When Calls the Heart series shooting in B.C.

When Calls The Heart

When Calls the Heart, a Believe Pictures/WCTH production featuring the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is shooting in British Columbia through December.

The series is based on Canadian writer Janette Oke’s best-selling book series about female heroines who settled western Canada in the early 1900s.

When Calls the Heart is shooting entirely in British Columbia and features a cast that includes Steve Bacic (Republic of Doyle), Martin Cummins (Eureka), Chelah Horsdal (Hell on Wheels), and Lori Loughlin (Full House).

The show follows a young woman played by Erin Krakow (Army Wives), who is uprooted from her high society life in the 19th century and into a classroom on the prairies where she encounter restless students, a harsh Canadian winter and the town’s new constable, played by Australian actor Daniel Lissing (Last Resort).

“I’m so blessed that my book series has won over many hearts around the world. It is incredibly exciting to see my novels come to life through this new TV series, and I can’t wait to share the TV version of our rich Canadian history with a new viewing audience”,  Oke said in a statement.

Lissing said in his own statement that he prepared for his role as an RCMP constable by doing online research and taking horse riding lessons to make his character believable, adding, “There’s a lot to admire in terms of their dedication and bravery. The RCMP have always dealt with tough circumstances… I admire that.”

The show is produced by Canadians Vicki Sotheran and Greg Malcolm and executive produced by Michael Shepard. Ken Craw, Vanessa Parise and Brian Bird are the writers. Anne Wheeler and Emmy-nominee Neill Fearnley and Michael Landon Jr. will be directing.

The series already has distribution broadcast deals in France, Italy, Spain and the Hallmark Channel in the U.S. for the 12 one-hour episodes of season one.