Norfolk on the Big Screen
Cameron Self of Literary Norfolk tells us where we can follow in the footsteps of the stars…
Holkham: Holkham Hall is arguably Norfolk's most significant film location. The 18th century Palladian house has been used for The Duchess (starring Keira Knightley), All The King's Men, The Barbarian Princess, Dean Spanley, Glorious 39 and The Lost Prince. Holkham beach was used to stunning effect in the 1999 Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love.
Swaffham: Doubled as the fictional town of Market Shipborough in ITV's Kingdom. The series starred Stephen Fry as county solicitor Peter Kingdom. Oakleigh House was used as his office - while the Greyhound Pub was transformed into The Startled Duck. Peter Kingdom was often seen driving his Alvis TE21 around the town's famous buttercross.
Burnham Deepdale: Farmland in the village was transformed into a North Korean paddy field in Die Another Day, with Pierce Brosnan starring as 007.
Dereham: Nearby Bintree Mill featured in a TV adpatation of The Mill On The Floss.
Heydon: This charming, cul-de-sac village has long been a Mecca for film makers. Heydon Hall has featured in The Grotesque with Alan Bates and Sting (1977), A Cock and Bull Story and The Moonstone. The picturesque village green featured in Joseph Losey's The Go-Between and in Monty Python's village idiot sketch. Heydon also provided the main location for Anglia TV's Backs to the Land and Weaver's Green, and featured in TV's Up Rising.
Little Walsingham: Glorious 39 - directed by Stephen Poliakoff - made use of Little Walsingham Abbey and Little Walsingham House. The film was a wartime thriller starring Julie Christie and Romola Garai.
Norwich: Elm Hill was an important location in the fantasy adventure Stardust, starring Clare Danes. With the addition of a thatched awning, The Briton's Arms coffee shop was transformed into 'The Slaughtered Prince'. Elm Hill has also appeared in Monty Python's And Now For Something Completely Different and in one episode of Lovejoy. Norwich has also featured in the TV series Kavanagh QC with John Thaw. And, of course, how could we not mention the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa.
Norwich Cathedral: The interior of the cathedral was turned into a medieval castle in the fairytale adventure Jack the Giant Slayer. Directed by Bryan Singer, it starred Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane and Bill Nighy. The cathedral has also appeared in My Talks With Dean Spanley, starring Peter O'Toole, and in The Go-Between (when Leo Colston comes to Norwich with Marian Maudesley to buy new clothes). In 2014 filming took place on the drama Tulip Fever, a 17th century romance, starring Christoph Waltz, known for Django Unchained, Holliday Grainger British fashion model Cara Delevingne.King's Lynn: In Revolution (starring Al Pacino) King's Street was transformed into 18th Century New York. Directed by Hugh Hudson, the 1985 film proved to be a massive flop. TV programmes Martin Chuzzlewit and David Copperfield, with Bob Hoskins and Nicholas Lyndhurst, were also filmed in the town. Nearby Castle Risingwas used in 1985's Out of Africa, with Robert Redford.
Sandringham: Featured in All the King's Men, with David Jason and Maggie Smith, as did Blickling, Cromer, West Newton, Sheringham, Burnham Deepdale and Holkham.
Weybourne: Weybourne station on the North Norfolk Railway has been a popular film/TV location for many years. It is perhaps best known as Walmington-on-Sea in the classic Dad's Army episode The Royal Train. It also featured as Arcady in the TV series Love on a Branch Line (as did Sheringham) and in Stephen Poliakoff's The Lost Prince.
Thetford: Most of the external scenes from Dad's Army were filmed in and around Thetford. Thetford Guildhall was used as Walmington-on-Sea Town Hall and the series frequently used Nether Row, Newtown and Old Bury Road. During the making of the episodes, the cast and crew used to stay at the The Bell Hotel and The Anchor Hotel (now demolished). Nearby Stanford Battle Area (STANTA) was used extensively for the action sequences. Lynford Hall, near Mundford in Thetford Forest featured in 'Allo, 'Allo. Elveden Hall was used in 1997's Gulliver's Travels with Ted Danson and Stanley Kubrick's All Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
Honourable mentions also for Thornham (TV's Great Expectations), Barningham Hall near Holt and Rainthorpe Hall near Flordon (TV's Vanity Fair), Melton Constable (The Go Between) and Oxburgh Hall near Oxborough (TV's Love On A Branch Line).
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