Netflix’s After Life to be filmed in Hemel Hempstead next week

Filming for season three of Ricky Gervais’ Netflix series ‘After Life’ will be coming to Hertfordshire next week.

The comedy-drama is created, written, produced and directed by Gervais who also stars as the main character Tony.

Filming for the third season is already underway and is set to come to Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, from Tuesday (May 11).

The Old Town has played a key part in the previous two instalments and provides the setting for the Tambury Gazette – a free local newspaper where Tony works as a features editor.

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Tony’s life is turned upside down after his wife Lisa, played by Kerry Godliman, dies from breast cancer.

Tony says and does whatever he wants, and the show is adored for its powerful and relatable insight into dealing with grief, depression and suicidal thoughts.

Who are the other cast members?

Other cast members include Letchworth’s Mandeep Dhillon, Game of Thrones’ Tony Way, Diane Morgan, Roisin Conaty, David Earl, Joe Wilkinson and Tom Basden, all of whom have appeared in Gervais’ previous creations.

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Gervais, who is also the creator of The Office, Extras and Derek, has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos on his social media to show the progress of the latest series.

In a new Facebook post, the comedian, writer and director claimed this series “may be the best yet”.

After Life was renewed for a third season back in May last year and it’s the first time a fictional series created by Gervais has been extended beyond two seasons.

“The Council are very excited to have film crews back in Dacorum”

Signs have now been placed in Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town near St Marys Close ahead of filming.

The signs warn locals that filming is due to take place and that a number of parking bays will be suspended.

Chris Taylor, Group Manager for Strategic Planning and Regeneration, said: “The Council are very excited to have film crews back in Dacorum and to welcome the Afterlife crew back for their third series.

“Filming in the Borough has become increasingly popular due to its close proximity to London and the council encourages and supports this because of the economic and other benefits it brings.

“Filming also helps to raise the profile of Hemel Hempstead and surrounding areas. We look forward to welcoming some exciting productions over the coming weeks, months and years and seek to enable this wherever we can”.

Signs have been put up in Hemel Hempstead's Old Town ahead of next week's filming
Signs have been put up in Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town ahead of next week’s filming
(Image: Ian Harris)

In response to the signs around Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town, a spokesperson from Dacorum Borough Council said: “We place advance warning signs in parking bays one week before their use is to be suspended.

“We then replace these with the bay suspension signs on the day that they are required. These suspension signs will remain on site until the end of the parking bay suspension, which in this instance is just one day.

“No public parking will be available in St Marys Close on this day (Tuesday, May 11).

“St Marys Close has disabled badge holder only parking bays which we would not normally suspend. However, on this occasion the suspension of these bays was permitted on the condition that the production team paid for the one-hour bays to be suspended on the High Street as well for the displaced disabled badge holders only bays located just outside St Marys Close.

“The production company were offered approximately 25 per cent of Gadebridge Lane Car Park as a filming unit base, and fourteen Pay & Park bays within The Gables Car Park to be used as a technical vehicle base.

“The Traffic Regulation Order that covers our off-street parking sites includes the power to close all or part of car parks for any reason the Council considers fit.

“We encourage filming within the Borough as it raises the profile of Dacorum and helps the local economy. Gadebridge Lane Car Park is one of the few sites in which we can accommodate filming bases and we restrict this to a quarter/half of the car parks capacity. The income that is generated from the rental charge we collect from film companies helps us to maintain this free to use car park along with other sites.”

While the third season is going to be the last – according to the comedian – fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming episodes.

The series so far has also been filmed in other locations across England including Hampstead, Beaconsfield and Camber Sands in East Sussex.

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