The time-honoured tropes of the US cop drama are brought by Edgar Wright to the sleepy West Country village of ‘Sandford’ – an all-purpose fictitious place name used in police training exercises. This is no village at all, but Wells in Somerset, the smallest city in England, with its instantly recognisable Cathedral removed digitally from the skyline. It also happens to be the director’s hometown – and he gleefully turns Somerfield Supermarket in the High Street, where he once worked, into the business of arch-villain Timothy Dalton. Stay, like London cop Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) at the Swan Hotel, and enjoy a pint at the nearby Crown at Wells, a 15th century coaching inn on the south side of Market Square, which became the local pub where the cops meet after work. Wells stands at the southern end of the Mendip Hills, on the A39 about 18 miles southwest of Bath.
• Wells, Somerset