Great DixterMovies 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).
- Flog It! TV Series 12 – BBC2, Paul Martin house visiting segs incl Kelmarsh (2013).
- 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).
- 2003 –
- Quartet cinema – filmed at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire (1 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).
- Four in a Bed TV reality ep 4.19 – Channel 4, including The Salutation for sale (31 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).
- Timeshift TV episode 12.10 “How To Be A Lady: An Elegant History” – BBC (26 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 include Renishaw Hall, Ragley Hall & Ugbrooke House.
- Downton Abbey ITV Series 4 – 8 episodes & Christmas Day special (22 Sep-10 Nov).
- Inside the National Trust TV ITV – 20 episodes filmed at 6 NT properties (6 Oct-Feb).
- The Counsellor cinema – partly filmed at Waddesdon & West Wycombe (15 Nov).
- Restoring England’s Heritage TV 11 eps – BBC1, f/up Restoration, Broomfield (5 Dec).
- Ruth Watson Means Business! TV eps 1.5 – Channel 4, Fawsley Hall then sold (6 Dec).
- Ruth Watson Means Business! TV eps 1.9 – C4, Painswick Rococo Gardens (12 Dec).
- The Christmas Candle cinema – filmed at Stanway House & Ashmolean Bway (13 Dec).
- Downton Abbey ITV Ep 4.9 – filmed at Basildon Park (Grantham House interiors), Bridgewater House (exteriors) & Lancaster House (Buck Palace interiors) (25 Dec).
- Death Comes to Pemberley TV 3 episodes – BBC1, filmed at Chatsworth House, Castle Howard, Harewood House & Fountains Hall (26-8 Dec).
- The Thirteenth Tale TV movie – BBC2, filmed at Burton Agnes Hall, Duncombe Park, Wentworth Woodhouse, Broughton Hall, Brodsworth, Thornton Watless/Hall (30 Dec).
- An Innocent Abroad TV BBC4 drama – about 1940’s life of PG Wodehouse (Spring).
- Cheerful Weather for the Wedding cinema, filmed at unknown country house (2013).
- Diana cinema – covering the last 2 years of Princess Diana‘s life (20 Sep).
- 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).
- Reign TV series – filmed at Charleville Forest Castle (2013).
- Agatha Christie: Poirot ITV – episode 13.4 Dead Man’s Folly, filmed Greenway (2013).
- 2014 –
- Great British Garden Revival TV series – BBC2, Kelmarsh ‘Cut Flowers’ (6 Jan 2014).
- The Bletchley Circle ITV series 2 – filmed at Bletchley Park (6 Jan 2014).
- Death Comes to Pemberley DVD 3 episodes – BBC1, filmed at Chatsworth House, Castle Howard, Harewood House & Fountains Hall (10 Feb 2014).
- Blandings TV Series 2 – BBC1 7 eps, Crom Castle & Florence Court (16 Feb–30 Mar).
- British Gardens in Time TV series – BBC4, 4 eps: Great Dixter, Stowe, Biddulph Grange, Nymans, narrated by Paul Copley (8-29Apr).
- The Honourable Woman TV series – BBC2 8 eps, Strawberry Hill (3Jul-21Aug).
- Our Zoo TV 6-part BBC1 series – filmed at Walton Hall & Abney Hall (3 Sep-8 Oct).
- Downton Abbey ITV Series 4 – 8 episodes & Christmas Day special (21 Sep-9 Nov).
- Blenheim Palace: Great War House TV – one-off ITV docu by Julian Fellowes (2 Oct).
- Dracula Untold cinema – filmed in Mount Stewart gardens (3 Oct).
- Great Estates Scotland DVD – 4th episode on Inveraray Castle on PBS (5 Oct).
Note: 2013 episodes were on Dumfries House & Kincardine Castle.
- Effie Gray cinema – filmed at West Wycombe House & Osterley Park (10 Oct).
- The Great Fire ITV 4-part mini-series – filmed at Penshurst Place (16 Oct – 6 Nov).
- Dan Cruickshank and the Family That Built Gothic Britain BBC4 on Scott (21 Oct).
- You Can’t Get The Staff TV – C4, incl Chillingham & Provender (21 Oct – 18 Nov).
- Life is Toff BBC3 6-ep series – on Fulford family of Great Fulford (28 Oct – 2 Dec).
- Mr. Turner cinema – filmed at Petworth House & Wentworth Woodhouse (31 Oct).
- The Imitation Game cinema – filmed at Bletchley Park & Joyce Grove, trailer (14 Nov).
- Paddington cinema – partly filmed at Hatfield House (28 Nov 2014).
- Downton Abbey ITV Ep 5.9 – filmed at Alnwick Castle (25 Dec 2014).
- 2015 –
- Britain’s Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court, BBC2, Lucy Worsley (10 Jan).
- The Real Housewives of Cheshire, ITV Be, Mottram Hall, Peckforton (12Jan-16Mar).
- Wolf Hall TV 6-part BBC2 mini series – filmed at multiple houses (21Jan-25Feb 2015).
- Poldark TV BBC1 8-eps – filmed at Chavenage House & Prior Park (8Mar-26Apr 2015).
- Cinderella cinema – partly filmed at Blenheim Palace & Cliveden House (27 Mar 2015).
- A Little Chaos cinema – at Ham, Blenheim, Cliveden, Waddesdon, Hampton (17 Apr).
- Far from the Madding Crowd cinema – filmed at Claydon, Mapperton, Forde (1 May).
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell BBC1 TV 7-eps – filmed at Wentworth Woodhouse, Temple Newsam, Oakwell Hall, Newburgh Priory (17 May-28 Jun).
- The Syndicate Season 3 BBC1 – filmed at Bramham Park & Swinton Park (2Jun-7Jul).
- Mr Holmes cinema – filmed at Hatfield House (19 Jun 2015).
- The Scandalous Lady W BBC2 TV movie – filmed at Clandon Park, Chiswick House, Ham House (17 Aug).
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover BBC1 TV movie – filmed (6 Sep 2015).
- An Inspector Calls BBC1 TV movie – filmed at Scampston Hall (13 Sep).
- The Go-Between BBC1 TV movie – filmed (20 Sep 2015).
- The Secret History of the British Garden BBC2 – by Monty Don 4eps (15Nov-6Dec).
- 2016 –
- Tarzan cinema – partly filmed at Kedleston Hall (Jul 2016).
- Capability Brown garden plans for Belvoir Castle implemented – C4, 3 eps (2016).