A Mother’s Son location: Where was A Mother’s Son filmed?

ITV will be airing the concluding half of its miniseries A Mother’s Son this evening (Tuesday, April 21) at 9pm. The show first aired on British screens back in 2012 but with the global coronavirus pandemic bringing television productions grinding to a standstill, broadcasters have resorted to airing repeats. Once ITV has aired the final episode, viewers can catch up on the ITV Hub.

Where is A Mother’s Son set?

A Mother’s Son follows a community reeling after the murder of schoolgirl Lorraine Mullary.

The action is set in the fictional East Lee, a coastal town in Suffolk with the drama taking place in various locations in this area.

At the heart of the story is a family who are left shocked by the crime.

Mother Rosie (played by Hermione Norris) soon grows concerned her son Jamie (Alexander Arnold) could be involved in the killing after discovering some incriminating evidence.


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As her worst fears start to be confirmed, Jamie goes to his father and Rosie’s ex-husband David (Paul McGann) for support.

Additionally, Rosie is fearful her stepson Rob (Jake Davies) could be involved in the death but struggles to confide in her new partner Ben (Martin Clunes).

As Rosie’s suspicions surface, her relationship with Ben is strained and it looks like their blended family could be coming apart at the seams.

The family is planning to go on holiday but all of this is thrown into jeopardy after it looks like at least one member may have committed murder.

The drama explores family dynamics when put under pressure from outside factors and whether parents truly know their children – even when they are living under the same roof.

A Mother’s Son was written by Chris Lang, who is perhaps best known for the critically acclaimed crime drama Unforgotten.

Along with McGann, Norris and Clunes, A Mother’s Son also starred Nicola Walker, Ellie Bamber, Josef Atlin and Antonia Clarke.

Where was A Mother’s Son filmed?

ITV News reported back in 2012 filming on A Mother’s Son was taking place in Southwold.

The show was shot in the Suffolk village of Walberswick with scenes filmed in May.

Various locations were used in the area including the surrounding beaches and marshland.

Shop fronts were also transformed for the ITV drama and local residents played extras.


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Filming in Walberwick took place over the course of a week with the show later airing in autumn of the same year.

Norris told the publication at the time: “I used to holiday in Southwold as a child it’s really bizarre, it has such a distinctive feel, beautiful and reminds me of my childhood.”

While Clunes, who is better known as the lead in Doc Martin, said: “As a character actor you do have to keep moving or you go dead you know and I have not done anything since Doc Martin really last year.

“So that appealed to me going back to my day job and just the whole excitement of being involved in it because it’s so good.”

A Mother’s Son airs on ITV tonight at 9pm

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