Argyle House becomes fictional ‘Lothian’ Police HQ for Irvine Welsh TV adaptation

Those passing by the city’s Argyle House this weekend may have noticed that the office space looks to have been transformed into “Lothian” Police headquarters from Saturday morning.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 4:26 pm
Locals were puzzled when they spotted "Lothian" Police HQ at Argyle House this weekend

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However, it has been revealed that the fictional “Lothian” Police HQ has been created at Argyle House for an exciting new series on BritBox, which will be an adaptation of Irving Welsh’s Crime novel.

Members of the public spotted the film crew erecting the sign for the fictional headquarters around 11am on Saturday, May 15.

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The fictional “Lothian” Police HQ has been created at Argyle House for an exciting new series on BritBox which will be an adaptation of Irving Welsh’s Crime novel.

The best-selling missing person thriller novel was released by the Leith-born writer in 2008, and is the sequel to Filth, which was previously adapted for film.

Crime follows the story of DI Ray Lennox, who is battling his own personal demons, and a child murder case which he previously worked on.

When he is put onto investigating the disappearance of a schoolgirl, he must put his own problems aside in search for the truth.

Dougray Scott, who is best known for his roles in Mission: Impossible 2, My Week with Marilyn, and Batwoman will play the troubled detective.

Appearing alongside him will be Joanna Vanderham as DS Amanda Drummond, Angela Griffin as Trudi Lowe, Ken Stott as Chief Superintendent Bob Toal and Jamie Sives as Detective Inspector Dougie Gillman.

Welsh has adapted the screenplay himself and after several film adaptations, this will be the first time his work has been made into a TV series.

Filming for the six-part series began in Edinburgh and Glasgow on April 29 and is expected to take 12 weeks.

Crime will air later in 2021 and is scheduled for autumn or winter exclusively on BritBox.

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