The miniseries is set in the UK, although bestselling New York author Harlan Coben’s book is based in the US.
Stay Close is the latest eight-part series to air on Netflix, and many viewers are wondering where the mystery drama takes place, as the original story, written by best-selling novelist Harlan Coben, is based in the United States.
However, viewers were quick to spot the UK landmarks and the British cast left many wondering if the screen adaptation was a departure from the book.
So where was the show filmed and where does the story take place? That’s what you need to know.
What is Stay Close about?
Stay Close follows the lives of four strangers who are more intertwined than they first realize, as past crimes begin to unfold and secrets begin to emerge to bind the group together.
Starring James Nesbitt, Cush Jumbo, Richard Armitage and Sarah Parish, the series stays close to the original storyline but does not take place in the United States, where the book is set.
It centers on a young mother of three named Megan (Jumbo) who moves to a different part of town and changes her identity, also known as Cassie.
The Netflix synopsis reads: “Four people are each hiding dark secrets from their loved ones; Megan (Jumbo) a working mother of three, Ray (Armitage), a once up-and-coming documentary photographer, Broome (Nesbitt) a detective unable to let go of a cold missing person case, and Lorraine (Parish), an old friend of Megan’s. . As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and those around them, what will be their next move?
It also promises “thrills, engrossing suspense, and secrets of past crimes that begin to unravel”, making you wonder “how well you really know someone”.
Where does the series take place?
Stay Close is set in the north of England, in the fictional town of Ridgewood.
American writer Coben had planned the story to be set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, but like his previous screen adaptation ‘The Stranger’, Stay Close took place in the United Kingdom. United for the series.
Where was Stay Close filmed?
Merseyside and central Manchester were among the filming locations for the series, but Blackpool was also used as Coben revealed “while the book is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Blackpool really does look a lot like Atlantic City” .
He also admitted “It’s always a challenge to make things happen.”
Manchester and St Helens
Right off the bat, the series features a number of scenes that were shot in clubs and bars across the northern city.
The Vipers Club, where Megan is reintroduced to her old friend Lorraine in the first episode, was actually filmed inside Impossible in Manchester.
For Megan’s bachelorette party in the first episode, the Manchester Bar Haven also makes an appearance.
As for St Helens, viewers may have noticed that the bird’s-eye shots show a huge head sculpture. This is actually the “Dream” statue of St Helens, designed by artist Jaume Plensa.
Blackpool was chosen for several of the location shots, apparently due to its uncanny resemblance to Atlantic City, while Manchester’s northern quarter was used for the city center shots.
Stay Close was released on Netflix UK on December 31, 2021, all episodes are available to watch now for Netflix subscribers
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