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Film and TV locations

From romantic and classic period dramas, ghostly mysteries and TV documentaries to famous detective films, action filled adventures and wonderful children's movies, The West Country has been for many years, one of the most sought after regions in the country for film locations. A visit to the region will allow you to see for yourself the wide variety of settings used in many of your favourite movies and television dramas. 

From castles to manor houses, the moors to seascapes, city streets to 'olde worlde' villages, many of the locations will be remembered from the cinema and small screen. From the past to the present day, you will be surprised how many of the locations you recognise.

Land Girls

Detective and Mystery Movies
The Ghost Train 1941 Liskeard Station, Cornwall, & Dawlish Warren & Teignmouth in Devon
Arthur Askey humour at a haunted station when passengers get stranded.
Dracula 1979 Tintagel, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall
Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasence in a Stylish version of the Bram Stoker story
The Return of Sherlock Holmes   Lizard Peninsula - Kynance Cove, Mounts Bay, Lanyon Quoit, Cadgwith, W. Penwith Moors, Boskednan - Nine Maidens standing stones in Cornwall
The Devil's Foot 1986  
Acclaimed and stylish version created closely and accurately after the style of the original stories 
Miss Marple in:
Sleeping Murder 1986 Otterton, Sidmouth, Lympstone, Starcross
Nemesis 1986 Paignton, Budleigh Salterton
The Mirror Crack'd 1992 Torbay & Dartmouth Railway, Burgh Island, Devon, Bishops Lydeard Station & W Somerset Railway
Poirot in:     
Peril At End House 1992 Salcombe, Devon
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1999 Castle Combe, Wiltshire
Mrs Bradley Mysteries:    
The Worsted Viper 1999 Clovelly in Devon and Trevose Head in Cornwall
Diana Rigg in a Lavish murder-mystery stories set in the 1920's
The Thirty-Nine Steps 1978 Portland, Dorset
Robert Powell in the remake of the John Buchan novel.
The Wyvern Mystery 1999 Northleach and Stanway House in Gloucestershire
Derek Jacobi in the period C19th thriller/love story, full of suspense and intrigue.
Sleuth 1972 Athelhampton House, Dorset
Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine as a successful thriller writer invents a murder plot which rebounds on himself.
The Classics and Period Dramas
The House of Eliott
1991-94 Bristol; Bath; Pittville Pump Room and Little  Promenade in Cheltenham, Stroud, Painswick House in Glos. Minehead Station and seafront in Somerset
Chronicled the rise of a London fashion house in early 1920s.
Persuasion 1994 Bath, and Lyme Regis in Dorset
Based on Jane Austen's novel set in England in 1814. 
Berkeley Square 1997 Bristol - Vyvyan Terrace, Clifton; Stanway House, Chavenage, Gloucester City in Glos, & Priddy in Somerset
Costume drama series about three nannies in Edwardian England.
Twelfth Night 1995 Lanhydrock, Cotehele, Mt Edgcumbe, Prideaux Place, St Michael's Mount, Trebarwith Strand all in Cornwall
Helena Bonham-Carter, Imogen Stubbs and Nigel Hawthorne in a lively version of Shakespeare's play
Moll Flanders 1996 Charlestown Harbour, River Fal, Turnaware Point in Cornwall & The George Inn, Norton St Philip in Somerset, and Lacock in Wilts
A C17th tale of incest, adultery, bigamy and theft.
Amy Foster 1996 Bodmin, Port Quin, Pentire Head, Crackington Haven, Port Isaac, Charlestown, St Breward, Michaelstow, Pencarrow Head, Blisland, Cornwall
Based on a Joseph Conrad short story, the film tells the tale of a Russian shipwrecked near an isolated Cornish village in the C19th.
Mansfield Park 1998 Charlestown, Cornwall and Lulworth Cove in Dorset

The Remains of the Day 1993 Powderham Castle, Devon, Weston-Super-Mare, Dyrham Park in Somerset, and Corsham Court in Devon, and Bath 
Anthony Hopkins as a butler comes to realise that his loyalty and respect for his employers has been misplaced.
Sense & Sensibility 1995 Saltram House, Flete Estate, Berry Pomeroy, Compton Castle in Devon and Montacute House in Somerset and Trafalgar House, Mompesson House and Cathedral Close, Salisbury in Wilts
Version of Jane Austen's story of two sisters trying to find husbands despite the fact that the family lose their money and home and have to move into a smaller cottage.
Rebecca 1996 Charlestown, Cornwall & Mothecombe in Devon
Charles Dance, Diana Rigg, Faye Dunaway star in a Daphne Du Maurier story - Diana Rigg won a Best Supporting Actress award
Tess of the D'Urbevilles 1997 Kilmington, nr Axminster, Wonham Barton, nr Bampton in Devon; Minterne Magna, Swanage Pier and town, Chettle, Burton Bradstock and Cerne Abbey in Dorset and Brushford and Northmoor House near Dulverton in Somerset
Far From the Madding Crowd 1967 Purbeck, Abbotsbury, Horton Tower, Maiden Castle, Dorset, and Devizes in Wilts
Thomas Hardy novel about a headstrong girl who causes unhappiness and tragedy.
The French Lieutenant's Woman 1981 Lyme Regis, Dorset and Kingswear, Dart Valley Railway and Torbay in Devon
A gentleman forsakes his fiancee for the abandoned mistress of a French seaman in 1867 intertwined with the modern story of the actors playing the Victorian roles.
Restoration 1994 Mapperton House and Forde Abbey in Dorset, and Brympton d'Evercy in Somerset
Costume drama set in 1660's about a young doctor who falls out of favour with Charles II.
Emma 1995 Locations around Sherborne and Dorchester: Mapperton House, Almshouses at Evershot in Dorset, and East Coker Church in Somerset
Jane Austen's story of matchmaking that goes awry.
The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling   Golden Cap, Mapperton, Powerstock, Dorset
The adventures of a foundling in C18th England who is brought up by the Squire and eventually marries his daughter.
Martin Chuzzlewit 1994 Sudeley Castle, Gloucester Docks, Gloucestershire
Charles Dickens' novel of Victorian London.
Our Mutual Friend 1997 Upper & Lower Slaughter, Eastleach in Glos.
Anna Friel, Timothy Spall and Pam Ferris star
Vanity Fair 1998 Cheltenham, Gloucester Docks, Miserden in Gloucestershire
The story of Becky Sharp - determined to scale the heights of society at any cost
Elizabeth 1999 Stogursey Church & Montacute House, Somerset, and Athelhampton in Dorset
Drama-documentary about the life and reign of Elizabeth I
Wives & Daughters 1999 Marshfield, Glos; Great Chalfield Manor and Corsham Court in Wilts, and Charlestown in Cornwall
Period drama about middle-English society on the eve of the Industrial Revolution
Pandaemonium 2000 Stolford, Hestercombe Gardens, Nether Stowey, Holnicote Estate, Wookey Hole, Quantocks and other locations around West Somerset, and Charlestown in Cornwall
The story of the relationship between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.
Pride & Prejudice 1995 Luckington Court, Lacock, Wiltshire
Lavish adaptation of the Jane Austen novel about the Bennett sisters.
Cider with Rosie 1998 Stroud area, Sapperton and Clevedon Pier and Cheltenham Film Studios, Gloucestershire, and Avening in Somerset
Laurie Lee's classic story about growing up in a rural village after WWI
Maurice 1987 Gloucester Docks, Gloucestershire
The life of Cambridge homosexual - from a semi-autobiographical novel of E M Forster
Heavy Weather 1995 Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Peter O'Toole and Richard Briers in this P G Woodhouse story
Separate Tables 1958 (Hotel Miramar) Bournemouth, Dorset
Film version of the Rattigan play about the emotional tension between boarders in an English seaside hotel.
A Respectable Trade 1997 Bath, Charlestown in Cornwall and Corsham Court in Wilts
Period drama set in Bristol about love, greed and ambition set against the slave trade in 1788.
Just Visiting 2001 Berkerley Castle in Gloucestershire.
Remake of French film 'Les Visiteurs'. The inner courtyard, redressed in complete mediaeval style. Outer courtyard – with specially built “extension” to main Castle frontage
The Other Boleyn Girl 2002 Berkerley Castle in Gloucestershire.
Dead Famous 2003 Berkerley Castle Deer Park in Wiltshire.
Richard I episode filmed in the Deer Park and the Mary Queen of Scots episode
Henry VIII 2003 Berkerley Castle in Gloucestershire.
Period drama filmed in the Inner courtyard, Castle Meadow, Great Hall, Long Drawing Room and Grand Staircase
Childrens' TV and Movies & Animal Films
Dr Dolittle 1967 Bath, and Castle Coombe, Wilts 
Musical about a vet who talks to his patients and travels to the South Seas in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.
Animal Magic 1962-84 Bristol Zoo
Legendary wildlife programme for young viewers - Bristol has always been specialist centre for wildlife production. 
Animal Ark 1997 Bristol - Stoke Hospital, and Gloucester City, Frampton-on-Severn, Glos
Aquila 1997 Redcliffe Caves, Bristol; Mendips, Charterhouse, Black Rock Nature Reserve, Cheddar Gorge and Berrow Beach in Somerset
Children's drama series about two boys who discover a time-travelling space ship.
When the Whales Came 1989 Isles of Scilly - Bryher & Samson
Set in 1914, a recluse and a boy persuade fisherman on the Isles of Scilly to rescue a beached whale, an act which brings them luck.
The Witches 1990 Headland Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall
Intended as children's entertainment, but just as much fun for adults. Roald Dahl story about a boy who has been turned into a mouse and who plots with his gran to thwart witches' plans to poison all the children in Britain.
International Velvet 1978 Holbeton, Mildmay Colours Inn (Holbeton), Mothecombe in South Devon
Story of a hostile orphan who becomes an international horsewoman.
Gulliver's Travels 1995 Shaftesbury, Bridport, Golden Cap, Dorset
Ted Danson and Peter O'Toole star in the classic children's tale
The Phoenix & the Carpet 1997 Studland area, Warmwell Quay, Dorset
Neil Morrissey stars in Nesbitt's children's tale.
The Famous Five 1995 & 1996 Rowberrow Forest, Cheddar Showcaves, and Dunster Castle in Somerset; Bristol; Bath, and Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire.
Chicken Run 2000 Aardman Animation studios in Bristol
P.O.W. escape-movie - but with chickens!
The Three Musketeers 1993 Charlestown, Pentire Head, Rumps, Pelyn, Lostwithiel all in Cornwall
Re-make of the Alexandre Dumas story
Television Drama and Comedy
Shoestring 1979-80 Bristol
Gumshoe Eddie Shoestring takes on cases arising out of Radio West telephone calls.
Casualty 1986 Bristol and environs
Ever popular hospital drama series
Hornblower 1998 Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon
Naval costume drama about life afloat during Nelson's day.
Down to Earth 2000 Countryside around Exeter, Devon
A family swaps the rat race for life on a Devon farm.
Harbour Lights 1998 & 1999 Bridport and surrounding area in Dorset, and Beer, Quarry Caves in Devon
Ups and downs of a harbourmaster.
Hannay 1988-89 Gloucester Docks, Gloucester City
Adventures of John Buchan's officer-adventurer, Richard Hannay.
Butterflies 1978-83 Cheltenham suburbs, Gloucestershire
A woman reached a stage in her life when time seems to be passing her by and leaving her behind.
The Monocled Mutineer 1986 Somerton, Somerset
Adventures of Private Percy Topliss, a dashing rogue, who led a British army mutiny on the eve of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 based on a true story.
Randall & Hopkirk 1999 Lacock, Wiltshire
Remake of cult sixties serial
The Bill 1999 'Tinder Box'
Princetown/Two Bridges area, Bone Hill near Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Dartmoor, Devon
Wycliffe 1994-1998 All over Cornwall including Carn Galver, Reskajeage Downs, Hemmick Beach, Cape Cornwall, Pentire, Godrevy, Rinsey, Wheal Charlotte, Truro, Perranport, Wadebridge, Newquay, Porthtowan, Portreath, Trelissick, Church Cove in Cornwall, and Plymouth in Devon.
Cornish based detective Series based on novels By W J Burley
Pennies from Heaven 1978 Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Travels and off-beat adventures of a song-sheet pedlar in the 1930's
The Singing Detective 1986 Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Mingling of fantasy and reality as bed-bound Philip Marlow fantasizes about his fictional detective character, his own childhood and the hospital ward around him.
Only Fools and Horses


Locations all around Bristol
Mingling of fantasy and reality as bed-bound Philip Marlow fantasizes about his fictional detective character, his own childhood and the hospital ward around him.
A Hard Day's Night 1964 The West Somerset Railway, Crowcombe Heathfield Station in Somerset

The harassed Beatles embark from Liverpool by train for a London TV show.

How to be a Prince 2003 Berkerley Castle in Gloucestershire.
BBC documentary screened in Summer 2003 in the Morning Room, King Edwards’ Cell. Inner Courtyard. BBC History.

Heros and Adventurers
Scott of the Antarctic 1948 Falmouth Docks, Cornwall
Story of ill-fated 1912 expedition to the South Pole.
Knights of the Round Table 1953 Tintagel, Cornwall, and Haytor in Devon
King Arthur's legend Hollywood-style!
The Eagle has Landed 1976 Charlestown, RAF St Mawgan, Newquay Cornwall
WWII drama about enemy spies infiltrating an English village with the intention of assassinating Churchill.
In Which we Serve 1942 Plymouth, Devon and Portland in Dorset
Splendid British war film about survivors from a torpedoed destroyer who recall their life at sea and on leave.
Force Ten from Navarone 1978 Plymouth Docks, Devon
Group of commandos are detailed to blow up a vital bridge during WWII.
The Dam Busters 1954 Weymouth & The Fleet, Dorset
Story of the destruction of the Ruhr dams in 1943 by Dr Barnes Wallis' bouncing bombs.
The Onedin Line 1972-80 Bayard's Cove, Dartmouth, Exeter Quay, Kingswear, Dart Estuary, Devon; Mousehole and Charlestown in Cornwall and Gloucester Docks and Cheltenham in Glos.
Series about a young man's rise to wealth and power through the establishing of his own shipping line in the late C19th.
Truly, Madly, Deeply 1990 (Goldney Hall) Bristol University
A woman grieving for her husband is visited by his ghost and eventually comes to terms with her loss.
Love Story
aka A Lady Surrenders
1944 Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall
A half-blind airman falls for a pianist with a weak heart - set in Cornwall during WWII.
Poldark 1975-77 Perranporth, Coast towards Pendeen & Levant, Locations nr St Just, Trevellas Coombe, Prussia Cove, Mounts Bay, Towednack Church, Godolphin, Mousehole, Keigwin Arms, Charlestown, Port Quin, Porthcurno Beach, Lands End, many locations in second series in East Cornwall around Lostwithiel, Porthluney Cove by Veryan Bay, St Mawes Castle, St Winnow's Church, St Agnes, Doyden Point, Lanhydrock, Trerice Manor, Port Holland, Portloe, Luxulyan, St Enedoc's Church all in Cornwall
Based on Winston Grahams Four Poldark novels, this C18th Cornish Romantic drama followed the life of Ross Poldark
Blue Juice 1995 Newquay, St Ives, Mousehole, Chapel Port, Godrevy in Cornwall
Charming and offbeat story about surfers gathering in Cornwall for one last fling before succumbing to life's responsibilities.
The Camomile Lawn 1991 Veryan & Portloe Harbour, Cornwall
Mary Wesley story
The Shell Seekers 1989 Lands End (State House Hotel), St Ives, Lamorna Cove, Porthgwarra, Marazion, Cornwall
Rosamunde Pilcher story
Oscar & Lucinda 1996 Boscastle, Crackington Haven, Port Isaac, Bossiney
Story of ostracised gamblers in C19th Australia who become star-cross'd lovers.
Coming Home 1997 Prideaux Place, Lelant, Godrevy Point, Penzance, Porthgwarra Beach, Marazion, Cornwall
Rosamunde Pilcher Story
Frenchman's Creek 1998 Charlestown, Helston, Padstow, St Clements, in Cornwall
Daphne du Maurier story
Isadora 1968 Oldway Mansion, Paignton, Devon
The eccentric 1920's dancer Isadora Duncan reflects on her unconventional life.
The Scarlet Tunic 1996 Chideock, Seatown and Bridport in Dorset
Based on a Thomas Hardy short story, the tale of a farmer's daughter who falls for a German cavalry office planning to desert from his regiment.
Land Girls 1997 Dulverton, Bossington Beach, The West Somerset Railway, Crowcombe Heathfield Station in Somerset, Pixton Stables and Bampton in Devon
Story of three girls who worked on farms in Dorset during WWII
Thriller and Fun
Straw Dogs 1971 St Buryan & Lamorna Cove, Cornwall
In a Cornish village a mild American university researcher erupts into violence when taunted by villagers.
Saving Grace 2000 Port Isaac, St Endellion, Boscastle,Trebarwith St Tudy in Cornwall
A widow tries to clear her debts by cultivating marijuana plants.
Water 1985 Hartland Point and Abbey in Devon
Chaos on a Caribbean Island (supposedly!) when industrialists check for mineral springs.
Hung, Drawn and Quartered 2004 Berkerley Castle in Gloucestershire.
Five episodes on historic cookery. featuring mediaeval cookery and based on records from the Castle

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