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Harrogate and District in Film and Television: PtII

16th August 2016

Categories: News

In part one we shared some of our favourite appearances of the Harrogate district and surrounding area in Film and Television, and a few of the lesser known ones two.  In part two we have some of the upcoming features we are most excited about, and few more from the past that have recently come to our attention, or that we missed first time round.

Newby Hall, Ripon – The delightful House and Gardens at Newby near Ripon has been the back-drop for many movies and TV series including: Mansfield Park, Robinson Crusoe and long running favourite Heartbeat.  Most recently Newby Hall was the setting for filming of ITV’s new drama Victoria, starring Rufus Sewell and  Dr Who star - Jenna Coleman.

Castle Howard, nr York - one of Britain’s finest Stately Homes was filmed extensively and will be forever known for the award winning 1980’s ITV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic 'Brideshead Re-visited', so much so that it was also used again for the 2007 film adaptation.

Montpellier Quarter in Harrogate doubled as a Swiss street last year when fight scenes were filmed for upcoming action thriller 'Hunter’s Prayer', starring Sam Worthington.

The secluded and delightful countryside around Plumton Rocks, just out of Harrogate was used in this summer’s adaptation of the ever popular 'Swallows and Amazons', a tail of childhood play, adventure and imagination perfectly suited to such a wonderful landscape.

The final confrontation between good and evil also took place in these lands, with the climactic scenes from 'Omen III, The Final Conflict', starring Sam Neill being filmed at the fantastic and atmospheric ruins of the Cistercian Monastery of Fountains Abbey.

Kettlewell in the valley of Wharfedale, neighbouring Nidderdale, was the setting for the ever popular 'Calendar Girls', with numerous scenes being shot in and around the town and the rough limestone hills providing an iconic backdrop to one of the most popular films of 2003.

England’s grandest and most elegant gothic revival stately home, Allerton Castle was used for an episode of Sherlock Holmes and also as the bleak and soulless house where Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Secret Garden was found.

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