AN EXCITING new Netflix drama is being filmed in East Lothian this week.

Filming is taking place at Lysander House in Dirleton and at nearby Yellowcraig Beach for an upcoming crime drama titled Department Q.

The detective series is an adaptation of the Nordic crime novels by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen and will star Matthew Goode of Watchmen, Downton Abbey and The Crown alongside Kelly Macdonald of Trainspotting and Disney's Brave

East Lothian Courier: Matthew Goode will lead the show. Image: PAMatthew Goode will lead the show. Image: PA (Image: PA)


The show follows a former top-rated detective (Goode) in Edinburgh who is assigned to a new cold case but is wracked with guilt following an attack that left a fellow policeman dead and his partner paralysed.

Filming is taking place in East Lothian today and tomorrow (Friday) for the show, which is directed by Scott Frank, who has previously worked on movies including Logan, for which he received an Acadamy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay. Frank has also worked alongside acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, helping put together the script for his 2002 film Minority Report.

It is not known how many scenes will be filmed in the county, nor how prominently it will feature.

East Lothian Courier: The show stars Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald The show stars Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (Image: Newsquest)In a letter informing residents of the filming, the production team said: “We have some planned exterior filming on both nights. This will involve a car driving down Ware Road and up to Lysander House. For this filming we will have lights in the surrounding fields. These may cause attention as the land surrounding is very flat, so I would think these will be seen from quite a way away.

“Access to Yellowcraig Beach and car park will be kept open at all times to the public, but we have made arrangements with East Lothian Council to park some vehicles in the car park.”

It is not yet known when the series will be available on Netflix.

Other confirmed cast members include Chloe Pirrie (Black Mirror), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones) and Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter franchise).