Chloe Ayling, left, and Georgia Lister, who wrote the dramaChloe Ayling, left, and Georgia Lister, who wrote the drama

The London glamour model was abducted in 2017 after arriving at an address in Milan, Italy, for a modelling job but was later released.

A six-part series called Kidnapped, written by Georgia Lester, who worked on Killing Eve, is based on research, interviews, the legal proceedings and Ayling’s autobiography Kidnapped – The Untold Story Of My Abduction.

The Bolton News: Filming taking place on Oldhams EstateFilming taking place on Oldhams Estate

“It will tell Chloe’s personal story in full for the first time, going behind the headlines to shine a light on the emotional truth,” according to the BBC.

Ayling was held in a farmhouse near Turin while a 300,000 euro (£265,000) ransom was demanded.

She was released six days later, on July 17, at the British Consulate in Milan.


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Polish national Lukasz Herba and his brother, Michal Herba, were subsequently jailed after an Italian court convicted them of kidnapping Ayling.

However, the model faced headlines claiming she had faked her ordeal, and was accused in court of being involved in a “publicity stunt”.

Ayling subsequently appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2018.

The Bolton News: Filming taking place in BoltonFilming taking place in Bolton Parkes will star in the series, made with the co-operation of Ayling, alongside A Spy Among Friends actor Adrian Edmondson and The Capture’s Nigel Lindsay.

Filming took place in Italy and the UK last year.

– Kidnapped will launch on BBC Three and iPlayer later this year.