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Mercy Street to film second season in Virginia

American Civil War drama Mercy Street is to return to Virginia this year to film a second season.

Inspired by real events, the drama follows two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the 1860s conflict at a makeshift hospital at Mansion House in Alexandria, Virginia. The series looks at how medicine became more advanced as a result of the Civil War, and how the role of women in American society changed.

“We are grateful to the Commonwealth of Virginia for so warmly embracing Mercy Street," said Beth Hoppe of PBS. "The period locations and Virginia’s exceptional crew and actors are all integral to the series’ success, and we are absolutely thrilled to be returning to film a second season." 

“Our industry is thrilled to welcome Mercy Street back for another season,” added Andy Edmunds, director of the Virginia Film Office. “It is a testament to the commitment for authenticity from the producers, and the superb support from our crew, talent and government partners."
Virginia’s film industry had a local economic impact of nearly $415m in 2014, according to figures from the governor’s office.  

The state is not among the biggest production hubs in the US, but it’s popular for projects set during the Civil War. Virginia played a central role in the conflict and more battles were fought there than anywhere else between 1861 and 1865.

For more on filming in Virginia see our production guide.

Image: Antony Platt/AMC