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No Valetine’s Day Bliss for Stephen Mangan

14th February 2018

You’ll question true love this Valentine’s Day after watching Stephen Mangan in Bliss, which starts tonight on Sky One, and filmed extensively in Sutton – which was doubling for Bristol.

Mangan, who also starred in Green Wing and Episodes, plays a travel writer, who fakes all his travel in order to balance his time between two different families. The families comprise partner Kim and their teenage daughter Christina, and another family in Bristol they know nothing about — Denise and their teenage son Kris.

In December 2016 the show filmed at The Old Rectory on Malden Road in Cheam. Cheam Library doubled as school. And a house on Palmer Avenue played the home of Denise and Kris, although their scenes inside the house were shot in a studio.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Sutton Council. FilmFixer director Karen Everett says, “The production was filming during the cold December weather, and we were delighted they made a donation to a local food bank by way of thanks to locals.”

Stephen Mangan joked, “I’ve always wanted two wives so this project is very close to my heart. Andrew absolutely loves both women — he’s not lying about that.”