Traces Revived An Iconic Peaky Blinders Location For Season 2

The drama is set in Dundee, but it’s actually filmed elsewhere.

Alibi's 'Traces' actors Martin Compston and Molly Windsor, TV still

After a whirlwind first series, Alibi’s Traces has returned to our screens. Starring Molly Windsor and Line of Duty’s Martin Compston, Season 1 followed lab assistant Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor), as she returned to her childhood home. Starting a new job, she becomes entwined with a cold case involving the murder of her mother. In season 2, her relationship with Daniel (Martin Compston) becomes ever stranger, and she trains to become a forensic chemist.

Although season one was filmed in Dundee, this latest season was filmed across Bolton, Greater Manchester. As per The Bolton News, TV sets were spotted in the town centre in May. An array of well-known shows have been filmed in the local area, including Peaky Blinders, Last Tango In Halifax, The Stranger, It’s A Sin, and long-running ITV soap Coronation Street.

With season 2 involving a series of bomb plots, the Bolton filming spot was transformed into the aftermath of an explosion. Laura Fraser (Professor Sarah Gordon) and Michael Nardone (D.I. Neil McKinven) were both spotted wearing blue forensic suits, alongside the presence of emergency services.

Bolton councillor Hilary Fairclough told The Bolton News: “It is wonderful that Bolton is the place of choice for many dramas and, of course, Coronation Street. Bolton has a long history going back into the 1960s with films, including the Spring and Port Wine play and The Family Way.”

"We have such an interesting backdrop, and it certainly puts us on the map for all the right reasons."

Traces Season 2 is airing now on Alibi now.