Movies or TV programmes using British and Irish stately homes as filming locations,
screened for the first time in 2012 (in reverse airing date order):
Downton Abbey (TV drama, Series 3, Christmas episode)
Filmed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England &
Inveraray Castle, Scotland. Written by Lord Julian Fellowes.
ITV1, Christmas Day, Tues, 25 Dec, 8.45pm-10.45pm.
The Paradise DVD (10 Dec).
Downton Abbey DVD Series 3 (5 Nov).
Parade’s End DVD (8 Oct).
The Paradise (TV drama series, 8 episodes)
Filmed at Lambton Castle and its neighbour Biddick Hall in
County Durham, England. About the opening of the first department store. BBC1, Tues, 25 Sep to 13 Nov, 9-10pm.
Antiques To The Rescue (TV reality series, 3 episodes)
Presented by John Foster who uncovers valuables to be sold.
1. Borris House, Ireland, 2. The Haining, Scotland, 3. Marston Hall, Lincolnshire. BBC2, Wed, 19, 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 8-9pm.
Parade’s End (TV drama series, 5 episodes)
Filmed at Duncombe Park in North Yorkshire, Dorton House in Kent, and Harpsden Court in Oxfordshire. Set in England 1911-9.
BBC2, Fridays, 24, 31 Aug, 7, 14, 21 Sep, 9-10pm.
The Dark Knight Rises – Batman (Cinema)
Filmed at Wollaton Hall in Nottinghamshire as the exteriors of Wayne Manor, and at Osterley Park in West London as the interiors (see featurette). Released on 20 July in the UK.
Restoration Home (TV reality, Series 2, 6 episodes)
Each episode visits a different type of home, with the only relevant episode being on the Old Manor in Norfolk (episode 2.4 on 8 Aug). BBC2, Wed, 18, 25 July, 1, 8, 15, 22 Aug, 8-9pm.
All In The Best Possible Taste (TV documen, last episode)
Grayson Perry analyses the continuing hold that upper-class taste still has on our imagination, visiting Frampton Court, Chavenage House, Berkeley Castle & the Marquess of Bath of Longleat House
Channel 4, Tues, 19 June, 10-11.05pm (episode 1.3 only).
Country House Rescue (TV reality, Series 4, 6 episodes)
Simon Davis replaces Ruth Watson (1st 3 series), episodes:
1. Colebrooke Park, 2. Chapel Cleeve, 3. Bantry House,
4. Great Fulford, 5. Meldon Park, 6. Craufurdland Castle,
Channel 4, Thur, 14, 21, 28 June, & 5, 12, 19 July, 8-9pm.
Prince Charles – The Royal Restoration (TV documentary)
Presented by Alan Titchmarsh, follows Prince Charles and his team as they try to save Dumfries House, East Ayrshire, Scotland.
ITV1, Tues, 29 May, 9-10pm.
The Guest Wing (TV reality series, 6 episodes)
(retitled Weekend Aristocrats outside UK)
Behind-the-scenes with 4 houses‘ paying guests: Carlton Towers, Chillingham Castle, Maunsel House & Muncaster Castle, press,
Sky Atlantic, Thur 12, 19, 26 Apr & 3, 10, 17 May, 8-9pm.
Great Expectations (DVD – TV drama 3-part series)
The Royal Bodyguard (TV comedy series, 6 episodes)
Staring Sir David Jason and filmed at Basildon Park, Ham House,
Gaddesden Estate (not Place), and Ashridge Estate (not School),
BBC1, Mon 26 Dec, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Jan, 9.00-9.30pm.
Great Expectations (TV drama 3-part series)
Filmed at Holdenby House, Langleybury Manor, Osterley Park, Syon House, Mottisfont Abbey, & on the Luton Hoo estate.
BBC1, Tues 27, Wed 28, & Thur 29 Dec 2011, 9-10pm.
Coming in future months:
- Flog It! TV Series 11 - BBC2, Paul Martin house visiting segments (ongoing).
- Flog It! Trade Secrets TV series – BBC2 15 episodes, incl Ragley Hall (11 Feb – 1 Mar).
- Bargain Hunt TV Series 30 - BBC1, Tim Wonnacott, 32 episodes (Sep to Dec 2012).
- Leaving TV 3-part series – ITV, filmed at unknown country house hotel (10 Sep 2012).
- Quartet cinema – filmed at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire (4 Jan).
- Mr Selfridge TV 10-part drama – ITV1, Gordon Selfridge, may have homes (6 Jan).
- Les Miserables cinema – filmed at Boughton House, Wolvesey & Ashridge (11 Jan).
- Blandings TV 6-part series – BBC1, filmed at Crom Castle & Florence Court (13 Jan).
- Father Brown TV 10-part series – BBC1, partly filmed at Sudeley Castle (14-25 Jan).
- Time Team TV episode 20.4 – Channel 4, on Henham Hall‘s Tudor cellar (20 Jan).
- Great Houses with Julian Fellowes TV 2-eps – ITV, Burghley/Goodwood (22/29 Jan).
- Keeping the Castle TV 60 min documentary – BBC1 NI, on Crom Castle (28 Jan).
- Dancing On The Edge TV 5-part – BBC2, filmed Ragley, Upton, Fenton, Syon (4 Feb).
- Dan Cruickshank’s Written in Stone TV 4-part – BBC1, Coole/Springhill (24Feb-3Mar).
- Secret Knowledge TV 3-part doc – BBC4 on Kimbolton & Bolsover Castles (5-27 Mar).
- Heritage! The Battle for Britain’s Past TV 3-part – BBC4, EH centenary (7-21 Mar).
- Our Queen TV 2-hour documentary – ITV, diamond jubilee, book (8-10pm, 17 Mar).
- Jack the Giant Slayer cinema – filmed at Hampton Court Palace (22 Mar).
- The Village TV 6-part drama - BBC1, at Bowden Hall & Moorfield (31 Mar-5 May).
- Game of Thrones TV 10-part drama Series 3 – Sky Atlantic, Mon 9pm (1 Apr-3 Jun).
- Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History TV 3-part docu- BBC2, by Lucy Worsley, filmed at Belton House and Hatfield House (8 Apr – 22 Apr).
- Da Vinci’s Demons TV BBC 8-part drama, Abbey Cwm Hir & Margam (Fox, 19 Apr).
- Doctor Who TV episode 7b.4 Hide – BBC1, filmed at Tyntesfield & Margam (20 Apr).
- Country House Sunday TV 21-episode reality series – ITV (21 Apr-8 Sep)
episodes: Renishaw Hall, Ragley Hall, Ugbrooke House.
- An Innocent Abroad TV BBC4 drama – about 1940′s life of PG Wodehouse (Spring).
- Country House Rescue – Abroad possible new TV episodes – Channel 4 (2013).
- Cheerful Weather for the Wedding cinema, filmed at unknown country house (2013).
- Diana cinema – covering the last 2 years of Princess Diana‘s life (Aug).
- Britain’s Secret Homes TV 4-part series – ITV, presenters Buerk & Hughes (Summer).
- Songs for Amy cinema – filmed at Lough Cutra Castle in Ireland (2013).
- Of Corset’s Mine cinema – possibly to be filmed at Lough Cutra Castle (2013).
- The Christmas Candle cinema – filmed at Stanway House (Christmas 2013).