THIRTEEN Passport has been invaded…by British drama! Explore our interactive map of Great Britain to see where your favorite British dramas on PBS were filmed.
Don’t forget, you can catch up on the latest seasons of British Dramas and more with THIRTEEN Passport, and check back soon to see the season premieres of Mr. Selfridge, Grantchester and Call the Midwife.
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THIRTEEN Passport has been invaded…by British drama! Explore this list to see where your favorite British dramas on PBS were filmed. Don’t forget, you can catch up on the latest seasons of British Dramas and more with THIRTEEN Passport, and check back soon to see the season premieres of Mr. Selfridge, Grantchester and Call the Midwife.
Fictional location: London
Actual filming location: London
“The production had its challenges just in terms of the scale of it and the amount of places we have to film and the traveling,” said producer Philippa Braithwaite.
Arthur & George was filmed in various locations, including Trafalgar Square in London, the Black Country Living Museum and Blists Hill Victorian Town. But it was most challenging to get scenes in the crowded central London. According to director Stuart Orme, they went to Trafalgar Square every Sunday at 7 am and had to be done by 9:30 am. They really had to hustle.
Fictional location: Coast of Northern France
Actual filming location: Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
The Crimson Field, a drama about medics and patients at a hospital in France during World War I, is based on a fishing village called Etaples in northern France. However, the show was actually filmed in Charlton Park, a grand country estate near Malmesbury, Wiltshire. For 15 weeks, the crew, with the help of farm manager Robin Aird, built makeshift roads, tents and wooden huts for the hospital, operating theatre, sleeping accommodation, offices and laundry.
Fictional location: Pemberley
Actual filming location: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
In its 500-year history, Chatsworth has been home to some notable inhabitants, among them the 5th Duke of Devonshire, his wife, Lady Georgiana Spencer, and Lady Elizabeth Foster, who lived together in a ménage à trois. King Edward VII enjoyed shooting parties on the estate and was often entertained by Duchess Louisa, one of Britain’s foremost political hostesses. Duchess Louisa’s daughter-in-law, American Consuelo Yznaga del Valle, introduced American heiresses into the British aristocracy; many of these young women married British noblemen. Billy Cavendish, heir of the 10th Duke of Devonshire, wooed and wed Kathleen Kennedy, the sister of future U.S. president John F Kennedy. The marriage was short-lived, however: Billy died in action in World War II four months after they exchanged vows. Four years later, Kathleen died in a plane crash. She was buried at Chatsworth. (Source: Secrets of Chatsworth)
Fictional location: Poplar, East London
Actual filming location:Chatham Historic Dockyard
While the Nonnatus House scenes are filmed in Surrey, most of the exterior scenes are filmed at Chatham Historical Dockyard in Kent to represent Poplar, the fictional impoverished part of East End in London. Watch this clip to learn what it was like for the actors and actresses to ride bicycles along the cobbled streets of the set.
Fictional location: North Yorkshire
Actual filming location: Highclere Castle, Hampshire and Bampton, Oxfordshire
Highclere Castle is famously known as the location backdrop to Downton Abbey, but it also has its own extraordinary tales to tell. For centuries it has been the real-life home of the aristocratic Carnarvon family, and has entertained Kings and Queens of England along with a host of nobilities and celebrities. An ancestor of the modern-day Lord and Lady Carnarvon bankrolled the expeditions that discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen, which explains one of this stately home’s astonishing secrets. Hidden within secret compartments in its wall are centuries-old Egyptian relics, while in the basement are replicas of the contents of the tomb itself: a slice of Egyptian history transported to the depths of the English countryside. (Source: Secrets of Highclere Castle)
Fictional location: Oxford
Actual filming location: University of Oxford
If you start from the Radcliffe Camera and walk all the way around, you’ll spot a lot of locations used in Inspector Lewis, including All Souls College, Brasenose Lane and Bodleian Library. Actors said that the cobbled road wrapping around the Radcliffe Camera made it quite challenging to not trip and fall once in awhile.
Fictional location: Grantchester
Actual filming location: Grantchester, Cambridgeshire
This little Cambridge village has “the highest concentration of Nobel Prize winners in the world,” according to Cambridge News. It hosts a grand barrel race every year on Boxing Day (a holiday traditionally celebrated the weekday or Saturday following Christmas Day) and boasts of the famous Byron’s Pool, where Lord Byron evidently took a dive when he was a student at Trinity College.
Fictional location: Great Paxford, Cheshire
Actual filming location: Bunbury, Cheshire
In 1940, Bunbury became a victim of a German blitz during World War II, which significantly damaged the original village center and caused a minor damage to the exterior of St. Boniface’s Church.
Fictional location: India
Actual filming location: Penang, Malaysia
The series’ producers and crew had to hack through the jungle and restore near-ruin to achieve the look they wanted for the show. “What Penang Hill has is history, untouched by time,” said Paul Rutman, the creator and writer of Indian Summers. Those buildings have been left as they are for about 50 years. You feel the ghosts in those buildings.”
Fictional location: Oxford Street
Actual filming location: Chatham Historic Dockyard
Because the exterior of the Selfridges store is not “pack struck,” or dismantled to be easily reassembled, production designer Sonja Klaus had to redesign and rebuild it on location Kent’s historic Chatham Dockyard. (Source: Masterpiece)
Fictional location: Cornwall
Actual filming location: Cornwall
Cornwall boasts of its beautiful, rugged coastlines and breathtaking secluded beaches, but the city of Truro in Cornwall was actually writer Winston Graham’s inspiration for the story.
Fictional location: Covent Garden
Actual filming location: The London Studios, Upper Ground, South Bank, Lambeth, London
Vicious, a comedy series about a London duo, Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, is filmed in front of a live audience on a theatrical stage at the London Studios.
Fictional location: York Place
Actual filming location: Barrington Court, Somerset
After becoming the first old house to be saved by the UK’s National Trust, Barrington Court served as a home for evacuees during WWII. In the series, the property represents the lavish York Place/Whitehall, Cardinal Wolsey’s residence later seized by Anne Boleyn. Wolf Hall producers were faced with an difficult task when they arrived at Barrington Court: Interior decorating! The house is completely devoid of furniture, so the series crew had to start from scratch and recreate this iconic Tudor setting on a clean canvas.
Fictional location: MI-5 HQ, London / Turks & Caicos Islands
Actual location: London and Turks & Caicos Islands
The Turks and Caicos Islands, one of the filming locations for Worricker, are largely inhabited. In fact, most people have not heard of the islands, which is what appealed to David Hare, the writer and director of the series.
“There really isn’t anything here. It’s just a pimple in the sea,” he said. The crew had to improvise a lot during the shoots because there wasn’t much infrastructure on the islands.