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Harrogate and District In Film and Television : Pt1

11th July 2016

Categories: News

The rich diversity of the Yorkshire countryside, with its castles, grand houses and hotels has provided the setting for numerous TV and Film productions for many years, from Soap Operas to Oscar Winning Hollywood Movies.

With a major new TV series and Hollywood film both coming this year that feature locations from our district we look back at some of the famous locations on our doorstep.

Next time you are out about around the Harrogate district and you think something seems familiar, you’re probably right…

The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate – This luxurious Hotel achieved Worldwide fame being the bolthole used by Agatha Christie when she mysteriously disappeared from the world’s gaze in 1926, and it was the setting for the 1978 film ‘Agatha’ starring Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave, which re-tells the story of her 11 days in hiding.

More recently the Michelin starred Yorke Arms featured in an episode of the BBC’s comedy docu-drama The Trip starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, that saw Coogan roaming the beautiful wetlands at the top of Gouthwaite reservoir in search of a phone signal (not necessary any more with Nidderdale boasting excellent 3G & 4G).

The Crescent Gardens in Harrogate was used in the Oscar winning historical drama, Chariots of Fire, the tale of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell’s successes at the Paris Olympics of 1924

Brimham Rocks – The extraordinary and iconic rock formations of the Nidderdale AONB have been featured in countless films and programs, Barbara Taylor Bradford’s ‘A Woman of Substance’ starring Jenny Seagrove, popular childrens TV series Roger and the Rottentrolls and the music video for “You Win Again” by the Bee Gees.

Further afield the village of Esholt was used for many years as the setting for Emmerdale Farm, while the show is now filmed at a purpose built set near Leeds, but visitors to Esholt can still visit the Woolpack and walk to streets where all the drama unfolded.  Iconic scenes from the opening credits feature several prominent parts of the Nidderdale AONB, including the low flying shot over the waters of Gouthwaite Reservoir.

Goldborough Hall – This Jacobean Stately home on the outskirts of Knaresborough was used as the Country seat of Conservative MP Alan B’stard, portrayed by the late Rik Mayall, in the satirical comedy The New Statesman.

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