Bulletproof South Africa: Noel Clarke admits Cape Town wasn’t ‘first option’ for Sky drama
19th January 2021

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Sky viewers are going to be transported to the hustle and bustle of the streets of Cape Town in Bulletproof: South Africa as Aaron Bishop (played by Noel Clarke) and Ronnie Pike (Ashley Walters) take on a whole host of action-packed cases. And while the change of location in season three will undoubtedly bring an entirely new element to the drama, the show’s leading stars have revealed South Africa wasn’t the first choice when deciding to relocate the action.

In a Q&A with Express.co.uk and other press, Clarke and Walter admitted they’d originally looked towards a very different location before landing on Cape Town.

When asked why South Africa, Walters confessed: “Actually, we didn’t really pick it. Where was it meant to be, Noel? You’re better at this story.”

Clarke jumped in: “I think we kind of wanted it to be Hong Kong, I think that was our first option.”

The Bulletproof star continued: “To be – when you think of them being fish out of water, that was our first option.

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“Them trying to be incognito in a place like that just adds another level, right? 

“But just going through the logistics of filming, we went through a few places and then Cape Town came up and we were like ‘alright.’

“Production were like that’s probably the best place right now if we want to get this done. So we were like ‘yeah, alright, let’s do it’.”

Sarah Tanner star Lindsey Coulson was also part of the panel as she weighed in with her thoughts on the comparison between filming Bulletproof in the UK with South Africa.

“There’s no comparison really,” Coulson began. “South Africa is a country of extremes.

“So you’ve got extreme poverty, extreme wealth, extreme beauty. But it has a vibrancy that, unless you’re there, there’s something about being around Table Mountain that has this energy it gives off. 

“Everybody that’s there is open to talking to you, I had so much energy that I don’t think I slept for any of the production, I didn’t. 

“There was so much to see, so much to ask questions about, my brain was just in overload the entire time. 

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“And then those two [Clarke and Walters], I can’t really work with them because they spend most of the time making me laugh,” the Bulletproof: South Africa star added.

Despite Pike and Bishop’s foray to the Southern Hemisphere in season three, a return to London is on the cards as Sky has already renewed Bulletproof for a fourth season.

Sky confirmed production is scheduled to take place in London later this year.

Speaking out following the announcement Bulletproof would be back for season four, Clarke said: “We are ecstatic that Bulletproof has been commissioned for yet another season.

“It is a testament to the hard-working cast, crew, and everyone behind the scenes making it all happen. We work hard to bring you something entertaining and heartfelt and we hope you enjoy it when it returns!”

Walter echoed his co-star’s words as he added: “I am so pleased we can continue the journey of Bishop and Pike. 

“This show has stood the test of time because of the heart we put into it.

“We really appreciate the support we have had from all that have watched. See you again soon”

Bulletproof: South Africa premieres on Sky One on Wednesday, January 20 at 9pm.

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