Mercy Street, PBS drama filmed in Richmond and Petersburg, premieres Sunday

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — On Thursday, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Mercy Street, the PBS Civil War-era drama was filmed in Petersburg and Richmond, will premiere on January 17.

The premiere is set for 10:00 p.m. on PBS stations nationwide, immediately following Downton Abbey on Masterpiece.

Mercy Street was filmed in Petersburg and Richmond, and is set in Alexandria. The series features Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety and Norbert Leo Butz, among other stars.

“Our partnership with PBS on Mercy Street is not only a win for the film industry in Virginia, but also for tourism,” said Governor McAuliffe.

Based on real events, the series follows two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War. Mary Phinney is a staunch New England abolitionist, while Emma Green is a willful and young Confederate belle. The women’s roles broaden as the boundaries of medicine are explored and expanded.

“It is an extraordinary win for Virginia to host Mercy Street,” said Andy Edmunds, Director of the Virginia Film Office. “A television series is a gift that can provide exceptional opportunities for the Commonwealth for years to come.”

The economic impact of Virginia’s film industry is $413.6 million, and it provides $59.4 million in state and local tax revenue for the Commonwealth, as well as, 3438 full time jobs.

Click here for more information on Mercy Street and here for more information about the Virginia Film Office.

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