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The South-Central Region On Screen
Film & TV Productions Shot On Location In The South-Central Region, 1910-
This table covers, in chronological order, drama productions which had significant location filming in the region.
(You can just use Control-F to search for a particular title or other keyword - each entry begins with the relevant county or town to facilitate this.)

Below is a listing of feature films and TV dramas shot in the south-central region, by year, with an identifying production credit, together with its main locations. Short films, of which there have been dozens due to the presence of local film schools, documentaries, and adverts are not normally included. (An exception is made for the first few titles, made when features were not common and the one-reel drama was standard, by film pioneer Cecil Hepworth, who began filming at Lulworth every summer as his favoured "repertory" location.) Only productions with noteworthy local filming are covered, and stories merely set here, with no local filming (as with the 1955 Moonfleet and the 1958 Separate Tables) are not listed. And only the local-interest locations are given - note that a film may have many other scenes shot elsewhere (eg town scenes for Broadchurch were largely shot near Bristol). Where a location doubles as another country (e.g. Studland as Dunkirk beach), this is indicated if possible.
This listing is an ongoing work - click here if you have information regarding errors or omissions. You can find a narrative outline history covering the main developments and trends which the 'shoots' listed below represent, on our 'Production History' page. There are also some feature-article pages on particular films, filmmakers, or genres, and these can be accessed from the Film-TV section home page.

Most recent listings update: 10-09-14.
TITLE/YR/DIR., PRODN CO. or DISTRIB
LOCATION & NOTES
Grace Darling
1910
Cecil Hepworth, Hepworth Manufacturing Co.

Dorset
This drama reenacting a famous lifeboat rescue by a Victorian teen, used Lulworth Cove and a cottage at West Lulworth village with shingle laid over its garden to disguise the fact it was inland.

The Heart Of A Fishergirl
1910
Lewin Fitzhamon, Hepworth Manufacturing Co.

Dorset
This short was a similar type of sentimental 'rescue' drama to Hepworth's Grace Darling, fictional this time, again using Lulworth Cove. ("A fishergirl saves her sweetheart from drowning." -IMDB)

Hawkeye Swims The Channel
1910
Lewin Fitzhamon, Hepworth Manufacturing Co.

Dorset
This now-lost comedy short was part of Hepworth's 'Hawkeye' series of the hero's misadventures, filmed in the sea off Durdle Door without a stunt double (which nearly cost the lead actor his life), and on the clifftop for a comic chase scene.

Hamlet
1913
Hay Plumb, Hepworth Manufacturing Co.
Dorset
Hepworth built a plaster castle replica of Elsinore on the Lulworth clifftop at Dungy Head for his £10,000 hour-long 'super-production' of the Shakespeare play. (See our Hepworth feature page "Came The Dawn" for details.)
The Princes In The Tower
1913
Cecil Hepworth, Hepworth Manufacturing Co./ Hepworth Picture Plays

Dorset
The film is lost, but presumably this was a historical drama about the infamous incident in the early days of Richard III, made reusing the Hamlet-Elsinore castle set at Lulworth Cove.

Tilly And The Coastguards
1913
Cecil Hepworth, Hepworth Manufacturing Co./ Hepworth Picture Plays

Dorset
This was part of Hepworth's "Tilly" comedy-adventure series, which used the same the Hamlet-Elsinore castle set at Lulworth before wind and rain demolished it over the winter.

Hearts Of The World
1918
DW Griffith, War Office

Wiltshire
The project was commissioned by Lord Beaverbrook to help the war effort, the War Office arranging for thousands of troops to be deployed for the cameras on Salisbury Plain, this footage being integrated with scenes Griffith shot at the Front in France, where the story is set.

The Mayor Of Casterbridge
1921
Sidney Morgan, Progress Film Co.
Dorset
Hardy watched, and assisted with, some filming at Dorchester and nearby Maiden Castle.
The Gipsy Cavalier
1922
J. Stuart Blackton

New Forest
For this costumer by film pioneer Blackton, a dangerous stunt scene of the heroine trapped inside a post-chaise caught in a flood was shot using a weir-pond on the Beaulieu River.

The Virgin Queen
1923
J. Stuart Blackton
New Forest
This historical drama starring Lady Diana Cooper, an early atttempt at colour filming via the Prizmacolor process, was shot almost back-to-back with The Gipsy Cavalier, above, on the Beaulieu estate. It included scenes shot in Beaulieu Abbey, but used Palace House as the central location, with the fire in the queen's bedchamber staged by dressing the interior of the estate's wine-press outbuilding.
Tess Of The D’Urbervilles
1924
Marshall Neilan, Goldwyn Pictures
Dorset, Wiltshire
This was an 'updated' Hollywood-style version, with scenes in modern Mayfair, but some scenes were shot in the Puddletown area, at Bindon Abbey ruin, and at Stonehenge where Tess is rounded up by a 'posse.'
The Somme
1927
M.A. Wetherell New Era Films
Wiltshire
Another use of troops doing battle drills and other training manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain to depict WWI action, in this case a costly double battle in 1916. (Note: not to be confused with the 1916 documentary The Battle Of The Somme, from which this production may reuse some footage for authenticity.)
A Cuckoo In The Nest
1933
Tom Walls, Gaumont
Wiltshire
Actor-director Tom Walls’s production of this typical 1925 Ben Travers Aldwych theatre farce (about a couple stranded at a remote inn having to pretend to be married to share the last room) used the Red Lion Inn at Avebury for exteriors.
The Ghost Camera
1933
Bernard Vorhaus, Real Art Prod'ns
Dorset
In this early talkie edited by David Lean, co-starring Henry Kendall, Ida Lupino, and John Mills, a London photographer on an outing to a ruined Norman castle [Corfe Castle] picks up a camera with evidence of a murder.
Jack Ahoy
1934
Walter Forde, Gaumont
Dorset
This knockabout naval comedy featuring music-hall performer Jack Hulbert, which has him aboard a British sub captured by Chinese pirates, has some scenes shot at Portland. Harry Ashley's The Dorset Coast [p86] gives details of the filming of sea scenes using a wooden submarine off Portland Breakwater, and one of the old battle cruisers berthed in the Harbour may also have been used in the filming, as in the embarkation scene. An on-screen disclaimer says while "certain facilities" were provided by the Admiralty, they are not responsible for "the treatment of the situations". (Note 'Jack Ahoy' is also the title of a 1935 Pathe news item on a Fleet 'open day', now on YouTube as a silent without commentary, here).
[Mr] Midshipman Easy
(US: Men Of The Sea)
1935
Carol Reed, All Talking Pictures
Dorset
For this adaptation of the Captain Marryat boys' adventure, Carol Reed used Portland Bill, plus Chesil Bank, and Weymouth.
Brown On Resolution
(US title: Born For Glory)
(cut down and reissued in WW2 as Forever England)
1935
Walter Forde, Gaumont
Dorset, Devon
As well as using Portland Naval Base, the film's star John Mills said in his memoirs the Admiralty also bought a rocky islet off the Devon coast to portray the Galapagos islet where the finale is set so that they could shell it, as the story requires. (Note: not to be confused with the film's remake in 1953, which was released under the same original title as the CS Forester novel, plus 2 other titles.)
Keep Smiling
(US: Smiling Along)
1938
Monty Banks, TCF

Bournemouth
Bournemouth portrays 'Brightbourne' in this vehicle for Gracie Fields, who then owned a house in Sandbanks. Holidaymakers became unwitting extras when they gathered outside the Pavilion Theatre to attend a local variety show or watch the fountain, and were filmed by hidden cameras. 

The Lady Vanishes
1938
Alfred Hitchcock, Gaumont-British
Hampshire
The few location exteriors for this pre-war thriller set in Fascist-Ruritanian 'Bandrika' were shot in Woolmer Forest, using Longmoor Military Railway.
Victory
1942
Ministry Of Information
Dorset
Another official propaganda film, with scenes re-enacting WWI action, using the Bovington Tank Range and collection of vintage tanks (now the basis of the Tank Museum) to demonstrate the use of the tank going back to WWI.
The First Of The Few
(US title Spitfire - shorter version)
1943
Leslie Howard, British Aviation Pictures
Hampshire
Howard got official cooperation to shoot on a front-line airfield and use RAF fighter pilots as extras, RAF Ibsley near Fordingbridge north of Christchurch portraying the fictional Battle-of-Britain airfield RAF 'Seafield' in Sussex as well as Eastleigh Airfield, Southampton in the test-flight scene. (For details, see our feature on the film's production here.)
The Way Ahead
(US: The Immortal Battalion)
1943
Carol Reed, Two Cities
Wiltshire
In this tale of the training of an Army platoon, Salisbury Plain portrays itself in a scene of large-scale battle manoeuvres.
Fiddlers Three
(Balcon Prodns, 1944)
(US: While Nero Fiddled)
Directed by Harry Watt

Wilts?
This wartime service comedy/ musical starring Tommy Trinder has a key scene set at Stonehenge, which may be a first onscreen use of the site. The plot has it turn into a time-travel portal which transports the trio to ancient Rome. As to whether the scene was actually shot at Stonehenge, the director had a documentary background and would specialise postwar in difficult location filming for Balcon’s Ealing Studio, so it is possible.

School For Secrets (US title Secret Flight)
1946
Peter Ustinov, Two Cities/Rank

Poole
Writer-director Peter Ustinov's caricature of the backroom scientific boffins who developed WW2 radar initially has an unidentified setting by the sea which may represent (via a few soundstage sets and some shots of radar arrays) the actual, then still hush-hush one at Worth Matravers on the Purbeck coast. The rest of the story is set in an inland suburban town Ustinov facetiously named 'Kippenhampton,' which would be based on Malvern where the real-life boffins moved for fear of enemy reprisals. There is a final scene showing a VE-parade on Poole Quay and a flying boat departing Poole Harbour.

The Guinea Pig
(US: The Outsider)
1948
Boulting Brothers, Pathé
Dorset
Sherborne was used as the source play's author Warren Chetham-Strode was an Old Shirburnian. The exteriors show the actual Abbey and famous boys school, while the interiors are studio mockups.
The Small Back Room
(US: Hour of Glory)
1949
Michael Powell, The Archers
Wiltshire, Dorset
Powell grew up in the area, and says he made the film specifically to use Chesil Bank as both a location and a story setting (Nigel Balchin's source novel about wartime 'backroom boffins' uses a fictional locale). Stonehenge also appears [in an anti-tank gun trial scene], as does later on [@75 mins in] Dorset's now-vanished Abbotsbury Station, and St Catherine's Chapel overlooking Portland and Chesil, where the 20-minute bomb-defusing finale takes place.
All Over The Town
1948
Derek Twist, Wessex Films/GFD
Dorset
This contemporary social-issues drama from an R.F. Delderfield novel, set in the seaside town of 'Tormouth', about a newspaper reporter just back from the war and finding little has changed - entrenched local political interests still in control - was exterior-filmed in Lyme Regis. After its initial release, the film was unavailable until 2005 when the Lyme Regis Film Society paid for new prints to be made from a negative in the national archives. Locations include the now-defunct railway station, the high street [Broad St], the Cobb and harbour area.
Morning Departure
(US: Operation Disaster)
1950
Roy Ward Baker
Dorset
This realist submarine-in-distress story, based on a stiff-upper-lip stage play, has a few early scenes set and shot on Portland as the sub's home port. Portland Harbour is shown behind the main titles and in the scene where the captain drives away from his clifftop cottage. The rest of the action is set off the coast. Interiors were shot aboard HMS Alliance, which became a museum exhibit at Portsmouth.
The Elusive Pimpernel
(US: The Fighting Pimpernel)
1950
Michael Powell, London Film Studios
Wiltshire
The Technicolour production of The Scarlet Pimpernel, starring David Niven, was set and shot mainly in France but used Wiltshire countryside in a few scenes (Savernake Forest and the Marlborough Downs).
The Happiest Days Of Your Life
1950
Frank Launder
Hampshire
This forerunner of the St Trinians films, based on a John Dighton play and starring Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford, used a stately home that had been turned into a local primary school - Langley Court school at Liss near Peterfield - as 'Nutbourne College' boys school, where in the plot a girls school is inadvertently billeted. A railway station nearby was also used, details unconfirmed.
The African Queen
1951
John Huston, Romulus Films
??
Listed here due to persistent but unsubstantiated claims some shots of the boat in the reeds were 2nd-unit efforts shot in the Wareham marshes just off Poole Harbour. However the production has been extensively written about, with no mention of this. (The identified lake-finale location is in Turkey). At best these would have been pickup shots [cutaway inserts], which may have not even been used in the final cut.
The Browning Version
1951
Anthony Asquith, GFD
Dorset
For this filming of the Rattigan play about a stuffy schoolmaster losing his place in postwar society, a few exteriors of Sherborne School were used (e.g. the film's final shot), as well as used in the film's promotion stills as a backdrop, the rest being soundstage scenes.
Brandy For The Parson
1951
John Eldridge, Group 3

Dorset, Devon
The Cerne Abbas area was used for most of the non-coastal location scenes, it being the closest point to London where rolling West Country landscape complete with chalk tracks appears, the hills above Cerne being on the London-Exeter pack road now the A30 [both mentioned in the script]. Cerne Abbas village appears in various scenes set around the rendezvous at 'the New Inn', filmed at an old coaching courtyard inn which still exists, while the courthouse finale was shot at the Old Crown Court in Dorchester. (For the production background on this attempt by Grierson's Group 3 to emulate the Ealing comedies, see our page here.)

Rough Shoot
(US title: Shoot First)
1952
Robert Parrish, UA
Dorset
This production of Geoffrey Household's postwar thriller was largely filmed in the central Dorset heathland locales where the first two-thirds of the story is set, in and around East Lulworth village and on the nearby Bovington Ranges heath.
The Sound Barrier
1952
David Lean, London Films/ British Lion Films

Hampshire
Airfield sequences were shot at Chilbolton Aerodrome, between Andover and Winchester.

The Cruel Sea
1953
Charles Frend, Ealing Studios
Dorset
The scenes of the corvette pitching in rough seas were reportedly shot in Portland's tide Race, and the later scenes of the crew's new frigate in harbour appear to be shot at Portland, including the final scene of the return to port.
Four-Sided Triangle
(US: The Monster And the Woman)
1953
Terence Fisher, Hammer Films
Dorset
Hammer's first foray into SF, this early b&w horror-suspense story about a female-cloning experiment at a remote estate used Lulworth Cove for an attempted-drowning scene.
You Know What Sailors Are!
1953
Ken Annakin, GFD
Dorset
Portland town and harbour were used in this Cold War service comedy, and the adjacent Dorset Coast Downs make an appearance in the final air test scene.
The Sword And The Rose
(When Knighthood Was In Flower)
1953
Ken Annakin, Disney Studio
Dorset
Co-star Richard Todd [who lived locally as a boy] says in his memoirs Chapman's Pool [bay] and the Purbeck Hills appear in the chase finale of Disney's historical drama of Tudor intrigue, about Henry VIII's sister. (The Chapman's Pool bayshore location is unidentifiable per se as it is a mix of day-for-night shots, and soundstage and process work.)
The Dam Busters
1954
Michael Anderson, ABPC
Dorset
Despite local tourism-website claims, none of the film's dramatic scenes were shot in Dorset. However Barnes-Wallis's own 16mm actuality footage of test-drops of the bouncing bomb shot at the Fleet Lagoon was used throughout, including in the final raid scenes.
Star Of India
1954
Arthur Lubin, Raymond Stross Prodns
Dorset
This costume adventure drama starring Cornell Wilde was shot mainly in Italy, but the finale was reportedly exterior shot on the Weld family estate at East Lulworth.
The Black Rider
1954
Wolf Rilla, Balblair Prodns
Dorset
This Saturday-morning style 'kidult' adventure ( shown on BBC4's 2008 retrospective evening on British B pictures) has communist agents exploiting a local ghost legend to smuggle in nuclear parts to a thinly-disguised Purbeck peninsula. Swanage and a Purbeck cove (Arish Mell?) appear in 2nd unit scenes. 'Brockham Castle' is a studio mockup of Corfe.
Voice In The Wilderness
1954 (ITV 1957)
Royal Gornold, Lady Lees
Dorset
Poole Heath and Purbeck quarry areas double as the Holy Land in this amateur religious drama produced, in 16mm colour, by Lady Madelaine Lees and her helpers at South Lychett Manor's Christian commune.
The Ship That Died Of Shame
(US: Sea Raiders)
1955
Basil Dearden, Ealing Studios
Dorset
Set during WW2 and the decade after, this adaptation of a Nicholas Montsarrat story starring George Baker and Richard Attenborough uses Weymouth Quay, Poole Quay [Customs House], plus Poole Harbour to represent various cross-Channel locales.
Above Us The Waves
1955
Ralph Thomas, Rank Studios
Dorset
This WW2 drama starring John Mills retelling the grim story of the costly raid by midget submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in its Norwegian fjord shot some scenes in and around Portland Submarine Base.
True As A Turtle
(US: Plain Sailing)
1957
Wendy Toye, Rank Studios

Hants, Poole
For this post-Genevieve messing-about-in-boats comedy about a cross-channel honeymoon trip (with John Gregson suffering mishaps with an old yacht instead of a vintage car), the Hamble estuary was used, plus the Royal Lymington Yacht Club on the Lymington River. Though hard to confirm from a viewing, some scenes were also reportedly shot on Poole Harbour, including the Royal Marines sea-survival training tank at Hamworthy.

Five On A Treasure Island
1957
Gerald Landau, Children’s Film Foundation
Dorset
For this 8-part adaptation of the first of Enid Blyton's Famous Five novels, Blyton's fictional 'Kirrin Island' (her conflation of Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour and Corfe Castle) was cinematically rendered by amalgamating coast scenes shot at Lulworth with scenes amidst Corfe's ruins, with the Five sailing through a rock arch (Stair Hole?) and then scrambling up Corfe's steep slopes to the ruins. There are also brief scenes of what appear to be Corfe village, a small Purbeck (Studland?) manor house and Poole docks, where the coastguard cutter is moored. This was the first screen version of the novels, shot in 35mm b&w, with the serial later edited into a feature-length single drama, released on DVD by BFI Video in 2010.
The Moonraker
1958
David Macdonald, ABPC
Wiltshire, Dorset
This Technicolor swashbuckler starring George Baker and inspired by the future Charles II's cross-country escape opens at Stonehenge, moves on to Lacock (village and Abbey interior), and finally to Lulworth for a swordfight atop Stair Hole rock-arch. The Castle Inn at Lulworth was reportedly used for the scenes at the 'Windwhistle Inn', supposedly in Sussex.
Night Of The Demon
(US: Curse Of The Demon)
1958
Jacques Tourneur, Columbia
Wiltshire
In this classic horror film expanded from an M.R. James story, Stonehenge appears in the prologue and in a later scene where Dana Andrews as a sceptical American 'devil-cult' investigator discovers runic carvings there.
Danger Man
1959
various, ITV

Dorset
The Avengerland website reports two episodes of the first [half-hour] series used the bay known as Chapman's Pool in Purbeck for action scenes. In 'The Gallows Tree,' it doubles for northern Scotland, it and the downs above seen when Drake is nearly driven over the cliff by a Land Rover. In 'The Brothers,' the establishing shot of the bay is reused to double as a bay in Sicily.

The Key
1958
Carol Reed, Columbia Pictures

Dorset
This unusual WWII drama, starring William Holden and Sophia Loren, of the unarmed Merchant Navy tugboats sent out to rescue torpedoed ships left behind in "U Boat Alley" by Channel convoys, was filmed largely at Portland Naval base and in the rough waters off Portland, with a few town-billet scenes in adjoining Weymouth.

The Navy Lark
1959
Gordon Parry, Herbert Wilcox Prodns
Dorset
This film spinoff of the long-running BBC radio sitcom about a chaotic backwater RN minesweeper station on 'Boonzey', supposedly one of the smaller Channel Islands, was shot at West Bay, near Bridport.
Some adjacent chalk-cliff coastline was also used for swimming and smuggling scenes.
The Bulldog Breed
1960
Robert Asher, Rank
Dorset, Poole
This first half of this Norman Wisdom juvenile comedy has him as a romantically-spurned maritime milkman joining the Navy in a depressed state, and getting into scrapes in Poole Harbour, Weymouth, Portland Heights and Harbour. Scenes of the milkman's delivery boat combine footage shot in Portland Roads [harbour approach] and Poole Harbour, while Poole Park boating lake was also used for the 'water-ski' scene.
Tess
1960
ITV

Wiltshire
This adaptation for ITV’s Play Of The Week slot had its finale shot on location at Stonehenge.

The Grass Is Greener
1960
Stanley Donen, Universal

Wiltshire
This stage adaptation, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as cash-poor gentry forced to open their stately home to tourists, used Lacock Abbey to portray the tradition and heritage Kerr feels duty-bound to maintain in the face of the temptations represented by Robert Mitchum as a gatecrashing American and Jean Simmons as a visiting London socialite. (The main exteriors are of Osterley Park near London, so the Abbey must have been used for interiors, though the grounds may also have been used.)

Paranoiac
1963
Freddie Francis, Hammer Films
Dorset
The Purbeck Film Festival screened this psychological thriller (a reworking of Josephine Tey's novel Brat Farrar, starring Janette Scott and Oliver Reed), set at a remote south-coast mansion, due to its location work, with a sports-car-on-cliffedge suspense scene shot above Lulworth's Mupe Rocks, which form the dramatic background to the main titles.
The Damned
(US title: These Are The Damned)
1961 / 1963
Joseph Losey, Hammer Films

Dorset
Shot in b&w widescreen, this Cold War SF drama, about a couple on the run from a teddyboy-led biker gang who stumble into a secret gov't experiment, opens on Weymouth Esplanade and ends up in the Portland quarries and caves. Weymouth Esplanade, the cemetery at Portland's St George's Church at Reforne, and the Causeway across the Fleet lagoon are also seen.

Summer Holiday
1962
Peter Yates, ABPC
Poole
Though it's hard to see much resemblance with the present Gardens, the musical number where Cliff flirts with French girls was reportedly shot in the ornamental gardens at Compton Acres.
Five Have A Mystery To Solve
1963
Ernest Morris, CFF/ John Durst Prodns/ Rayant
Dorset
This Children’s Film Foundation 6-part serial (a followup to Five On A Treasure Island, 1957, qv), was shot on location in Blyton's own longtime holiday area, the Purbecks. The main setting of 'Whispering Island' was based on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour.
To Have And To Hold
1963
Herbert Wise, Merton Park Studios

Bournemouth, Poole
Directed by a longtime TV veteran (I Claudius, Brother Cadfael etc), this B-movie adaptation of an Edgar Wallace crime story about a doomed detective reminiscent of the Hollywood classic Double Indemnity opens and closes on Bournemouth Pier, and also has a glimpse of Poole's Sandbanks district.

Tom Jones
1963
Tony Richardson, Woodfall Films/ UA

Dorset
This satiric recreation of the old West Country Squirearchy intercut scenes was shot in West Somerset and central Dorset, using new fast film stocks and handheld cameras for an all-location shoot avoiding the usual floodlit period interiors. Cranborne Manor portrayed Squire Allworthy's estate, with the downs above used for the hunting and riding scenes. For the exteriors of Squire Western and Sophie's estate, the remnant of Cerne Abbas manor house was used, plus Minterne Magna Gardens with its ornamental lake (over which a rustic footbridge was built for filming). Sophie elopes from Cerne Abbey's former gatehouse, and the stag-hunt meet is in Cerne's Tudor-fronted "Street of Memories".

Doctor Who
1963-
BBC
Dorset, Hampshire, Isle Of Wight
Fan-sites and guidebooks list a variety of locations in Dorset, Hampshire, and Wight: Winspit, Athelhampton, Lulworth, Weymouth, Tarrant Monkton, and Shapwick in Dorset; Martin village and Martin Down in Hampshire; Whitecliffe Bay and Norris Castle on Wight.
Children Of The New Forest
1964
Brandon Acton-Bond, BBC
New Forest [2nd unit]
This 6-part serial, the 2nd BBC TV version, was reportedly the first version of Captain Marryat's 1847 classic novel shot on location, with scenes filmed on the Braemore Estate.
The Tomb Of Ligeia
1964
Roger Corman, AIP

Wiltshire
Roger Corman's final directorial contribution to his Edgar Allan Poe adaptations (here scripted by 'Chinatown' writer Robert Towne) features an appearance by Stonehenge (half-hour in, during the honeymoon sequence).

The Saint
1962-9, misc.episodes
ITC

Dorset
A series fan (tks, Stuart) has spotted that in the 1964 ep, 'The Miracle Tea Party,' Roger Moore's Volvo drives from Weymouth over the causeway and through Castleton to Portland Naval base. Castle Combe was reportedly also used in an episode directed by Ray Austin, details unknown.

Woman Of Straw
1964
Basil Dearden, UA
Poole
This Hitchcockian drama starring Sean Connery, Ralph Richardson and Gina Lollobrigida includes a scene of the trio embarking for Majorca via Poole Quay (perhaps chosen as producer Michael Relph was born in Poole).
Guns At Batasi
1964
John Guillermin / 20C Fox
Wiltshire
This postwar regimental drama, starring Richard Attenborough as a stiff-necked RSM, about an incident during the handover of power in a Commonwealth state, used a dusted-up Salisbury-area Army camp as an African one.
It Happened Here
1965
Kevin Brownlow & Andrew Mollo, Rath Films
Wiltshire
This bleak "alternative history" pseudo-documentary, shot in grainy 16mm by two then-unknown teenagers over a 9-year period, depicts British collaborationism and futile resistance to a German occupation. The early sequences are set near Salisbury, with village scenes shot at Berwick St John near the north Dorset boundary.
The Heroes Of Telemark
1965
Anthony Mann, Rank/ Fox
Poole, Dorset
For the ferry-hijack scene early on, the Norwegian port it departs from was played by Poole's New Quay and waterfront, and then the Old Quay opposite plays the British port the boat arrives at. Weymouth Quay with its rail line was also used for a few insert shots, and the sea crossing / minefield scene was filmed in Weymouth Bay.
The Debussy Film
1965
Ken Russell, BBC
Wiltshire
This film-within-a-film docudrama for the BBC's Monitor arts series used Larmer Tree ornamental gardens on the Dorset-Wilts boundary, playing various unidentified Parisian ornamental woodland parks and gardens, including one where the director and actors watch part of a pre-WWI Parisian play based on the scandal of Debussy’s long-running menage-a-trois.
The Secret Of My Success
1965
Andrew L. Stone, MGM
Wiltshire
This comedy of “How three beautiful girls love for fun - and murder for profit,” starring Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens, and Honor Blackman, used Stourhead House and Lacock Abbey.
Catch Us If You Can
(US: Having A Wild Weekend)
1965
John Boorman, Anglo-Amalgamated
Wiltshire
Begun as a Dave Clark Five vehicle to rival the Beatles films, this 'road-trip' story of a stuntman and a poster-girl model escaping London for the West Country takes them across Salisbury Plain via the Army-controlled village of Imber, to Bath, and across a snow-bound Dartmoor to Burgh Island in south Devon.
The Avengers
1966
Brian Clemens, ITV
Hampshire
Scenes such as the pair driving off in a vintage car were often shot on the grounds of Palace House at Beaulieu in the New Forest, using vehicles from Beaulieu Motor Museum. Reportedly, scenes for several episodes involving Steed and Emma getting into various vintage cars, were shot here one day in Sep 66: Escape In Time, The Bird Who Knew Too Much, and The See-Through Man. Castle Combe was reportedly also used in an episode directed by Ray Austin, details unknown.
Hereward The Wake
1966
BBC
Dorset
Believed now lost, this was a 16 x 30 mins adapatation for children from Charles Kingsley's Victorian novel about the Saxon resistance hero. The Scott Arms at Kingston near Corfe has production stills on the wall showing locally shot scenes. Nearby Hartland Moor was reportedly used for outdoors scenes as well as the Encombe estate.
The New Forest Rustlers
1966
John Braybon / Ian Curteis, Southern Television
Hampshire
Half-hour family-drama series set and exterior-shot in the Forest, details not known.
Help!
1966
Richard Lester, UA
Wiltshire
The musical number performed under Army protection and ending in a tank-versus-artillery battle, was shot on Salisbury Plain across the road from Stonehenge.
The Three Musketeers
1966
Peter Hammond, BBC

Dorset
Stills up in the hallway of the Scott Arms pub above Corfe show filming of scenes in the Purbecks for this children’s-tv 10-part serial, with Jeremy Brett as D'Artagnan and Brian Blessed as Porthos. These seem to be the wooded-countryside backgrounds seen during each episode's opening titles, a sequence shot in the dunes of Studland Beach during the siege of LaRochelle, plus a horseback chase sequence on the coast downs later on. Various farmyards were evidently also used as country inns etc.

A Man For All Seasons
1966
Fred Zinneman, Columbia
Hampshire
The tidal reach of the Beaulieu River in the New Forest portrayed the Thames in the scene beginning where the king jumps out of his royal barge into the mud.
Softly, Softly
1966–1976
various dirs, BBC
Dorset, Wiltshire
This long-running police procedural series created by Troy Kennedy Martin about a Regional Crime Squad was notionally based around Bristol but shot location exteriors around southern England, including in Dorset and Wilts.
Les Miserables
1967
BBC
IOW
This 10-part BBC adaptation starring Frank Finlay as Jean Valjean would have been mainly shot in the studio but used Fort Victoria on the north coast of Wight to portray the dungeons of the Bastille.
Pride And Prejudice
1967
Joan Craft, BBC
Wiltshire
This BBC adaptation used Lacock village in exterior village scenes (and Bath for town scenes).
Dr Dolittle
1967
Richard Fleischer, 20th-C Fox

Wiltshire
For this musical adaptation starring Rex Harrison, Castle Combe was used as 'Puddleby-on-the-Marsh', though changes to local fixtures to make the inland village appear to be a a seaside fishing village led to local concerns, culminating in Sir Ranulph Fiennes's arrest for planting explosives on the dam built to turn the village and brook into a harbour-front.

Far From The Madding Crowd
1967
John Schlesinger, MGM/EMI
Dorset, Wiltshire
This authentic Hardy adaptation uses around 20 locations, filmed during a 6 month shoot to capture all 4 seasons. Abbotsbury [tithe barn]; Bloxworth [as Bathsheba's house]; Durdle Door [Troy's swim]; Eggardon Hill [Fanny meets the Hussars]; Horton Tower [cock-fighting scene]; Maiden Castle [swordplay scene]; Portesham area [Boldwood's farm]; Encombe estate in the Purbeck Hills [sheep scenes]; Shaftesbury's Gold Hill [approach to Casterbridge market]; Weymouth Esplanade [Bathsheba and Troy's reconciliation]; Devizes in Wiltshire ['Casterbridge' market square, and St John's as Troy's wedding church - Fanny apparently waits in a nearby church, played by Sydling St Nicholas church]. The hilltop country fair and circus was filmed at Preston near Weymouth. (For production details, see our in-depth feature here.)
Goodbye, Mr Chips
1968
Herbert Ross, MGM

Dorset
Sherborne's famous boys prep school plays a major supporting role in this production, a musical version of the James Hilton novel, scripted by Terence Rattigan, starring Peter O'Toole, and shot by Dorset-resident Oswald Morris in 70mm Panavision. The railway station and other parts of the town are also seen.

Department S
1968
ITC

Poole, Dorset
The ep 'The Treasure Of The Costa Del Sol' has exteriors showing the road past Branksome Chine, and Studland coast road and beach double as Torremolinos. The ep 'Blackout' also uses Studland road and beach, this time as the Bahamas.

The Bed-Sitting Room
1969
Richard Lester, Lopert /UA
Dorset
This surreal John Antrobus comedy set mainly in a bleak post-nuclear-war wasteland was reportedly part-filmed in Weymouth and Portland.
Smugglers’ Bay
1969
BBC

Dorset
This is actually a BBC children's version of J Meade Falkner's classic 1898 smuggling adventure, Moonfleet, using Chesil Bank and the adjacent Fleet Lagoon area where the story is mainly set.
Canterbury Tales
1969
John Glenister, Roderick Graham, BBC

Dorset
A BBC still shows filming at Milton Abbey (as Canterbury?), and presumably other scenes were shot in the vicinity for convenience in this 7-hour serial starring Joss Ackland, Barbara Jefford, Patrick Magee, Corin Redgrave, and Ian Richardson.

The Benny Hill Show
1969-1989
John Robins, Thames Television
Dorset
Studland was used when a beach scene was called for, where Benny would leer at girls in bikinis etc.
Persuasion
1969
Granada TV

Dorset, Somerset, Bath
The Dorset location is of course Lyme Regis, for the mandatory scene on the Cobb, in this shot-on-video adaptation.

Monty Python's Flying Circus
1969-74
BBC
Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole
Studland Beach is twice seen in the pre-credits sequence where the hermit crawls up and says "It's-", and the vicinity was used for similar tropical-beach skits. Ep 1's opening and closing show the hermit swimming onto and off Studland Beach, while the intro to Ep 2 shows him crossing Studland Beach dunes. Bournemouth, where the team stayed, also appeared in a few early skits, as did Poole's Sandbanks. The Ep 4 sketch 'Undressing in Public' shows Poole beach plus Bournemouth's Palace Court Hotel, Pier and Pier Theatre.
The Dave Allen Show/ Dave Allen At Large
1967-71
BBC
Dorset, Hampshire
The New Forest, Studland beach and Shell Bay were used on a 'repertory' basis to film skits - skits about the Army shot in the New Forest, a skit about Vikings shot in Shell Bay etc.
Junket 89
1970
Peter Plummer, Balfour Films /CFF

Dorset
This hour-long Children's Film Foundation slightly surreal farce scripted by David Ash about a group of school-children (IMDB lists it as SF-themed) had location filming in Dorset (heathland and beach scenes), details unknown. The waterway scenes look like the Beaulieu River.

Bright's Boffins
1970
Southern TV
Hampshire
This comedy series, now listed as "lost", was apparently aimed at children, and set at an obscure R&D scientific establishment called Halfwitt House. This was represented by Rhinefield House [now hotel] in the New Forest.
The Woodlanders
1970
BBC
Dorset?
Judging from stills, a mainly studio-shot production of Hardy's tragedy set in the Cerne-Sherborne area of north-central Dorset. Location exteriors for this 4 x 45 min version costarring Felicity Kendall and David Burke would have been shot in 16mm colour, but no details are available, and the programme has reportedly been wiped.
Doomwatch
[1971 eps.]
Eric Hills, BBC

Dorset
For this popular 70s eco-thriller series, the episode “The Web of Fear” was shot partly at Swanage, and exteriors for the episode "In the Dark", set in Scotland, were also shot in the Purbecks, with Encombe House as a Highland manor.

The Goodies
1970-81
BBC
Dorset
For this once-popular but since hard-to-see 'kidult' series, Weymouth and Portland were both used, for both the series and its 'Beanstalk' feature spinoff, as was Swanage beach, Beaminster, and Parnham House.
Bedknobs & Broomsticks
1971
Robert Stevenson, Disney Studio
Dorset
In a typical Disney production approach of the pre-CGI era, 2nd-unit shots of the Purbecks were used in "glass" shots (with skyline trimmings painted on), Corfe Castle remaining quite recognisable in the opening and closing shots and the climactic scene, where a ghostly army is magically brought to life by a spell, and puts to flight a U-boat commando party.
Little Women
1970-1
Paddy Russell, BBC
Dorset
Production stills in Kingston's Scott Arms above Corfe show the BBC Children's Unit favourite location in the 60s was again used for this colour-video low-budget drama serial, here to represent an American locale. Encombe House in the Purbecks portrays the family home in Concord, Mass., during the American Civil War, and possibly also some of the European locales which occur later in the story. [Issued in 2000 on VHS.]

Melody (S.W.A.L.K.)
1971
Waris Hussein, Hemdale

Dorset
In writer Alan Parker's story, a pair of London schoolchildren want to get married and run off to the seaside for a day out from school, with a sequence shot on Weymouth's crowded beach and esplanade.
The Music Lovers
1971
Ken Russell, UA
Hampshire, Wiltshire
The New Forest doubled as Russia, and a Wilton House interior was used for Madame von Meck's house, while another local scene, shot at Larmer Tree Gardens (doubling as St Petersburg park), seems to have been cut from standard prints.
Endless Night
1971
Sidney Gilliat, EMI
Isle Of Wight
Agatha Christie's Hitchcockian story is set elsewhere but was shot partly on Wight, at Mottistone Down etc. A young chauffeur on the make discovers a perfect scenic spot for his future plans, called Gypsy's Corner, where he meets a young American heiress [Hayley Mills].
The Two Ronnies
1971-87
BBC
Dorset
The comedy duo did a spoof shot on location of the original Bike Boy Hovis commercial on Shaftesbury's Gold Hill, and used rural Dorset for their "Two Tramps" sketches, such as the church at Okeford Fitzpaine for several skits, like the series of Victorian-crime skits "The Phantom Raspberry Blower". Swanage Railway was also used. See also the spinoff TV-special By The Sea, 1982.
Savage Messiah
1972
Ken Russell, MGM
Dorset
Stills show a scene filmed on Portland Bill for this Russell biopic of sculptor Henry Gaudier-Brzeska, who used the Portland quarries in his work. In the film, the sculptor and his muse Sophie holiday there.
The Triple Echo
(US: Soldier In Skirts) 1972
Michael Apted
Wiltshire
The farm which is almost the only setting for this Glenda Jackson-Oliver Reed WW2-set drama (from an H.E. Bates novel) of a deserter disguised as a woman is in the Wiltshire Downs. A production acccount says it was shot in the Wylye Valley [SW of Salisbury], with scenes also shot on the Wilts-Dorset boundary. The post-office may have been the local one in Berwick St James, but the largest interior, the dance hall, is said to have been in Devizes in north Wilts.
The Lotus Eaters
1972
BBC
Dorset
For this drama serial about expats, Purbeck's The Blue Pool was a low-budget standin for a Mediterranean beach.
Till Death Us Do Part
1972 episode
BBC
Bournemouth
The Garnetts go for a stay at the 'Commodore Hotel’ (played by the 5-star Royal Bath), where Alf gets to act the uncouth Brit on holiday.
Sleuth
1972
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Palomar
Dorset
"Cloak Manor" was portrayed by Athelhampton House. The maze Milo encounters in the opening scene was added for the filming, as were the gargoyles lining the driveway.
Something To Hide
(US: Shattered)
1972
Alastair Reid, AVCO Embassy
Isle Of Wight
The Bembridge area appears as 'Westsea' in this adaptation of Nicholas Montsarrat's psychological-horror novel of a middle-aged man who takes in a pregnant teenage hitch-hiker.
Wreck Raisers
1972
Harold Orton, Children's Film Foundation
Dorset
The Lyme Regis area was the (unnamed) location for this hour-long children's adventure where a group of children need to raise a sunken boat they saved money to buy. The Undercliff (where the group have their clubhouse shack) is seen as well as the Cobb and harbour area. The sunken-boat scene was shot at Seaton Hole.
Lady Caroline Lamb
1972
Robert Bolt, MGM/EMI
Wiltshire
For this biopic of a real Georgian-era literary adventuress made as a vehicle for his actress wife Sarah Miles, Wilton House outside Salisbury was used for scenes such as the masqued-ball scene and William IV's meeting with Lamb's PM husband.
The Black Arrow
1972-5
Peter Croft & Bob Leng, Southern Television

Dorset, Hampshire
Southern Television filmed exteriors for its 3-season-long adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Wars-of-the-Roses adventure in its own license area, locations including Milton Abbas [ruined chapel in woods] as well as various parts of the New Forest.

“Bike Boy” Hovis ad
1973; 1992
Ridley Scott, CDP
Dorset
Shaftesbury's cobbled Gold Hill played a north-of-England village and became an iconic calendar image after the steep street was chosen by then ad-agency director Ridley Scott to evoke a nostalgic image of thrift and honest toil. It was remade on improved film stock in 1992.
Thriller: 'Lady Killer'
1973
Bill Hays, ATV
Dorset
A 68-minute pilot for Brian Clemens's anthology series Thriller, starring Robert Powell and Barbara Feldon, 'Lady Killer' has exteriors shot in the Purbecks, with shots of Swanage and St. Aldhelm's Head, and a distinctive rock pinnacle by the quarry cliffs where the finale takes place.  
That'll Be The Day
1973
Claude Whatham, EMI
Isle Of Wight
Much of this realist drama of the early years of a John Lennon type who drops out of school to work at Butlins and on the funfair was shot at Southsea and on Wight (Ventnor cinema, now-vanished Shanklin Pier etc), where such attractions then existed unchanged since the 1950s when the film was set.
Wessex Tales
1973
various dirs, BBC
Dorset, Wilts
This anthology series of telefeatures, dramatizing 6 of Hardy's short stories, was all shot on location, in 16mm, mainly at sites around West Dorset, from Parnham House to Bat’s Head on the Coast Downs. Different sites are combined, e.g in "Barbara Of The House of Grebe," Parnham House and rear of Kingston Lacy House are used, while the local church with its distinctive campanile tower appears to be one in Wilton.
Warship
1973-8
BBC

Dorset
The series was made with major official cooperation for authenticity. For exterior shots, the series used, as 'HMS Hero', various frigates including HMS Phoebe which had been 'adopted' by the people of Bournemouth, and was thus sometimes seen in the Bay; although exteriors were filmed internationally, some scenes were still shot locally, doubling overseas story locales. A North African night landing scene was shot using that old standby for tropical beach settings, Studland Beach, dressed with a few palm trees. A County guide notes Lulworth Cove and Portland were also used (presumably this was as the unfriendly North-African port in 'A Standing and Jumping War').

The Pallisers
1974
Hugh David, BBC

Wiltshire
The National Trust's Stourhead estate appeared in the opening garden-party scenes of this 26-part adaptation of Trollope's 6-novel sequence, co-starring Susan Hampshire.

Brief Encounter
1974
Alan Bridges, ITC/Channel 5
Hampshire
Made for US TV, this re-working, starring Burton and Loren, of the Noel Coward play for the diesel-train era went for English high summer as a background, rather than the grey grimness of the 1945 steam-train-era film. It was set and shot (in 16mm) on location in the New Forest and Winchester. Forest locations include Brockenhurst Station [Anna's local station], the Beaulieu River's yacht marina areas [day out], and Winchester's include the train station, Cathedral, High Street, Old Bishops' Palace grounds [Mystery Play scene], the old water-mill [Alec's borrowed flat], and the surrounding Hampshire Downs [picnic-walk scene].
Some Mothers Do 'Av 'Em
1973-8
BBC
Dorset
In the 1973 Season 2 episode "Cliffhanger" or "Frank Goes Over The Edge", the scene where Frank ends up hanging from the rear bumper of his Morris Minor as it teeters on the cliff-edge was shot on cliffs south of Swanage.(Presumably the location was chosen for safety reasons, as the cliffs above the quarries do not drop off straight into the sea.) Reportedly the BBC also shot exteriors for 2 other episodes at the same time around Swanage, details not yet known.
Out Of Season
(US: Winter Rates)
1975
Alan Bridges, EMI
Dorset
This domestic drama of an American (Cliff Robertson) returning to an ex-partner (Vanessa Redgrave) who runs a seaside hotel is set entirely on the Isle of Portland; the hotel which is the main setting is on the western, Chesil-Bank side of the peninsula.
Enid Blyton's Famous Five
1975-8
Portman / Southern TV
Hampshire
The production base was at Exbury House and most of it was shot there and at locations around the New Forest - Rhinefield House, Beaulieu, Burley, Buckler's Hard, Lepe, Blackfield, and Marchwood. Sites along the coast were also used, Lymington, Keyhaven, Milford-on-Sea, Highcliffe, Mudeford, and Christchurch.
The Survivors
1975
BBC
Dorset, Wiltshire
Several military sites were used in this recently-remade Terry Nation post-catastrophe SF drama. In the 3rd and final series, the episode 'Sparks' was shot at the expropriated village of Imber on Salisbury Plain, and 'Long Live the King' at Piddlehinton Army Camp in central Dorset.
Overlord
1975
Stuart Cooper, EMI/ Imperial War Museum
Dorset
This award-winning b&w docudrama of the last months of a WW2 conscript is built around actuality footage, but new scenes were shot locally, with Poole and the Kingston Lacy-Corfe estate credited, Studland beach being the standin for Normandy, though only Corfe Castle is recognizable, other locations being deliberately anonymous in keeping with the concept of the luckless conscript protagonist as a young Everyman figure.
Barry Lyndon
1975
Stanley Kubrick, WB
Dorset, Poole, Wiltshire
The opening scene was shot in a country lane near Blandford, and Crichel House portrayed the gambling-club house. Compton Acres Gardens appears briefly as Spa in Belgium, while parts of Stourhead estate and Wilton House portray various English stately homes.
Sykes
1976
BBC
Christchurch
A car stunt scene shot at Mudeford Sandbank for this Eric Sykes/ Hattie Jacques 1970s sitcom reportedly led to Christchurch Council discouraging future filming there, due to its fragile ecology.
Ripping Yarns
1976
Terry Hughes, BBC
Dorset
In this Michael Palin/ Terry Jones spoof series, Milton Abbey School was the location for the pilot episode "Tomkinson's Schooldays."
Nuts In May
1976
Mike Leigh, BBC

Dorset
BBC Birmingham head of drama David Rose, who grew up in Swanage, suggested the idea for this cult black comedy about a camping holiday here, the entire film being shot outdoors (apart from a brief scene in Corfe’s Greyhound pub). A couple of council workers, the Pratts, drive down in their Morris Minor coupe and get into arguments with campsite neighbours etc. On view are Sandbanks Ferry, Corfe, Purbeck Hills, a Purbeck quarry [dino footprint scene], Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth, the coastal path to St Aldhelm's and The Square & Compass pub at Worth Matravers.

Rogue Male
1976
Clive Donner, BBC
Dorset
Unlike the 1940 Hollywood-studio adaptation called Man Hunt, this version of the famous Geoffrey Household spy novel was filmed on location, first in Germany and then [52 mins in] in the west Dorset locales around Cattistock where much of the story takes place. (The one recognizable location is the Fox Inn there.)
The Man In The Iron Mask
1976
Mike Newell, ITC/NBC-TV
Dorset
This expensive made-for-TV costume drama starring Richard Chamberlain and Patrick McGoohan used mainly real French chateaux, but in a pair of action scenes the Purbecks double as France: a carriage chase atop the Coast Downs and a swordfight at Dancing Ledge.
The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin
1976-80
BBC
Dorset
Burton Freshwater beach at West Bay is seen in the opening titles where Reggie leaves his clothes on the beach and plunges into the sea, and when he finally disappears at the end of Series One disguised as a tramp, he heads towards Lyme via Burton Bradstock. In Ep 6, Reggie's first day of wandering takes him from West Bay to Burton Bradstock to Lyme Regis to Beaminster.
Children Of The Stones
1977
Peter Graham Scott, HTV
Wiltshire
Jeremy Burnham and Trevor Ray’s SF drama serial used Avebury as the main setting of ‘Milbury’ as it has a megalithic stone circle at the edge of the village, and is said to have inspired the story. Exteriors were shot on location in 16mm, with some "prop" stones added to the real ones for the shoot.
Children Of The New Forest
1977
John Frankau, BBC
Hampshire
This 5-part adapation was the first version of the story to use colour location filming, in 16mm. Location details not known.
Julia
1977
Fred Zinnemann, 20C Fox
Isle Of Wight
The Isle Of Wight is a credited location for this adaptation of Lillian Hellman's pseudo-memoir Pentimento. Presumably [details not known], it appears in the framing scenes portraying Hellman and Dashiell Hammett's US beach house.
The Four Feathers
1977
Don Sharp, NBC-TV
Hampshire, Wiltshire
Several stately homes and their grounds were used for the scenes of 1880s English country life in this US made-for-TV production starring Beau Bridges, Robert Powell, and Simon Ward, including Littlecote House in east Wilts.
Valentino
1977
Ken Russell, UA
Bournemouth, Poole
Russell's biopic of the silent star as a sensitive artist tormented everywhere by a mindless mob of fans has Bournemouth and Poole doubling for 20s Hollywood. The driveway to his Hollywood mansion is above Flaghead Chine in Poole, while its facade and interiors are the Russell-Cotes Museum on Bournemouth's East Cliff. The RCM also stands in earlier on, as the home of the actress played by Carol Kane, and the house where he poses for arty stills. The back garden of the Royal Bath Hotel next to the RCM was also used. Westbourne's Grand Cinema (now a bingo parlour) is where Felicity Kendall and a female audience watch the seduction scene in The Sheik.
Jubilee
1977
Derek Jarman
Dorset
Jarman went to school in the area, and used it in a few of his indie films, like this one, where the finale was shot at Tilly Whim Quarry.
Target
1977-8
Philip Hinchcliffe [pr.], BBC

Hampshire
This 17-ep Regional Crime Squad drama series in the tough "Sweeney" mold, starring Patrick Mower, was set and filmed, all on location, in Southampton and surrounding area.

Return Of The Saint
1978
ITC

Isle of Wight
The double-ep Collision Course, released abroad as the syndicated telefeature The Saint And The Brave Goose, is partly set at Cowes during the power boat races, and exteriors also show the coast towards The Needles lighthouse.

The Mayor Of Casterbridge
1978
BBC
Dorset
This version all shot on the then-new colour VTR system was entirely shot in the Corfe Castle area. The village (no castle in sight) portrays early-Victorian “Casterbridge” and the Scott Arms inn at Kingston above Corfe still has Henchard's prop tombstone in its beer garden.
The 39 Steps
1978
Don Sharp, Rank
Dorset
Portland is listed on various location-guide websites, but with no details. It may be some of the interiors of the Victorian fortifications there doubled as WWI-era London stairways, docks, etc.
Worzel Gummidge
1978-81
Southern TV

Hampshire
The New Forest was used for a number of scenes of this children's TV series starring Jon Pertwee, about a scarecrow with magical abilities. The Xmas special titled 'A Cup O' Tea An' A Slice O' Cake' also filmed scenes in (suitably snow-covered) Lymington's Georgian alleyways.

Blake's 7
1978-83
BBC
Dorset, Poole, Hampshire
Another example of the BBC using Dorset sandpits and quarries as exotic locations, in this case other planets: Bovington Camp Sandpit, Winspit Quarry, Binnegar Heath sandpit, Poole's Nuffield Road site. The 1978 episode ‘Duel’ was exterior-filmed in the New Forest [acc to IMDB, at Hazel Hill, Shave Green, and Suters Corrage], here portraying a wooded planetary surface.
Potter
1979
BBC
Bournemouth, Poole
This short-lived Arthur Lowe sitcom filmed exteriors in Bournemouth and Canford Cliffs, Poole.
To The Manor Born
1979-83; 2007
BBC

E Somerset
For this popular tv sitcom (originally written for radio), the Cricket St. Thomas estate was used for the house exteriors and grounds of "Grantleigh Manor", situated north of Lyme (as it is in reality).

A Question Of Guilt
1980
various dirs, BBC

Dorset
Some exteriors seem to have been filmed in Evershot for this portmanteau historical docudrama series on female murder suspects.

Spearhead
1979-81
various dirs, Southern TV

Wiltshire
This drama series (described by Halliwell’s TV handbook as “Excellently done”), about a platoon of the fictitious ‘Royal Wessex Rangers’ regiment based at Tidworth in south-east Wiltshire and serving in Hong Kong, Ulster etc, included some ‘home’ scenes set in Wessex, as well as using Wilts to double as Ulster and probably other countries.

To Serve Them All My Days
1980
Terence Dudley, Peter Jefferies
BBC

Dorset
In this 13-part adaptation by Andrew Davies of an RF Delderfield novel-sequence, Milton Abbey School was used to portray a West Country school, "Bamfylde," in the decades after WWI.

Hannah
1980
Peter Jefferies, BBC
Dorset
Exteriors for this 4-part drama serial (supposedly meant as a follow-up to Bergerac) about a middle-aged housekeeper trying to start over as governess to a local vicar, were reportedly shot at Weymouth, portraying the script’s fictional “Radstowe.”
The Wildcats Of St. Trinian's
1980
Frank Launder
Isle Of Wight
The series' script setting of 'Barsetshire' was more Wiltshire (somewhere near Wantage racecourse), but here Wight was used whenever the usual Home Counties locations did not suffice.
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
1980
Karel Reiz, Juniper/UA
Dorset
The adaptation by Harold Pinter of John Fowles's contemplative period novel as a film-within-a-film shows Lyme Regis in modern as well as period (ie 1860s) guise. The modern picnic scene was shot nearby at Beer, East Devon.
Into The Labyrinth
1980-82
Peter Graham Scott, ITV

Somerset, Wiltshire
This 3-season children’s-fantasy adventure serial about time-travel, witches etc had ‘book-end’ scenes shot at Avebury and on Glastonbury. (cf Wikipedia: ‘The opening and closing book ends for seasons two and three were shot at Avebury stone circle and Glastonbury Tor, respectively.’)

Fair Stood The Wind For France
1981
BBC
Dorset
This adaptation of HE Bates's novel about an RAF crew downed in WW2 France used the Sturminster Newton area for its 'Continental' features, such as a local windmill.
The Trespasser
1981
Colin Gregg
Isle Of Wight
An independently-made adaptation, starring Alan Bates, of the DH Lawrence novel largely set on Wight.
Private Schulz
1981
Robert Chetwyn, BBC
Dorset
A Dorset County Council guidebook says Portland and nearby villages in SW Dorset were used for this fact-based satiric drama serial set in WWII written by 'I Claudius' scriptwriter (and former tax inspector) Jack Pulman, about the Nazis' 'Operation Bernhard' plan to flood Britain with counterfeit £5 notes. Dorset was used in Ep.3, when the luckless protagonist is parachuted into England: the Purbeck Hills and a chalk-cliff cove was a Channel-coast dropoff area for returning troops, while Studland Beach was a Dunkirk pick-up beach. The village where the spies fail to rendezvous at the Crown Inn appears to be Beaminster.
Scarf Jack
1981
Christopher McMaster, Southern Television
Hampshire, Dorset
This period juvenile 6 x 30mins serial scripted by poet PJ Kavanagh from his novel was set in 1790s Ireland, but filmed within Southern TV's own region, using Beauworth and Hinton Ampner House in Hampshire, and Shaftesbury in Dorset for street scenes, including Gold Hill cobbled lane.
Sense And Sensibility
1981
Rodney Bennett, BBC
Dorset, Somerset
In this colour-video production, Came House estate was Barton Park, Babington House was Norland's, and Crowcombe Court in Somerset was the London house, while Bath played itself.
Tenko
1981-4
BBC
Dorset
To supplement authentic overseas filming in Malaya, Series 1 and 2 filmed at an overgrown quarried area near Moreton (a similar area in Surrey was also used), with not one but two replica camps built at each end of Warmwell Sand And Gravel quarry (near Moreton railway bridge), one being reportedly blown up (presumably this being in the air raid at the end of Series 2). The reason for the 2 camps is that the women are relocated at the end of Series 1.
In The Secret State
1982
Christopher Morahan, BBC
Dorset
According to a County Council guide, this adaptation of Robert McCrum's 1980 novel concerning the growth of a big-brother database state as a reaction to industrial unrest was part-filmed in and around Burton Bradstock in SW Dorset. The story setting ranges from Whitehall to Southampton to Cornwall, and SW Dorset presumably stood in for the latter.
The Barchester Chronicles
1982
David Giles, BBC
Hampshire
This was mainly filmed in Peterborough, but Trollope's 'Barchester' novels are said inspired partly by Salisbury Cathedral, and this 7-part adaptation of two novels back to back also used Breamore House south of Salisbury.
Beau Geste
1982
Douglas Camfield, BBC
Dorset
For this 8-part serial, the BBC Childrens Unit again resorted to Dorset for low-budget substitutes for exotic locations, in this case using a large sand quarry pit near Moreton for exteriors, erecting a Saharan Foreign Legion outpost, a full-size plaster 'Fort Zinderneuf' in its midst. The main gate, parade ground and gunnery rooms in Weymouth's 19C Nothe Fort were used as Fort Saint-Jean, the Legion's training depot in Marseilles. An unidentified manor house with lake portrayed the Geste brothers' family home.
Only Fools And Horses
1981-91
BBC

Bournemouth, Dorset, Wiltshire
The famous episode 'A Touch of Glass,' where the boys are hired to clean a priceless chandelier was filmed in West Dorset. The opening was at Sutton Waldron (between Shaftesbury and Blandford), and the stately home, Clayesmore School (the former Iwerne Manor) near Blandford. The village of Iwerne Minster was also used for the Cornwall-set 1983 episode 'Friday The 14th'. In 'It Never Rains', Knoll House Hotel, nearby Studland Beach and Bournemouth doubled for Benidorm. The series's London-set exteriors were mainly shot at Bristol, but Salisbury was used for various street-market scenes, and sometimes for scenes at the boys' local pub.

By The Sea
1982
Bill Wilson, BBC

Dorset, Poole
In this Two Ronnies special, a slapstick attempt at seaside-postcard humour, Swanage and Studland play the resort of 'Tiddley Cove.' Locations include Swanage steam-railway station, pier (as it was then) and seafront, Swanage's Grand Hotel and Studland's Knoll House Hotel grounds, Studland Beach (with beach huts), and Poole Park railway.

Remembrance
1983
Colin Gregg, Channel 4
Dorset
Parts of this Falklands War drama, about soldiers searching for someone just before they sail from Portsmouth, were filmed in Weymouth and Portland.
Mansfield Park
1983
David Giles, BBC
Hampshire, Somerset
Ken Taylor’s adaptation was shot using Somerley House near Ringwood as Mansfield Park, plus Brympton d'Evercy in Somerset for scenes set at Sotherton Court.
Don’t Wait Up
1983-90
BBC

Bournemouth, New Forest
The Bournemouth residential suburb of Talbot Woods was used to double outer London in exteriors for this sitcom, as well as Southbourne and Christchurch. (Co-star Nigel Havers has said Bournemouth was used as the parking was so much easier.) The New Forest was used for scenes where the characters go for a drive.

Nineteen Eighty-Four
1984
Michael Radford, Umbrella-Rosenblum Films/ 20C Fox/Virgin Films
Wiltshire
This first colour production, filmed the year Orwell’s 1948 novel was originally set, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton, has recurring shots of Winston's fantasy of meeting Julia among green downs, filmed at The Roundway, a semi-circle of hills near Devizes. A hangar at RAF Hullavington near Chippenham was used for the "Two Minutes Hate" crowd scene.
Moonfleet
1984
Colin Cant, BBC
Dorset
This 6-part adaptation of the classic smuggling adventure set in 1750s Dorset and Wight uses Dorset locations from Chesil Bank to Wimborne Minster (Deans’ Court cellars as the smugglers crypt).
The Bounty
1984
Roger Donaldson, Dino De Laurentiis Prod'ns
Wiltshire
The story’s flashback-framework scenes, where Bligh is being court martialled for losing his ship, were shot in Wilton House's Double-Cube Room.
Robin Of Sherwood
(US title Robin Hood)
1984
Richard Carpenter, Goldcrest/ HTV
Somerset, Wiltshire
The cult series was partly shot in Wiltshire using Lacock Abbey [as Kirklees Abbey], Castle Combe village area, and Bradford-Upon-Avon’s preserved tithe-barn [as Nottingham’s Great Hall]; and in Somerset, using Hinton Priory, Farleigh Hungerford Castle, with 'Loxley' village sets on the Mells Park Estate.
John Wycliffe: The Morning Star
1984
Tony Tew, Gateway Films

Dorset
Locations for this religious biopic about the 14th-C reformer include Athelhampton House.

Miss Marple
1984-91
BBC

Hampshire, Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset
This long-running series, starring John Hickson, faithfully adapted all the Marple novels, usually as 2- or 3-part hour-long episodes (often later compiled into telefeatures). Nether Wallop in Hampshire portayed Miss Marple's home village of 'St Mary Mead'; Bournemouth appeared in “The Body In The Library”, where parts of the Carlton, Highcliff and Royal Bath Hotels portray 'The Majestic,' the story's large seafront hotel in "Danemouth", and old Council buildings in Shillito Rd in Branksome (Poole) portray the police HQ. The west Dorset villages of West Milton-Powerstock appear (as 'Chipping Cleghorn') in “A Murder Is Announced” while Sherborne plays the nearby spa town of Medenham where Marple stays; Milton Abbas village, West Bay and (as "Dillmouth") Lyme Regis (incl. the Undercliff) appear in 'Sleeping Murder.' Somerley House near Ringwood appears in "The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side."

The Russian Soldier
1985
Gavin Millar, BBC
Dorset
A post-Chernobyl drama filmed in the countryside around Sherborne in north Dorset.
Lifeforce
1985
Tobe Hooper, Cannon

Christchurch
This adaptation of Colin Wilson's The Space Vampires, directed by horror-specialist Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) shot 2nd-unit scenes for its London-ablaze finale at Tucktonia, the now-demolished 1970s-80s theme park which had at 4 acres had the world's biggest model-Britain landscape.

A View To A Kill
1985
John Glen, UA
Christchurch
According to the Echo [13-6-07] this Roger Moore 007 adventure shot a scene (presumably involving an explosion) at the “MOD testing ground off Boundary Lane in Christchurch.” (MOD policy is to avoid identification of its properties for security reasons.)
Return To Oz
1985
Walter Murch, Disney
Wiltshire
The area around Chitterne village on mid-Salisbury Plain was used for the Kansas-set scenes.
The Black Tower
1985
Ronald Wilson, Anglia TV
Dorset
Shot on video with patently soundstage interiors, the main location exteriors in this 6-part PD James 'Adam Dalgleish' mystery drama are the Kimmeridge clifftop by the Tower (painted black as per the title), and as the stately-home monastic-retreat main setting, nearby Encombe House.
The Collectors
1985
various, BBC

Poole, Hampshire, Dorset
This 10-part Saturday-evening drama from the producer of Juliet Bravo and The Onedin Line, about the work of Customs & Excise, was set in a fictional Dorset port (called 'Wrelling') and was the major use to date of Poole as a location. Locations include Poole Harbour, Yacht Club, Customs House, quayside, town centre, Upton House [casino], The Mansion House (restaurant), King Charles Inn, Sandbanks [esplanade], Compton Acres Gardens [gardens of 2 upmarket homes], Lilliput [church hall]; and Hamworthy [pier]. There are also nearby Dorset locations: Creech Grange [as French chateau]; Hurn Airport [as 'West Holme' airport]; Studland [beach], Sturminster Newton [livestock market], as well as Boscombe [ice-cream factory].

Howard's Way
1985-90
BBC
Hampshire
This was BBC's hit drama serial of the 1980s, about small boat-builders on the Solent. The main location was the Hamble River off Southampton Water, plus Burlesdon village, and Lymington marina. Various other locations doubled as foreign locales: Hamble village as Italy, Warsash as the USA; Somerley Manor as a French chateau; Southampton Town Hall as a Swiss bank; The Solent ferry as the QEII; and Hurn Airport as New York airport.
A Seaside Story
1986
Roger Lambert, Prologue Prodns / Thames TV
Dorset
This youth drama, written by the director, was shot at Lyme Regis, details not known. IMDB plot summary: "Two seventeen year old boys visit Lyme Regis for a weekend. Martin is self confident and chases girls, Sam is a dreamer, and finds ecology far more interesting! They stay at a guest house run by a very eccentric old lady. The film follows their serio-comic adventures."
Blackadder II
1986
John Lloyd, BBC

Wiltshire
In the series set in Elizabethan times, the Palladian-style ornate bridge and gardens of Elizabethan-era Wilton House appear behind the end titles, and in the only exterior-shot scene in the series.

The Day After The Fair
1986
BBC / A&E
Wiltshire
A Xmas drama, from a West End play based on Hardy’s story ‘Under The Western Circuit’, is set and was shot in Salisbury, locations including Mompesson House.
Northanger Abbey
1986
BBC
Wiltshire
Bowood House estate was used for the cliffside walk and rowboat scenes, and Corsham Court as the Fullerton's rectory, plus Bath as itself (Pump Room, Roman Baths, Royal Crescent).
Brat Farrar
1986
Leonard Lewis, BBC/A&E Dorset

Dorset
This longer and more faithful adaptation of Josephine Tey's classic identity-switch thriller [see Paranoiac, 1961] was also partly shot on the Dorset coast, this time at Smedmore House above Kimmeridge Bay.

Comrades
1986
Bill Douglas, BFI/Skreba

Dorset
For this realistic 3-hour re-enactment of the 1830s Tolpuddle Martyrs episode, Tolpuddle is played by Tyneham, the long-deserted Purbeck hamlet taken over by the MOD in WW2, here dressed with 'cob' textured plaster facades. (The snow is real.) Dorchester plays itself in the court, jail, printer's shop, and High Street scenes. Maiden Castle and the Lulworth Ranges appear as the surrounding countryside, with Cerne Giant glimpsed in the opening. Parts of Piddlehinton were used and a church interior was also shot at Winterborne Whitechurch.

JerUSalem
1987
Paolo Hewitt, Style Council
Dorset
Music video starring the "boho soul group" The Style Council, said inspired by Colin MacInnes's novel Absolute Beginners, shot in the Purbecks at Tilly Whim Caves, Worth Matravers etc.
Suspicion
1987
Andrew Grieve, HTV

Somerset?
This is a remake of a Hitchcock film script shot in Hollywood in 1941, but here filmed on location. While the original novel (a 1932 cult crime novel) was set in Dorset, the adaptation (which keeps the 1941 ending) is set in Somerset, where it appears it was mainly filmed [details not known].

Full Metal Jacket
1987
Stanley Kubrick, WB

Dorset
Due to his fear of flying, Kubrick shot his films in Britain, and Dorset was reportedly used for some roadside scenes of the soldiers advancing. The IMDB has Dorset used for "Vietnam countryside scenes" but no details are given.(There are also rumours he filmed a scene at Compton Acres ornamental gardens in Poole.)

Maurice
1987
Merchant-Ivory
Wiltshire, Dorset
Wilbury Park near Amesbury and the boathouse at Dorset's Crichel Manor were used in the team's adaptation of yet another EM Forster novel.
[A] Hazard Of Hearts
1987
John Hough, Gainsborough
Dorset
The first of Gainsborough's intended series of Barbara Cartland adaptations for US television, the Stair Hole area on the west side of Lulworth Cove was used in the finale of this costume drama.
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
(Inspector Wexford series)
1987-2000
ITV
Hampshire, Dorset, Isle Of Wight
The Inspector Wexford series starring George Baker used Romsey as its central market-town locale of 'Kingsmarkham' in Hampshire (the novels were set in Sussex). The local magistrates' court played the police station, and various amenities like pubs and parks were used. Other locations in the surrounding area were also used, mainly Southampton for more urban settings (including London and China), New Forest locales (Rhinefield Hotel, the village of Wellow, the Breamore Estate [as 'Tancred House] ) for woodland country scenes. Bournemouth portrayed Kingsmarkham when a greater variety of modern architecture was needed, as well as itself on occasion. The Isle of Wight (St. Catherine’s Lighthouse area) also appeared.
First Born
1988
Philip Saville, BBC
Wiltshire
Scenes were filmed around the county for this 3-part SF psychological drama adapted by Ted Whitehead from Maureen Duffy's novel Gor Saga, with Charles Dance as a genetic researcher who creates a human/ape hybrid child. Locations included Calne, Savernake Forest, Longleat Safari Park, and New Wardour Castle country manor house SW of Salisbury.
Christabel
1988
Adrian Shergold, BBC/A&E
Dorset
This Dennis Potter adaptation of a memoir (The Past Is Myself by Christabel Bielenberg) of an English girl who married a German staff officer who opposed Hitler was mainly shot abroad, the Dorset scenes being presumably of her childhood.
The Lady And The Highwayman
1988
John Hough, Gainsborough
Dorset
The second [see Hazard Of Hearts, 1987] of Gainsborough's Cartland adaptations, this time from her "Cupid Rides Pillion." The Winspit quarry caves and Purbeck Downs appear in the opening scene, involving the escape of Charles II (Michael York) with the help of his loyal Cavalier the "Silver Blade" (Hugh Grant), after which the location shifts elsewhere.
Rockliffe’s Folly
1988
BBC
Dorset
In this short-lived police serial made as a spinoff from the popular London-based Rockliffe's Babies, the fed-up Scotland Yard detective played by Ian Hogg moves to the Wessex coast for a change of pace, and finds the provinces have problems of their own. Weymouth portrays the central setting of "Maidenport;" though the police station seen was Dorchester's, and Bridport was also used for town scenes, plus the Abbotsbury and Askerswell-Loders areas for country scenes.
The Woman In Black
1989
Herbert Wise, BBC
Wiltshire
Susan Hill’s popular modern ghost-story novel (still running as a stage play), adapted by Nigel Kneale for the BBC’s then-annual “Xmas ghost story” slot, is set elsewhere, near a coastal market town but the high-street market-day scenes were shot at Lacock.
Gentlemen And Players
1988–1989
[various], TVS/ ITV
Wiltshire
This 13-hour drama serial concerning two business rivals used Landford Lodge country house near the Wiltshire / New Forest boundary as one of the City financiers' country homes.
Doombeach
1989
Channel 4/ Childrens' Film Unit
Dorset
A juvenile “Edge Of Darkness” almost entirely shot in the Purbecks, with town scenes (school and hospital) filmed in Swanage, outdoors scenes shot in Durlston Park, on the Purbeck Hills, and Lulworth Army Ranges, while Poole Hospital portrayed a nuclear plant.
Scandal
1989
Michael Caton-Jones, Palace Pictures /Miramax
Wilts
Wilton House was one of the stately homes used for this fact-based drama about the sex 'n spying scandal that nearly brought down the government in the mid-60s, the Christine Keeler/ Profumo affair.
The Strange Affliction Of Anton Bruckner
1990
Ken Russell, Dreamgrange/ITV
Hampshire
This hour-long docudrama, made for The South Bank Show, on the Austrian composer's stay, after one of his nervous breakdowns, at a secluded sanitarium in a Continental forest, had its opening and closing scene shot at the Rhinefield Hotel, and woodland scenes shot in the surrounding New Forest.
A Ghost In Monte Carlo
1990
John Hough, Gainsborough
Dorset
From a 1951 novel by Barbara Cartland, this was the last of 3 costume romances made by a revived Gainsborough as tv movies around this time, all mainly shot elswhere but with some local filming of coastal scenes. This one used the coast path above Durdle Door for a runaway-carriage scene.
Saviour's Day
1990
Gordon Elsbury
Dorset
This music-video done for Cliff Richard's 50th birthday, used also to promote his Xmas single of the same name, was shot on the Purbeck coast, atop or adjacent to Durdle Door clifftop rock-arch.
Waiting For God
1990-95
BBC
Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Dorset
Though the location scenes at the retirement-home "for the nearly dead" were shot elsewhere (no doubt for legal reasons), Bournemouth was used in exteriors as the town is the central story locale. (The sitcom's title was a play on Bournemouth's nickname 'God's waiting room' as much as to Beckett's play Waiting For Godot.) As well as Bournemouth's Town Hall, Square, JobCentre, high-street shops etc, also used were locations in Poole and Christchurch (e.g. the Hospital), and some sequences were shot in the surrounding countryside, e.g at Milton Abbas.
The Brittas Empire
1990-6
BBC
Hampshire, Bournemouth, Christchurch
For the popular sitcom about the manager, played by Chris Barrie (of Red Dwarf), of a local leisure centre, all exteriors were shot at Ringwood Recreation Centre. As the series went on to become a hit, and the scriptwriters opened out the setting, Southampton, Bournemouth, and Christchurch were also used. For example, Bournemouth's Norfolk Royale was a Brussels EU boardroom and later a conference-site hotel in the final series, when Mudeford was used in a beach scene.
One Foot In The Grave
1990-98
Susan Belbin /Christine Gernon, BBC
Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset, Hampshire
For this popular long-running sitcom by David Renwick, exterior filming was concentrated in the conurbation. The house where the prematurely-retired Victor "I don't believe it!" Meldrew lives was exterior-filmed at Walkford in Highcliffe outside Christchurch, with other scenes shot at such central Bournemouth locations as the Norfolk Hotel [as Victor's place of employment etc], Micawber's Wine Bar, and Boscombe Pier. Downtown Poole was also used, and scenes of various miserable or disastrous attempts at a day out in the country were filmed at Kimmeridge Bay, in the New Forest, etc. The series' finale was shot at an underpass just outside Winchester.
The Green Man
1991
Elijah Moshinsky, BBC/A&E

Dorset
For this 3-part Malcolm Bradbury adaptation of Kingsley Amis's ghost-story-as-Christian-parable novel, West Dorset doubled the Cambridgeshire locale. This was perhaps due to its star Albert Finney, who had long owned the film rights, having filmed in this area in 1963 for Tom Jones, and knew it held old woodlands suitable for the scenes where trees come to life. Exteriors for the £1.7 million production were filmed, in high summer, on a wooded private estate owned by an Austrian millionaire which held an 18th-C manor house (Upcerne Manor and Dominey's Yard by Buckland Newton have both been suggested), representing the story's eponymous haunted inn.

Five Children And It
(US video title: The Sand Fairy)
1991
Marilyn Fox, BBC

Dorset
This Edwardian children's serial from The Strand Magazine serial The Psammead, the first part of the "5 Children" trilogy by Railway Children author E.Nesbit, was exterior-shot around Wolfeton near Dorchester, with a local sandpit used for the scene where the children find a wish-granting Psammead or "sand fairy." (Not to be confused with the 2004 feature remake, this 2nd BBC version of the novel was followed by a BBC spinoff serial with a different cast, Return Of The Psammead [qv] in 1993, and then part two of the original trilogy, The Phoenix And The Carpet, in 1997, qv)

A Murder Of Quality
1991
Gavin Millar, Thames TV

Dorset
John le Carre's adaptation of an early 'Smiley' novel, where he investigates a murder at his old school, starring Denholm Elliot and Glenda Jackson, and done as a postwar period piece, was no doubt filmed at Sherborne as LeCarre himself attended school here. The Abbey, the high street and parts of the boys' school appear.

The Secret Life Of Arnold Bax
1992
Ken Russell, ITV
Hampshire
For this late entry in his long series of lyrical TV docudramas about composers for The South Bank Show, Russell (who also plays Bax) used Highcliffe Castle, a then just-restored Georgian stately home on the clifftop overlooking the western end of the Solent, and the beach for a fantasy-dance scene.
The Good Guys
1992
LWT
Dorset
The episode "Going West" of this comedy-adventure series was shot at West Bay, with the finale at Bovington Camp Tank Museum.
Archer's Goon
1992
Marilyn Fox, BBC

Salisbury
The 6-part TV adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones's children's 1984 modern-Gothic fantasy novel was filmed in Salisbury.

Mulberry
1992
BBC

Bournemouth, Dorset
BBC's never-completed supernatural comedy-drama series, Karl Howman's followup to his sitcom Brush Strokes [which may have shot exteriors locally], filmed exteriors in and around the Bournemouth area (Throop Mill, Westbourne Arcade, town centre), using High Hall house near Wimborne as the central locale, with some village exteriors shot nearby at Witchampton. Purbeck towns [Wool rail station, Wareham bridge] also appear.

Robin Hood - Prince Of Thieves
1992
Kevin Reynolds, Warners
Wiltshire, Hampshire
For this US production shot at locations from Beachy Head to Hadrian's Wall, Old Wardour Castle in south Wiltshire was used as the ruin of Locksley Castle, where Robin discovers his father's corpse hanging in chains. Some Sherwood scenes were shot in the New Forest, with the initial horseback chase into Sherwood filmed on open heath at Hampton Ridge NE of Fordingbridge, and a village built in the Mark Ash woodland near Bolderwood.
The Insatiable Mrs Kirsch
(Die Unersättliche Mrs. Kirsch)
1992 / 1996
Ken Russell, C4 /Regina Ziegler Filmproducktion/ Westdentscher Rundfunk
Dorset
Ken Russell's shaggy-dog-story contribution to this Euro-funded late-night-TV series of half-hour dramas annoyed its backers, and wasn't shown for 4 years. Starring his then-wife Hetty Baynes, it was filmed at a Purbeck seashore-quarry [clifftop-viewpoint opening], in Studland [large resort hotel], Wareham [tearooms, cinema etc], with a glimpse of Corfe Castle in the final shots. A replica of the Cerne Giant was created on a hillside near Worth Matravers for the denouement where the actress does a fertility dance.
Return Of The Psammead
[US: The Return Of The Sand Fairy/The Return Of It]
1993
Marilyn Fox, BBC

Isle Of Wight
This 6-part BBC followup to their 1991 Edwardian children's Five Children And It serial [qv] shot scenes on the Isle of Wight, including its preserved steam railway.

Lady Chatterley
1993
Ken Russell, Global Arts/London Films/BBC
Isle Of Wight
Locally-resident director Ken Russell again used his home ground for this 3-part DH Lawrence TV adaptation. Scenes set at the railway station were shot on the IOW Steam Railway (Havenstreet Stn), at Lady C's father's South-of-France seaside villa at several IOW clifftop estates (Old Park Hotel and Lisle Combe house in the Rare Breeds Park at St. Lawrence, plus Blackgang Chine theme-park maze), while the IOW ferry was used for the ocean-liner finale.
Harnessing Peacocks
1993
James Cellan Jones, Meridian TV

Dorset, Wiltshire
This contemporary TV version of another Mary Wesley novel (post Camomile Lawn) set in a Cornish seaside town used Lyme Regis's George's Square, Monmouth St, Broad St, plus parts of Salisbury to supplement a range of other, less local, locations.

Middlemarch
1994
Anthony Page, BBC
Dorset, Somerset
Though the main location for this BBC adaptation by Andrew Davies of the George Eliot novel was Stamford, Lincs. (as the title village), other scenes were shot more locally, at Brympton d'Evercy and in east Dorset.
The Madness Of King George
1994
Nicholas Hytner, Samuel Goldwyn
Wiltshire
The interiors of Windsor Castle for this Alan Bennett drama starring Nigel Hawthorne were shot at Wilton House, with its Double Cube Room seen in the opening concert etc.
The Browning Version
1995
Mike Figgis, Paramount GB

Dorset
For this updated i.e. 1990s-set, widescreen version of the postwar Rattigan play, filmed in lush June end-of-term weather, two locations were combined. The main location for school and village scenes was Milton Abbas, with Sherborne mainly used where high-street amenities like bookshops were required.

Call Red
1995
ITV
Dorset, Hampshire
This drama series about a helicopter paramedic team based in the Portsmouth area (the closest real-life heliport base being at Lee On Solent) filmed scenes along the coast and in the New Forest, including a jetliner crash in woodland near Hurn airport.
The Buccaneers
1995
Philp Saville, BBC
Hampshire
This miniseries adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel about 4 young American women looking for suitable marriage prospects among the English upper class used a wide range of locations in the US and the UK, including Houghton Lodge near Stockbridge, as "Runnymede House," the home of the character played by Jenny Agutter.
Restoration
1995
Michael Hoffman, Miramax
Somerset, Dorset
Set in London and Suffolk circa 1663, exteriors of Forde Abbey in west Dorset, interiors of Brympton d'Evercy in Somerset, and Mapperton Manor's sunken Italianate garden in west Dorset were used in this large-budget extravaganza made from Rose Tremain's 1660s-set 1989 novel for the Film Centenary 1996, starring Robert Downey, Hugh Grant, Sam Neill, and Meg Ryan.
Pride And Prejudice
1995
Simon Langton, BBC

Wiltshire
This international hit drama-serial version starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth was shot at over 20 locations around England. The local-interest ones are in Wiltshire: Lacock preserved village (Meryton village scenes, with The Red Lion Pub as the Assembly Rooms) and Abbey (as Cambridge university interiors), plus nearby Luckington Court (as 'Longbourn,' the Bennet family home), Luckington Church being used for the wedding scene.

Sense And Sensibility
1995
Ang Lee, Columbia

Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire
This feature adaptation starring Emma Thompson was largely shot in south Devon. Locations closer to home include Montacute House in Somerset as ‘Cleveland’, home to the Palmers (where Marianne falls ill), and several locations in Salisbury - Mompesson House played the house where the family stay on their London visit, Cathedral Close played a London street, nearby Wilton House's Double Cube Room was used for the London ball scene, and Trafalgar Park south of Salisbury played Barton Park. Winterborne Clenston Church near Blandford in Dorset was also reportedly used for the wedding. Evershot was used for a street scene.

Persuasion
1995
Roger Michell, BBC
Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire
This BBC feature version, shown overseas in selected cinemas, was shot on location in Super-16mm, using more natural light than before to create a more realistically smoky look, in Lyme (including the Cobb) and Bath (both portraying themselves c1815), with country scenes shot in Somerset and Wiltshire (Sheldon Manor as Uppercross).
Gulliver's Travels
1995
Charles Sturridge, Henson Prodns, Hallmark Ent/ NBC
Dorset
This 3-hour $20m adaptation, starring Ted Danson and an all-star cast of English actors in various satiric-eccentric roles, included town and harbour scenes shot at Shaftesbury, Bridport and West Bay, and there were various setups on the west Dorset coast portraying both England and (intercut with scenes shot in Portugal) the shores of several fabled lands (e.g. Black Ven as the land of the Houyhnhnms).
Emma
1996
Doug McGrath, Miramax
Dorset, Somerset
For this Jane Austen cinema adaptation starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Evershot in west Dorset portrayed Emma's village of "Highbury" in several scenes. Neighbouring stately homes were portrayed by Mapperton Manor [as 'Randalls', and 'Hartfield' back garden], West Stafford House, Crichel House [as 'Donwell Abbey', in archery scene] and Came House outside Dorchester [as Emma's home of 'Hartfield']. In Somerset, Coker Court and adjoining East Coker church were used, while the ford scene where Emma's carriage gets stuck in the river is Moreton ford in central Dorset. The picnic and strawberry-picking scenes were shot at Bulbarrow Hill in North Dorset. Dorset woodlands are seen throughout.
Portrait Of A Lady
1996
Jane Campion, Polygram

Wiltshire
This adaptation of Henry James's novel by New Zealand director Jane Campion used a range of locations, including Wilton House and Heale House Gardens north of Salisbury.

The Missing Postman
1996
Alan Dossor, BBC Scotland

Poole, Dorset
This 2-parter was largely shot locally, in the area where author/scriptwriter Mark Wallington (of 500 Mile Walkies fame) grew up, and the novel is initially set in this area, though in a fictional town, 'Holmouth.' The protagonist's home is in the Hamworthy district of Poole, and the Police Station, Baiter Park, the JobCentre, Parkstone sorting centre and other parts of Poole are seen. Wareham Bridge, a Stour bridge and the main road past Badbury area also doubled for a few other non-local story locales during the postman's epic cycle ride up to the Isle of Arran in Scotland.

Moll Flanders
1996/1997
Pen Densham, MGM
Somerset, Wiltshire
In this US-coproduction feature starring Robin Wright Penn, 18th-C. London is played by Lacock village and the George Inn, at Norton St. Philip in East Somerset. (Note: the 1996 ITV miniseries starring Alex Kingston, which was re-titled The Fortunes And Misfortunes Of Moll Flanders to avoid confusion, is sometimes listed as also having scenes shot at Lacock.)
The Prince And The Pauper
1996
Andrew Morgan, BBC

Christchurch
For this Sunday-afternoon BBC-1 family-serial version of Mark Twain's children's novel, scripted and produced by Dorset-resident actor-writer Julian Fellowes, Christchurch Priory was used as Westminster Abbey for the climactic Coronation scene. Reportedly the Priory now looked more like the Abbey as it was in 1587, due in the writer-producer's words to Westminster's anachronistic 'litany of Victorian tombs.'

Drovers' Gold
1997
BBC Wales
Somerset
Frome was used for the final scenes at the Smithfield's meat market in this historical drama of the days of cattle drives from Wales to London.
Fierce Creatures
1997
Robert Young, Universal

Winchester
This attempt to follow up the success of the anarchic A Fish Called Wanda with a "transatlantic" sitcom-style story (originally titled "Death Fish II") used Winchester's Marwell Zoological Park as its central setting.

The Scarlet Tunic
1997
Stuart St. Paul, Scarlet Films
Dorset
This Napoleonic-era tragedy from Hardy's short story "The Melancholy Hussar" was almost entirely shot on the Coast Downs in the Bridport-Chideock area, including Chideock Manor, with a few sea scenes shot around Portland and Seatown beach.
Wilde
1997
Brian Gilbert, BBC/Samuelson/ Sony
Dorset, Hampshire
The biopic starrring Stephen Fry shot scenes on the Dorset coast at Lulworth, Durdle Door [beach picnic], Studland, Swanage (pier), and the Encombe estate, as well as Houghton Lodge in Hampshire.
No Child Of Mine
1997
Peter Kosminsky, Meridian Broadcasting

Hampshire
Fact-based drama about child abuse, filmed at The Community School in Romsey, and in Southampton.

Mrs Brown
(US title Her Majesty Mrs Brown)
1997
John Madden, Ecosse Films
Isle of Wight, Wiltshire
This biographical drama starring Judi Dench as Victoria and Billy Connolly as the outspoken Scots groom who befriends her was partly set and shot at Victoria's retreat on the Isle of Wight, Osborne House, with Wilton House's Double Cube Room used for other interiors.
The Woodlanders
1997
Phil Agland, River Films / C4
Hampshire, Wiltshire
This adaptation of Hardy's novel by documentary filmmaker Phil Agland was filmed mainly in Breamore Wood (over two seasons) on the edge of the New Forest, also employing Winchester (town and Cathedral), plus Salisbury and the village of Alvediston in Wiltshire.
The History Of Tom Jones, A Foundling
1997
Metin Hüseyin, BBC/A&E
Dorset
The BBC1 drama-serial remake [see also under 1963] of the novel by Henry Fielding (who appears as onscreen narrator) was shot in West Dorset, using Mapperton Manor, Parnham Manor, Powerstock village and Golden Cap viewpoint.
Emma
1997
Diarmuid Lawrence, ITV
Wiltshire
Austen's 'Merytown' was played by Lacock preserved village, and Trafalgar Park House outside Salisbury was also used.
The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous
1997
Robert Knights, Lawson Productions /Anglia TV
Wiltshire
This 3-part adaptation of a Jilly Cooper novel set in 'Rutshire' was partly shot at Landford Lodge on the Wiltshire / New Forest boundary.
The Beggar Bride
1997
Diarmuid Lawrence, BBC
Hampshire, Dorset
This 2-part adaptation of a Gillian White novel about a woman who becomes a bigamist to help pay for child care used Somerley House, near Ringwood, as its main setting, with a finale shot on the Dorset coast.
Men Behaving Badly
1997
BBC
Dorset
The iconic image of the Cerne Abbas Giant appears in the series finale - an aerial shot in the episode where the lads have to get rid of a favourite old sofa.
Der Preis der Liebe
(The Price Of Love)
1997
ZDF TV

Dorset, Hampshire
This adaptation of a Rosamunde Pilcher romance novel was shot at Corfe Castle, in Bournemouth [Arcade, Airport], and at Somerley House estate.

The Phoenix And The Carpet
1997
Michael Kerrigan, BBC
Dorset
In this follow-up to Five Children And It [see under 1991], Studland Beach and Warmwell Quarry played exotic locations such as a South Seas isle in this E. Nesbitt magic-carpet children's story, where the children meet another magical creature - this time a fire-bird rather than sand-fairy, voiced by David Suchet. (Note: not to be confused the 1995 US adaptation The Phoenix And The Magic Carpet.)
Cash In Hand
1998
Justin Baldwin, Bald Eagle Films
Dorset
An independent production by a local film-maker which was not shown theatrically, this crime drama costarring Charley Boorman and Richard E. Grant about the chase that follows the finding a cashbox has an airport scene filmed at Hurn.
Still Crazy
1998
Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais
Wiltshire
This Spinal-Tap style comedy-drama from the veteran comedy team of Clement & LaFrenais, starring Billy Connolly, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall and Jimmy Nail, of a dysfunctional rock-band's comeback attempt, is largely set abroad. An early sequence was shot at Avebury, with the famous megalithic stone circle portraying the "Druids' Circle" where the group have a mystic experience convincing them to get back together.
Saving Private Ryan
1998
Stephen Spielberg, Dreamworks
Wiltshire
The Ryan family farmhouse, where the mother collapses when the Army car with the chaplain arrives with the bad news of her sons' deaths, was built for the production in wheatfields south of Avebury.
Tess Of The D’Urbervilles
1998
Ian Sharp, LWT/ ITV
Dorset, Wiltshire
This ITV dramatization of the Hardy tragedy made wide-ranging use of locations: Alton Pancras and area, Cerne Abbas [as ‘Kingsbere’], Minterne Magna, Frome Valley, Chettle, Burton Bradstock, Swanage [as “Sandbourne”] Pier, Promenade, and Railway; Stonehenge [finale].
The Sea Change
1998
Michael Bray, Winchester Films
Bournemouth
For this brittle romcom about a City financier rejected by his fiancee as humourless, the closing scene is set and filmed in Bournemouth [opening shot on end of pier; beach flashback; final scene on Boscombe pier]. He then hires the pier restaurant as they had their first date nearby.
Children Of The New Forest
1998
Andrew Morgan, BBC
Dorset, New Forest
This relatively free adaptation used more location filming than previous versions, much of it shot in Breamore Wood on the west side of the Avon Valley.
Monk Dawson
1998 / 2004
Tom Waller, De Warrenne Pictures
Dorset
Re-issued in 2004 as Passion Of The Priest, this adaptation of Piers Paul Read's award-winning 1969 novel about a young Catholic monk who later becomes a journalist amidst 60s London decadence used Milton Abbey School as the novel's Benedictine monastery boarding school.
The Scold’s Bridle
1998
David Thacker, BBC
Poole
This Minette Walters crime melodrama about mistreatment of women, past and present, was shot largely in and around Poole, using the Civic Centre, Quay, Police Stn, Shore Road and the docks area.
Harbour Lights
1998-9
Steve Lanning, BBC
Dorset
The producer and scriptwriter being West Bay area residents, this rather odd attempt to recreate the appeal of ITV's nostalgic Heartbeat, with Nick Berry as a nice-guy fishing-port harbourmaster to a set of creepy locals, used extensive filming in the West Bay ['Bridehaven'] area - Bridport, the Fleet Lagoon, the caves at Beer etc. (There are too many to list here but there is an extensive listing here.) The West Dorset holidays website adds, "Other West Dorset locations used for ‘Harbour Lights’ include Symondsbury, Abbotsbury, Eype, Charmouth, Pymore and Seatown."
Elizabeth
1998
Shekhar Kapur,
C4 /Polygram /Working Title
Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire
The film's long list of composite locations included Montacute House in Somerset and Athelhampton House in Dorset.
The Winslow Boy
1999
David Mamet, Columbia/ Sony
Isle Of Wight
Dramatisation of the Terence Rattigan play set at the naval cadet college on Wight (location details not known).
Guest House Paradiso
1999
Adrian Edmondson, Polygram
Isle Of Wight
This black-comedy feature, a spinoff of the Ade Edmondson/Rik Mayall BBC series Bottom, set at a clifftop guest house built next to a nuclear power plant and run by the disaster-prone pair, was set on Wight, using a special-effects model for the hotel, but with the roadway sequence reportedly also filmed there.
The End Of The Affair
1999
Neil Jordan, Columbia Pictures
Wilts
Wilton House was used for a scene in this 1940s-set adaptation of the Graham Greene novel set in London and Brighton.
Milk
1999
William Brookfield, Gummfluh /Arcane /Given// Trijbits /Sky Pictures /Remil / NFTS


A comedy-drama set on a Wiltshire dairy farm run by a 40-something man and his mother, beset by grasping relatives when the mother dies suddenly; shot in Wilts, details unknown.

The Accountant
1999
Andrew White
Bournemouth, Dorset
Locally-made crime drama shot in and around Bournemouth and at Verwood.
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd
2000
Andrew Grieve, ITV

Wiltshire
For this feature-length episode of David Suchet-as-Poirot series, Castle Combe played the fictional village of King's Abbott.

Billy Elliot
2000
Stephen Daldry, BBC/ Tiger Aspect/ Working Title

Wiltshire
Though the film was mainly shot up north where the story is set, the London Royal Ballet School, the film's stately-home style dance school was portrayed by Wardour New Castle, a Georgian manor house.

Chocolat
2000
Lasse Hallstrom, Miramax
Somerset, Wiltshire
English locations doubled as France in several scenes - Brympton d’Evercy and Salisbury (town scenes), Bruton (farm), and Fonthill estate near Salisbury (boating scenes).
Hound Of The Baskervilles
2000
Rodney Gibbons, Hallmark Ent Canada
Somerset
Montacute House was used as Baskerville Hall for this Canadian-TV version.
Reach For The Moon
2000
Rob Evans /Joanna Hogg, LWT
Isle Of Wight
This school drama, starring Linda Bellingham and Peter McEnery, was shot largely at the High School in Carisbrooke.
Happy Birthday Shakespeare
2000
Nick Hurran, BBC

Wiltshire
This 2-part TV contemporary comedy-drama with a Shakespearean motif (partly set and shot in Stratford), starring Neil Morrisey, had scenes shot on Salisbury Plain, including Stonehenge.

Maybe Baby
2000
Ben Elton, Pandora
Dorset?
The Cerne Giant, or a replica of it (accounts vary) appears in the finale of the UK version of this Ben Elton comedy of a couple trying to have a baby. (This seems to have been cut from US prints on the grounds the Giant as a symbol of fertility was deemed too obscure.)
Everyone's Happy
2000
Frances Lea, Footprint Films
Dorset
The Full Monty screenwriter Simon Beaufoy returned to Dorset, where he went to film school, to make this 65-minute drama feature about two couples meeting at a campsite. Shot in and around Swanage, locations include a local campground and the Pier.
Heading South
2001
Adrian Ward
Bournemouth, Dorset
This independent production by a local filmmaker used Bournemouth beach and night clubs and Blandford in mid-Dorset.
Pearl Harbor
2001
Michael Bay, Buena Vista
Dorset 
Dorset is credited as a location in the end credits, but no details are given. (Possibly Portland Castle in the scene 38 minutes in, of the Japanese staff planning their attack in a coastal fort.)
Gypsy Girl
2001
Marcus D.F. White, CITV
Hampshire
This 7 x 30 mins children's series from Southampton-based author Elizabeth Arnold's trilogy about a gifted Romany gypsy girl living on the edge of the New Forest seems to have been filmed there, details not known.
Les Visiteurs en Amérique
[Just Visiting]
2001
Jean-Marie Poiré, Buena Vista
Dorset
In this US remake of the smash-hit French comedy about time travelling, Les Visiteurs, Corfe Castle's dramatic skyline [shot from the top of the village church] provides a scene-setting intro shot of 'Malfete' castle.
Out Of The Ashes
2001
Dan Zeff, BBC

Dorset
Drama by award-winning filmmaker about the effect of foot and mouth disease on a family farm near Gillingham in north Dorset, where it was filmed.

Die Rose von Kerrymore
2001
Axel de Roche, ZDF/ORF

Dorset
Despite its Irish-sounding title, Rosamunde Pilcher’s novel The Rose Of Kerrymore is set in Dorset, shot at Weymouth [quayside scene], Old Harry Rocks, the Coast Downs around Kimmeridge, and a yet-unidentified stately home portraying "Kerrymore."

New Year's Day
2001
Suri Krishnamma, Films de Losange
Isle Of Wight
This youth drama was shot on Wight, details not known.
The Princess Diaries
2001
Garry Marshall, Walt Disney Pictures
Wiltshire
The palatial manor in the land of "Genovia" seen in an aerial shot in the finale of this mainly-US shot adult-fairtyale romance from Meg Cabot's novel is Longford Castle, on the Avon south of Salisbury.
Blood Of The Vikings
2001
BBC

Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire
Large-budget documentary mini-series (with matching book) on ancestral Viking heritage involving many locations and re-enactment scenes, shot in Scandinavia, Ireland, and GB. This included some locally-shot scenes, in Poole Harbour [Viking longship], at Verwood [on farm where Icelandic ponies are bred], on Salisbury Plain, and at Winchester.

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
(US:~And The Philosopher's Stone)
2001
Chris Columbus, Warners

Wiltshire
Lacock Abbey rooms were used for various classroom scenes: the Sacristy, the Chapter House and The Warming Room, with its [real] cauldron, and Harry's house is a building in Lacock village.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
2002
Chris Columbus, Warners
Wiltshire
For this sequel, Lacock village and Abbey were again used.
Elgar - Fantasy Of A Composer On A Bicycle
2002
Ken Russell, ITV
Isle Of Wight
This hour-long docudrama (a South Bank Show 40th anniversary follow-up to his 1962 docu Elgar), was part filmed at Ventnor (where the Elgars had honeymooned) and elsewhere on Wight, with KR's 4th wife Elize playing Lady Elgar. For the fantasy scenes visualising Elgar’s music (in this case The Wand of Youth Suite), locals were used as extras, e.g. pupils of the Gillian Cartwright School of Dance, Ventnor, as the fairies the programme alludes to, and the Medina Marching Band as the giants, marching through Godshill Model Village. Ventnor Botanical Gardens appear, and there are seashore scenes throughout.
K-19: The Widowmaker
2002
Kathryn Bigelow
Dorset
For this grim fact-based drama of a Soviet nuclear sub meltdown, shots of the sub on the surface were filmed off Portland, using a 50-foot long model.
Below
2002
David Twohy, Miramax
Dorset
For this WWII-set submarine horror drama, shots of a large-scale model sub were filmed off Portland.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
2002
Stuart Orme, ITV
Hampshire
Winchester College was one of a number of collegiate buildings around southern England used for this tv version, starring Martin Clunes.
The Real Jane Austen
2002
Nicky Pattison

Hampshire
This one-hour docudrama on the writer's life has scenes shot at Chawton, Steventon Church, and in Winchester, showing her final home on College St, and the Cathedral, where she is buried.

The Way We Live Now
2002
David Yates, BBC
Hampshire
This adaptation of the Trollope novel included a scene shot on the beach at Highcliffe, in Ep 2 (encounter between Paul and Roger, who sees Paul with the American Mrs. Hurtle, and calls him a cad etc).
Morgen träumen wir gemeinsam
(Tomorrow We Dream Together)
2002
Rolf von Sydow, Steamship Films, ZDF TV
Bournemouth, Dorset
This early entry in the ongoing series of Rosamunde Pilcher novel adaptations for German state TV is set as well as filmed in Bournemouth and Dorset. Directed by Max von Sydow's son, this is an adaptation of Part II of Pilcher's "A Home For A Day." (The German title is literally "Tomorrow We Dream Together", the English working title being 'Let's Think About Tomorrow.') It shows Bournemouth Pier, a convent school in town, Milton Abbas village, a golf course (Purbecks?), a stately home (Chettle?), Wareham (street, courthouse?), Poole (Marina, Harbour), Old Harry Rocks (promontory walk); Studland Manor; a village duck pond (Worth Matravers?), Bournemouth's Westover Rd Odeon, Studland churchyard (plus another), Wareham riverside (opposite town Quay), Studland Beach, and a remote house on an estuary (the Frome?).
Let's Roll: The Story Of Flight 93
2002
Chris Oxley, Granada TV
Christchurch
This British-made docudrama on one of the four 9-11 downed jetliners used the control tower and other facilities at Bournemouth Airport at Hurn to portray parts of US airports.
Martin Luther
2002
Cassian Harrison, PBS-TV

Hampshire
This docudrama starring Timothy West and narrated by Liam Neeson used Winchester [Cathedral, College, St Cross Hospital], and Romsey Abbey to represent European locales.

Daniel Deronda
2002
Tom Hooper, BBC
Hampshire, Somerset
The BBC serial had the usual wide range of locations (from Edinburgh to Malta), local ones being Avington Park Georgian manor outside Winchester (as 'Quentcham Hall') and Forde Abbey in Somerset (as The Abbey).
28 Days Later
2002
Danny Boyle, UK Film Council
Wiltshire
For this mainly London-set post-apocalyptic thriller, locations in the Salisbury area were also used, notably Trafalgar Park House and grounds as the army HQ.
Through The Looking Glass
2003/2006
Craig Griffith, Wood Ent.
Dorset
This psychological horror tale of an artist alone in a large house being taken over by visions he sees in an ornate mirror was shot at a stately home in north Dorset, Compton House near Shaftesbury.
A Place To Stay
2001/2003
Marcus Thompson, Hollywood Daze Motion Pictures

Wiltshire
Described as a "powerful supernatural love story," by the TV-editor turned writer-director, it concerns a pair of outcasts who come together "among the crop circles of Wiltshire."

The Mayor Of Casterbridge
2001/ 2003
David Thacker, Pearson TV/A&E
Dorset, Wiltshire
An ITV adaptation of the Hardy novel, starring Ciaran Hinds, and shot mainly in Dorchester, at Maiden Castle, Cerne Abbas, Charmouth and nearby Stonebarrow.
Flamme der Liebe
(Flame Of Love)
2003
Steamship Films, ZDF TV
Dorset
The Purbeck headland of Old Harry Rocks makes its trademark appearance in the opening of this entry in ZDF's Rosamunde Pilcher romance series, indicating the story is set in Dorset.
To Kill A King
2003
Mike Barker, FilmFour
Wilts
Wilton House was one of many stately homes used for this historical drama about Cromwell's legal battle to prosecute Charles I.
The Ultimate Truth
2004
Nick Clark, Wysiwyg Films

Hampshire
This indie comedy feature about a young Aussie living in rural Hampshire with his girlfriend was partly shot in the New Forest.

Will You Marry Me?
(Mujhse Shaadi Karogi)
2004
David Dhawan
Dorset
Co-starring Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra, this hit Bollywood romantic drama, though set in Asia, filmed 3 musical numbers along the Weymouth sea-front and at Portland harbour.
Freak Out
2004
Christian James, Beyond Therapy Ent

Bournemouth
This low-budget horror spoof about a 'camp vegetarian serial killer' was filmed over a 5-year period mainly in Bournemouth [Shelley Manor etc] and London.

Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya? (Who Is In My Dream?)
2004
Rajesh Bhatt, Inspired Movies
Weymouth
According to a tourism handout, this Bollywood film shot scenes at Weymouth's Nothe Gardens, Harbour and sea-cliffs.
Vipère au poing
(UK title: Viper In The Fist)
2004
Philippe de Broca, Angoa-Agicoa
Dorset
This autobiographical family drama by author Hervé Bazin is set and mainly shot in France, but for coproduction tax reasons, studio work was done in England, and Dorset is credited [IMDB]. Creech Grange Manor in the Purbecks played a French manor house.
Live For The Moment
2004
Richard Booth, Final Cut Films
Dorset
A psychological drama, by a Salisbury-born writer-director, of a crisis precipitated by a hit-and-run accident, filmed at Blandford, Poole [Broadstone and Canford School], and Wimborne.
Amnesia
2004
Nicholas Laughland, Ecosse Films / Carlton TV
Isle Of Wight
A 180-minute TV-serial psychological thriller starring John Hannah as a detective whose life has fallen apart since his wife disappeared in suspicious circumstances, this was shot on Wight [details not known].
The Queen Of Sheba’s Pearls
2004
Colin Nutley, Svensk Flmindustri
Dorset
A Swedish-financed adult family drama, set in 1944-52 England, filmed in Devon and at Milton Abbey school in Dorset.
Auf den Spuren der Vergangenheit
2004
Sharon von Wietersheim, Bavaria Film
Dorset
Shot at least partly in Dorset, this is a romantic drama by a US-born TV director who works in Germany [IMDB]. The title translates as "Following in the footsteps of the past." The opening shows two Dorset landmarks, Durdle Door and the giant chalk horse at Osmington above Weymouth, indicating the story locale is also Dorset.
Beyond The Sea
2004
Kevin Spacey, Lions Gate

Dorset
For this Kevin Spacey biopic of Bobby Darin largely shot in Germany, the Lulworth Cove area doubled 1960s Big Sur, California, for the scene where Darin retreated to a caravan for a winter after being afffected by the killing of RFK.

He Knew He Was Right
2004
Tom Vaughan, BBC

Wiltshire
Stourhead Gardens were among the many locations appearing in this 4-hour Andrew Davies adaptation of the Anthony Trollope novel, set in the City of Wells in Somerset and around Europe.

The Libertine
2004
Laurence Dunmore, Weinstein
Somerset
Montacute House near Yeovil plays "Adderbury" manor in this vaguely fact-based Johnny Depp costume drama.
Mr Harvey Lights A Candle
2005
Rhidian Brook, BBC
Wiltshire
Salisbury Cathedral and town play themselves in this spiritual drama.
Bare Naked Talent
2005
Mark Withers, Big Brush Films

Bournemouth
This still-unreleased ultra-low budget comedy is best described by its IMDB synopsis: “Documentarian Linda Boreman follows naive movie director Jack Innov's attempt to gather a cast and crew to shoot his first adult motion picture 'Assanova', in order to use the profits for 'real' films, kick-starting his film career officially at a later date.”

The Only Boy For Me
2005
High Stakes Productions/ ITV
Dorset
An ITV rom-com about a single mother, shot and perhaps set, in and around Weymouth's Greenhill district, with other scenes shot in Weymouth Harbour and on Portland Bill.
Fragile
2005
Jaume Balagueró, MGM
Isle Of Wight
This psychological drama starring Calista Flockhart set in a remote children's hospital was filmed partly on Wight [details unkown].
Pride And Prejudice
2005
Joe Wright, Universal
Wiltshire, Hampshire
This feature version used Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire [the rainstorm-proposal scene in the Temple of Apollo folly], and Wilton House's Double Cube Room [drawing room at Pemberley], plus nearby Martin Down Nature Reserve.
Walk Away And I Stumble
2005
Nick Hurran, Granada TV
Wiltshire
A romantic-triangle TV drama 2-parter set and shot in Wiltshire, locations including Avebury Stone Circle, which appears in the opening and a 'vows' scene. However, the actual geography of Wiltshire is scrambled as the carved chalk horse shown is at Cherhill and the market town where the characters live is Chippenham.
Nanny McPhee
2005
Kirk Jones, UIP
Dorset
In this children's feature, Durdle Door just beyond Lulworth Cove was used for the beach-picnic scene, where Nanny works her magic on kite-flying.
Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont
2005
Dan Ireland, Cineville

Hampshire
This comedy-drama about a young London-based writer (Rupert Friend) befriended by an elderly widow (Joan Plowright) has a 'day out' sequence set and filmed in the grounds of Beaulieu Palace House in the New Forest, where she and her husband used to go.

Aashiq Banaya Aapne (Love Takes Over)
2005
Aditya Datt, Shagun, Shiv
Dorset
Local publicity lists this as one of a series of Bollywood-UK coproduction romantic musical dramas which had a seaside sequence shot in Weymouth area, though the only UK location credited onscreen is London, and the only Dorset-looking scene is part of a song setup in an unidentified market town.
Annai
2005
Shubha Sandeep
Dorset
Weymouth also supposedly appears as a background in this Bollywood/UK production, other details not known. (Strictly speaking it is a 'Kollywood' film - a longstanding south-Indian regional cinema with dialogue in Tamil.)
Kuch Din, Kuch Pal
(Some Day, Some Moment)
2006
K.S. Shiva, Spice Team Ent.
Dorset
Weymouth's Nothe Gardens are claimed in publicity to have made an appearance in this Bollywood/UK production, details not yet known.
Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar
2006
K.S. Adiyaman
Dorset
Weymouth supposedly appears in this Bollywood/UK production of a story about young marrieds in conflict, though there is not much sign of it in the finished film.
Footprints In The Snow
2006
Richard Spence, C4/ITV

Salisbury
This TV drama starring Caroline Quentin and Kevin Whately, of a woman who fights to regain the use of her legs after she is paralyzed in a crash and fears she may lose her husband, was partly filmed in Salisbury Hospital and town.

Walking With Shadows
2006
Ben Myers

Wiltshire
This ghost story, an adaptation of the director's stage play about a teen who is walking with several kinds of "shadows," was filmed partly at Marlborough.

The Da Vinci Code
2006
Ron Howard, Sony Pictures
Winchester
The north transept of the Cathedral appears briefy in hazy flashbacks as Westminster Abbey as well as the Vatican.
Eastenders
2006
BBC
Dorset
A holiday sequence was shot in Purbeck, at Worth Matravers, and Kimmeridge.
The Lost
2006
Neil Jones, British Phoenix Films

Hampshire
This improvisational war-is-the-real-horror drama was shot in 48 hours in a dense forest outside Winchester portraying an Ardennes-type WWII situation where the 3 soldier protagonists lose their way, and then their minds and their humanity.

Die Liebe ihres Lebens (‘The love of her life’)
2006
Michael Steinke, FP New Media Gmbh/ ZDF
Dorset, Wiltshire
This Rosamunde Pilcher adaptation used Old Harry peninsula, Studland (Manor, Church and village), Corfe Castle, Clavel Tower, the Purbeck Coast Path, the inn at Plush, Cerne Abbas village, Salisbury (Cathedral and street), Minterne Magna house and estate, Bournemouth (Dean Park cricket pavilion), Poole, Blandford [brewery], and Stonehenge.
Und Plotzlich War Es Liebe
("And Suddenly There Was Love")
2006
FP New Media Gmbh/ ZDF

Dorset
This adaptation of a 1958 Rosamunde Pilcher romance, "Family Affair", set here in the Purbecks, features various local clifftops, Studland, Swanage Pier, and Old Harry Rocks (evening picnic scene), plus Minterne Magna estate, and Wimborne (Cornmarket, Minster Books, etc).

National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2: The Rise Of Taj
2006
Mort Nathan, National Lampoon
Winchester
For this American teen-comedy sequel set in England, "Camford University" is portrayed by Winchester College, and other scenes were shot around the city.
Number 13
2006
Pier Wilkie, BBC4

Winchester
Winchester Cathedral's library and close appear in this ghostly Xmas story (a BBC tradition) from an MR James tale, of a Victorian scholar who stumbles on a time-warp situation while staying at the local inn.

Amazing Grace
2006
Michael Apted, Walden Media/ Bristol Bay
Dorset, Wiltshire
This biographical drama about William Wilberforce and his influence in ending Britain's slave trade mixed local and non-local sites, the local ones being Blandford and Chettle House [as WW's Wimbledon home] in Dorset, Trafalgar Park house in Wiltshire, and Salisbury (including the Cathedral).
Children Of Men
2006
Alfonso Cuarón, Universal

Dorset
The finale of this adaptation of PD James's bleak futuristic novel, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine, was shot in Portland Harbour.

Am Ende des Schweigens
2006
Erhard Riedlsperger, Regina Ziegler Filmproduktion
Bournemouth
For once a German TV production shot here which is not a Rosamunde Pilcher romance - Charlotte Link’s adaptation of her novel being listed as a thriller (the title translates as "At the end of silence").
Beau Brummell: This Charming Man
2006
Philippa Lowthorpe, BBC

Wiltshire
This biopic of the rise and fall of the original dandy, played by Somerset resident James Purefoy, was shot partly at Wilton House.

The Message Part 1
2003/2007
Lynn Morrey

Hampshire
Locally-made independent SF drama, starring Judi Bowker, about portents revealing a coming calamity, largely shot in the Christchurch-Highcliffe area.
Small Town Folk
2004-7
Peter Stanley-Ward, Gumboot Pictures
Hampshire
Set in 'Grockletown' in one of those just-off-the-map inbred remote districts where the denizens rape and kill 'grockles' (tourists), this ultra low-budget 'rednecksploitation' mock horror was shot (on mini-DV) in the New Forest by local filmmakers using their own money.
Persuasion
2007
Adrian Shergold, ITV
Dorset, Wiltshire
Lyme Regis's Cobb (which we see in several scenes here) is again the star location, this time combined with a few shots of neighbouring Seatown, with Bath at itself, plus some Wiltshire manors - Great Chalfield Manor, Neston Park, Sheldon Manor.
Ein Sommer der Liebe
2007
ZDF
Dorset
Weymouth, Poole, and Purbeck stand in for Cornwall in this adaptation of Rosamunde Pilcher's story 'A Summer Of Love.'
The Relief Of Belsen
2007
Justin Hardy, Wellcome Trust /C-4
Dorset
For this grim docudrama scripted by Peter Guinness, the MOD facility at Holton Heath outside Poole, which in wartime had been a cordite factory, and recently appeared in Bad Lads Army, portrayed the notorious German extermination camp as British medical units found it in 1945.
Flügel der Hoffnung
2007
ZDF
Dorset, Isle of Wight
Another German-TV adaptation of a Rosamunde Pilcher romance, this time set and mainly shot on Wight. After opening-title backgrounds of the Dorset coast [Lulworth Cove, Old Harry Rocks], this was set and filmed on Wight, at Freshwater [waterfront by ferry terminal], Yarmouth [marina and high street], Military Road [clifftop coast highway], Shanklin [bank], Sun Inn at Brook [fight scene], several unidentified country houses, SW coast [speedboat crash], Brook Church [finale].
Lark Rise To Candleford
2007-11
various dirs, BBC1
Wiltshire
This popular dramatisation running 4 seasons (40 eps) as a Sunday-night drama, taken from Flora Thompson's autobiographical novels of her youth, was partly shot in north Wilts, at Hatt Farm and Neston Park, both near Corsham, where the exteriors of the two villages of the title were recreated.
Primeval
2007
Impossible Pictures, ITV
Bournemouth
A scene for Season 2 of the ITV series that uses CGI to add in predatory 'time-warp' creatures was shot on Bournemouth beach around the Pier.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
2007
Shekhar Kapur, Studio Canal / Working Title
Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset
This sequel, again starring Cate Blanchett, this time as an older Elizabeth around the time of the Armada, used Winchester Cathedral again (The Nave and Lady Chapel as St Paul's, and as parts of Windsor Castle and the Tower of London), Portland Harbour [Armada scenes], plus Somerset for country scenes.
Cranford
2007
Simon Curtis, BBC
Wiltshire
Though Elizabeth Gaskell's town is based on 1840s Knutsford in Cheshire where she grew up, Lacock preserved village was used, mainly for the high street scenes.
Stardust
2007
Matthew Vaughn, Paramount
Wiltshire
In this big-budget Hollywood-financed all-star adult fantasy from Neil Gaiman’s novel, Castle Combe portrays the key setting, the English village of Wall, named after a mysterious local wall that is a portal to a magical realm, where the young hero must venture on a quest.
To The Manor Born
2007
Gareth Gwenlan, Arlington Prodns/ BBC1
Somerset
Cricket St Thomas as 'Grantleigh Manor' was again used for this one-off 25-years-on Xmas-special followup (for details on the series, see under 1979).
The Walker
2007
Paul Schrader, Kintop etc

Bournemouth
This US-set political thriller was shot on the Isle of Man for tax reasons, but some 2nd-unit shots of Bournemouth nightlife were reportedly used as that of Washington DC.

Speed Of Light
2007
Nick Peterson, EdgeImageBank Pictures

Isle of Wight
A dystopian SF thriller, which has four different endings, is set on an island containing a huge derelict warehouse, where the 2 young protagonists make a discovery which alters their perception of reality.

Gavin & Stacey
2007-8
Baby Cow Productions, BBC3

Salisbury
Scenes for all 6 episodes in Season One of this "couples" comedy-drama, co-starring Rob Bryden, set mainly in Essex and Wales, about an Essex boy and a Welsh girl, were shot in Salisbury.

Four Seasons (aka Vier Jahreszeiten)
2008
Gate Filmproduktion, ZDF

Wiltshire
Another German-made Rosamunde Pilcher adaptation, this time in English with a largely Brit cast [Tom Conti, Michael York etc] in a set of 4 standalone dramas, which premiered on Xmas Day in Germany. Various West Country locations were used, including the Georgian manor house of New Wardour Castle manor house SW of Salisbury.

Eastenders
BBC 2008
Dorset
Weymouth was the scene of a Mitchell family holiday, with exteriors of the Esplanade etc shot there in April 2008 for broadcast in July.
The Other Boleyn Girl
2008
Justin Chadwick, BBC Films
Wiltshire
Peter Morgan’s feature remake of the Philippa Gregory novel (previously made for TV in 2003) about two sisters (Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson) vying for the affections of the king (Eric Bana), with fatal consequences for the winner, used Lacock Abbey to portray Whitehall Palace.
Bonekickers
2008
James Strong/ Nick Hurran/ Iain B. MacDonald, Monastic Prod'ns /Mammoth Screen, BBC
Dorset, Somerset
“The Lines Of War”, Episode 5 of this Bath-based trendy-archaeologist drama series, used the interiors of two WWI tanks at Bovington Tank Museum. Scenes set in the surrounding countryside – representing the former WWI battleground of Verdun – may also have been shot nearby (unconfirmed). The final episode had shots of Glastonbury Tor and a denouement at Wells [Cathedral, moated Palace].
Tess Of The D'Urbervilles
2008
David Blair, BBC Drama
Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire
This 4-part dramatisation, starring Gemma Arterton as Tess, was filmed (in 35mm) at various locations. Bath and Bristol were used for non-rural scenes (such as the "Sandbourne" guesthouse), while village and farm scenes were shot at Corsham, Melkham, and Frome. Corfe and Lacock were used for street scenes, the Marlborough Downs above Lockeridge for scenes of Tess trekking cross-country, and the Purbeck Downs above Dancing Ledge for the clifftop opening May dance, with the finale at Stonehenge.
Into the Storm
2008
Thaddeus O'Sullivan, KBO/BBC Films/HBO
Hampshire
For this 'Churchill at War' US TV followup starring Brendan Gleeson, to the 2006 telefeature The Gathering Storm [starring Albert Finney], the exterior of Breamore House is seen in a scene of the Allied generals' 1944 HQ; its interiors also double for rooms in the PM's house "Chequers", and nearby Woodgreen village up the Avon Valley was also used in the 1940 Battle of Britain sequence.
Heist
2008
Justin Hardy, BBC

Winchester
Part of BBC Four's Mediaeval season, this fact-based comedy-drama set in 14C London was filmed at the 6-centuries old Hospital Of St Cross, as Westminster Abbey in both interiors and exterior shots.

The Heart Of Thomas Hardy
2008
Harry Hook, BBC

Dorset
This hour-long documentary presented by Griff Rhys-Jones (a tie-in with BBC's new Tess) included dramatized scenes of Hardy's sad marital life, filmed in 'Hardy Country' locations such as Bockhampton cottage where he was born.

Ein Schneespaziergang
2008
Thomas Herrmann, ZDF

Poole, Dorset
This addition to the roll of over 75 Rosamunde Pilcher adaptations made by German state TV was shot in Poole and Dorset locations, details not yet known.

Ruddy Hell! It's Harry And Paul
2008
Tiger Aspect/BBC
Dorset
The local press reports scenes for the new series of this Paul Whitehouse - Harry Enfield sketch show were filmed in June at locations around Purbeck District, “including Studland, Creech Grange, near Wareham, and Durlston Country Park, Swanage.”
Léif Lëtzebuerger (English title Charlotte: A Royal At War)
2008
Ray Tostevin, Grace Prod’ns Yeovil / CNA Luxembourg
Somerset
This Luxembourg-UK co-production is a feature-length documentary, filmed in 4 countries and 3 languages, on how Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess Charlotte made influential WW2 BBC radio broadcasts from exile (Léif Lëtzebuerger means "Dear Luxembourgers"). Ham Hill portrayed the Luxembourg countryside in dramatised re-enactment scenes showing her 1940 escape, with Yeovil Manor Hotel portraying palace interiors.
Creatives Grow Better In The South West
2008
SWRDA
Somerset
This 4-minute video shot at a farm near what looks like Montacute [tower in b/g], a viral hit on You Tube for its black humour, is a promo for the SW Region as a creative centre. It is in the form of a spoof news item/ interview titled The Harvest, wherein creative people (or rather creative juices) are shown as a type of farm crop, which grows well in the Southwest.
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
2009
Devid Yates, Warners
Wiltshire, Dorset
Lacock Abbey and village [Cantax Hill, Church St, The Angel inn, West St] are again used, and a scene was shot in the marshes on the Fleet Lagoon, at Abbotsbury, and Poole was also used.
The Young Victoria
2009
Jean-Marc Vallée, GK Films
Wiltshire
Scripted by Dorset-resident Julian Fellowes and reportedly co-produced by Martin Scorsese and the Duchess Of York, this royal biopic of the young queen (Emily Blunt) and her domineering mother (Miranda Richardson), was shot partly at Wilton House [as Coburg and Rosenau Castle in Germany as well as Buckingham Palace.]
The Boat That Rocked
(US title: Pirate Radio)
2009
Richard Curtis, Working Title
Dorset
For this “period comedy” about the 60s heyday of North Sea pirate radio, Portland waters and coastal facilities doubled for the script’s east-coast setting, and locals were hired to double Kenneth Branagh and other principals. Local press reports announced "...street shots set in the 1960s will be filmed in Castletown" [on eastern Portland]. The 'pirate' ship was a former Dutch hospital vessel moored in Portland Harbour. A mockup of the ship's interior was built on Portland's new Osprey Quay [Olympic marina] site, and the opening dock scene looks to be the Cobb at Lyme Regis.
The Queen: The Life Of A Monarch
2009
Edmund Coulthard, Patrick Reams, Marion Milne, Blast! Films /C4

Somerset, Wiltshire
Locations for this 5-part TV docu-drama, set over 5 decades and starring 5 different actresses in the title role, included Orchardleigh House at Frome and Stourhead House.

Right Hand Drive
2009
Mark Kalbskopf, Pine Road Pictures UK

Wiltshire
This HD production represented the writer-director's return to his home county from the US. A partly autobiographical rite-of-passage drama, set in rural west Wiltshire, it was partly filmed around Bremhill and Kington St Michael. The official synopsis is: "A young man struggling with a confining religious heritage faces inviting new vistas when foreign visitors come to stay in his small rural world." The director describes it as 'dealing with a young man's struggle to come to terms with his childhood faith, his embarrassing heritage and romantic impulses'.

The Wolf Man
2009
Joe Johnston

Wiltshire
This "re-imagining" of the famous Hollywood horror film has an American in Victorian times returning "to his ancestral homeland". Here, this seems to be southwest England, filming locations being Lacock Abbey's tithe barn and Castle Combe as the village of ‘Blackmoor’. A series of gruesome murders are being investigated by Hugo Weaving as Inspector 'Aberline' of Scotland Yard. (Abberline was the Dorset-born CID man who led the 1888 Ripper hunt before retiring to Bournemouth).

Creation
2009
Jon Amiel, BBC Films/RPC

Wiltshire
This biography of Darwin starring Paul Bettany, from the book Annie's Box by Randal Keys, used Bradford-on-Avon to portray Malvern where Darwin was treated for health problems.

Bravetart vs The Loch Ness Monster
2009
Ken Russell, Gorsewood Films

New Forest, Hampshire
This 'no-budget' indie mini-feature has KR as Aleister Crowley, Edwardian Laird Of Boleskine Manor overlooking Loch Ness, and KR's wife Elise as the brave Scots tart who tackles Crowley and his conjured-up monster. Filmed at Hordle-Walhampton boarding school near Lymington (as Boleskine House), Hatchet Pond in the New Forest (as Loch Ness!), and Southampton's mediaeval town walls (as Edinburgh Castle).

 U Be Dead
2009
Jamie Payne, ITV
Poole, Dorset
This thriller, starring David Morrissey and Tara Fitzgerald, based on the recent news story of a London couple’s 3-year battle to escape and then to trap stalker Maria Marchese, was filmed partly in Poole, locations including the Salterns Hotel.
 The Tesco Bomber
2009
Tern TV /ITV
Bournemouth
Hour-long dramatised documentary in Tern's Real Crimes series, re-enacting the case of a Bournemouth man who in 2000-1 tried to blackmail local Tesco's stores and their customers with bomb threats, presenting Dorset Police with their biggest-ever case.
 Cranford Xmas Special
2009
Simon Curtis, BBC
Wiltshire
Spinoff/followup for Xmas '09 being shot in London [Syon House interiors again] and Wiltshire this summer, once again using Lacock High Street as an 1840s-era town near Manchester.
 Far From The Madding Crowd
2009
Rosita Clarke, Gryphon Films
Dorset
Feature-length student production for DVD release made by The Gryphon School in Sherborne, scripted and directed by their head of drama, with cast and crew of over 140 students, filmed over an academic year entirely on Dorset locations, from Sherborne to Durdle Door.
Fathers Of Girls
2009
Ethem Cetintas & Karl Howman, FoG Films

Wiltshire, Poole?
Domestic drama set in Wilts, with Ray Winstone as a small town solicitor trying to come to terms with an unexpected development as his daughter leaves home, which was 'shot entirely on location around Salisbury', with additional footage reportedly shot on Poole Quay.

Patrol Men
2009
David Campion, Ben Simpson

Dorset, Wiltshire
This "zero budget" UK indie attempt at the "best Z-grade horror film ever" shot scenes at Lulworth Cove and Salisbury area to represent a fictitious island somewhere south of Britain, where a masked paramilitary gang of curfew enforcers protect the island's sinister secret.

The Day Of The Triffids
2009
Nick Copus, BBC

Hampshire
For this 2-part HD version of the SF classic (originally set in London, Wilts, Dorset, Sussex, and Wight), St Cross Hospitaller's abbey just outside Winchester was one of many locations. It appears in ep 2 as the snow-covered abbey run by the Mother Superior played by Vanessa Redgrave.

Zombies Of The Night
2009
Stuart Brennan

Hampshire
Scenes were shot around Winchester for this low-budget horror inspired by the idea Foot & Mouth Disease may be infecting humans.

A Day Of Violence
2009
Darren Ward, Giallo Films

Hampshire
Southampton was used for this independently-made crime horror-thriller.

Entscheidung des Herzens
2009
Thomas Herrmann, ZDF

Dorset, Poole, Hampshire
For this 76th Rosamunde Pilcher adaptation for German state tv, the IMDB lists only Dorset and Poole as locations. A German wiki site gives it as filmed at Durdle Door, Somerley Estate near Ringwood, Hall & Woodhouse brewery at Blandford [family business HQ], a house in Studland, Studland Beach near Old Harry Rocks [walk], Kimmeridge Bay and Corfe Castle [car tour scenes].

Morris: A Life With Bells On
2009
Lucy Akhurst, Twist Films
Poole, Dorset, Wiltshire
Poole [Sandbanks, Lighthouse Concert Hall, Bowlplex, Bournemouth U.] portrays California's Venice Beach etc in this spoof of a Morris Dancing cult leader. Tisbury Sports Centre and nearby Compasses Inn in Wilts were used for a country-fair scene; the Cerne Giant is also glimpsed, as is Wimborne Minster's folk festival.
Death In Ventnor
2008/2010
David George

IOW
This indie no-budget gangster-spoof [?] from local writer/director David George (who also plays the lead) features a trip from the mainland south to Ventnor on the southern tip of Wight, where a post office robbery is attempted.

Tour de Force
2010
Kim Sønderholm, Cetus Prodns

Hampshire
This mainly Danish-set thriller about a bereaved policeman who turns hitman also filmed a sequence in Southampton.

Tribe
2010
Benjamin Johns, Savanna Films

Dorset
Listed by the IMDB as an Action/Crime drama, about "A year in the life of a half-breed Gypsy as he tries, against the odds, to adjust to the 21st century and leave his roots behind," this production, backed by David Essex, was filmed in the Horton area of east Dorset. (Note: This has the same IMDB details as Traveller (2012), and may be an earlier version or a prequel.)

The Harsh Light Of Day
2010
Oliver S. Milburn, Harsh Light Prodns / Multistory Films

Dorset
Horror film scripted by director, of hero who turns vampire to take revenge of his wife's murderers. Location details not known.

Churchill's Spy School
2010
Mike Ford, History Channel

Bournemouth, New Forest
Feature-length documentary with re-enacted scenes, telling the story of the SOE "finishing school" on the Beaulieu estate, where agents were trained before being dropped into France.

The Drummond Will
2010
Alan Butterworth, Knee-Jerk

Wiltshire
This b&w indie comedy-drama, which made it to DVD after winning multiple awards, was shot in a Wiltshire village, details not known. Described as a black comedy set in 'a decaying rural England', it “follows estranged brothers Marcus and Danny Drummond as they find themselves on a surprisingly dangerous undertaking to unravel the mystery surrounding their father's unlikely wealth.”

Montague Jack
2010
Ray Joyce, Wimborne Cine & Video Club

Dorset, Poole
This hour-long amateur docudrama [issued on DVD], starring local resident Michael Medwin OBE as Insp Abberline, telling the story of local Ripper suspect Montague Druitt, was shot (on HD) in the Wimborne area by the local film club. Wimborne [cemetary, riverside, museum etc] itself was used, plus Pamphill [as a London park], and Poole [Upton House as Police HQ, Scaplens Court as a school, a back alley as an East End murder scene, and the harbour as the Thames].

 From Time To Time
2010
Julian Fellowes, Ealing Studios
Dorset
This adaptation by Dorset-resident writer-director Julian Fellowes, of #2 in Lucy Boston's popular 1950s "Green Knowe" novels, about a boy discovering his ancestral home is a portal to the past, was shot in central Dorset. It has Athelhampton House plus the writer-director's own stately home, West Stafford House, as "Green Knowe," with nearby Puddletown used for church and village square scenes, plus the stables at Came House nearby.
Tamara Drewe
2010
Stephen Frears, Ruby/ WestEnd / BBC Films/Sony

Dorset, Somerset
This adaptation of Posy Simmonds's satiric graphic novel set largely in east Dorset was shot in West Dorset, at Salway Ash (NW of Bridport up the B3162), in Bridport, and at The White Hart pub in Yetminster. The rock festival scene was shot in north Dorset at Larmer Tree festival, and Yeovil Station also appears.

War Horse
2011
Steven Spielberg, Dreamworks/Touchstone Pictures
Wiltshire, Devon
Village scenes for this adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel (and more recently hit stage play), about a farmhand who goes to France in WWI to retrieve his cherished horse after it is sold to the Army for use at the Front, were shot in Castle Combe, with riding scenes shot on Dartmoor.
N-Day
2011
Ali Paterson, Inopean Films

Bournemouth
The tagline for this SF thriller being made by a Bournemouth film student is “The pressure is on to survive,” the plot involving four divers trapped in a decompression chamber during a world-wide disaster involving swarming nano-robots.

Tezz
2011
Priyadarshan, United 7 Entmt

Hampshire
This Bollywood thriller using the "Speed" Hollywood template, with a bomb aboard the London-Glasgow express train, has a romantic dream sequence shot in Winchester [High Street etc].

Cavegirl
2011
Andy Bell, Movie Part Media / CBBC

Dorset, New Forest
Not to be confused with the film version being shot in South Africa, this production filmed scenes for a 'teaser' trailer for the pilot episode for the remake of a 2001 BBC children's series, subtitled [?] "Teenage Problems In A Stone Age World," around the beach and cliff areas of Barton-on-Sea, New Milton and Highcliffe, with woodland scenes shot just inland, in the New Forest.

John Carter
2012
Andrew Stanton, Disney

Dorset
According to locals, footage was shot near Worth Matravers for this Mars-set fantasy. (That old Dr Who favourite, the quarry caves at Winspit?)

Cheerful Weather For The Wedding
2012
Donald Rice, BBC Films /Working Title/Universal

Wiltshire, Somerset
This deft period satire is nominally set in Devon (Devon country lanes mentioned), but was shot on the Wiltshire borders. The house and grounds were at Landford Lodge near the Wiltshire / New Forest boundary, Maperton House in South Somerset, and Fonthill estate near Salisbury with its boating lake, while the tithe barn at Tisbury near Shaftesbury was used for the Hardyesque country-dance scene.

Les Misérables
2012
Tom Hooper, Working Title Films

Hampshire
Winchester [Cathedral, College Street etc] doubles as France in this adaptation of the hit musical set in 19C France.

Thor: The Dark World
2013
Alan Taylor

Wiltshire
A scene was reportedly shot at Stonehenge for this sequel to Thor.

Broadchurch
2013
James Strong/ Euros Lyn, Kudos, ITV

Dorset
This 8-part series for ITV scripted and co-produced by Bridport resident Chris Chibnall, and co-starring David Tennant as a newly promoted police detective who arrives in the 'picturesque coastal town of Broadchurch' to investigate a boy's murder, broadcast in March-April 2013, was filmed partly at West Bay and Bridport. The caravan park is Freshwater Beach Holiday Park.

World War Z
2013
Marc Forster, Paramount

Dorset
This big budget SF action summer blockbuster, starring Brad Pitt, from the Max Brooks novel about a zombie pandemic, was mainly filmed in Malta, Glasgow and Budapest, but the finale set in Nova Scotia was filmed at Lulworth Cove, where a jetty was built for the filming.

Emulsion
2013
Suki Singh, White Lantern

Bournemouth
Made by a local production company, this psychological thriller, about a man searching for his wife after she goes missing at a car park,was shot in town, location details not known.

Atlantis
2013
Justin Molotnikov, Urban Myth Films/BBC

Dorset
The present-day framework scenes for this 'kidult' 13-part fantasy series were filmed aboard a military diving support vessel, SD Victoria, in and around Portland Harbour.

Far From The Madding Crowd
2014
Thomas Vinterberg, BBC

Dorset
Filming of David Nicholls's adaptation started in September 2013, at Sherborne (Abbey grounds and Castleton areas as 'Casterbridge'), Mapperton House and other West Dorset locations.

K-Shop
2014
Dan Pringle, White Lantern Film

Bournemouth
Writer-director Dan Pringle's autobiographically-inspired low-budget drama, about a late-opening kebab takeaway owner who 'turns vigilante in an effort to combat binge drinking', was shot in Gervis Road and St Peter's Road in the town's notorious 'clubland' area.

The Riot Club
2014
Lone Scherfig, Blueprint Pictures/Universal

Hampshire
Winchester College and the Great Hall were used for this drama based on Laura Wade's 2010 play Posh, about an elite Oxford Uni 'dining' (ie drinking) club similar to the real-life Bullingdon Club.

Doorways
2014
Steven Murphy, Breezeblock Productions

Bournemouth, Hampshire, Poole
Writer-director-star Steven Murphy's drama about an older and a younger bouncer getting embroiled in events leading to murder was shot in Bournemouth, New Milton, and Poole.

Edge Of Tomorrow
2014
Doug Liman, Warner Bros.

Hampshire
For this apocalyptic alien-invasion SF drama, scenes set in France and England were filmed at a disused army camp at Barton Stacey near Winchester and in the surrounding area in the Test Valley.

24: Live Another Day
2014
various dirs., Fox TV

Hampshire
DP World's container terminal at Southampton docks was used for a climactic scene in this English-set latest series in the Jack Bauer franchise.

Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?
2015
Tim Clague & Danny Stack, Projector Films

Dorset
This children's adventure set on the Jurassic coast is being filmed this summer by Bournemouth filmmakers at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park (seen in Broadchurch) near Bridport and along the coast.

Wolf Hall
2015
Peter Kosminsky, BBC2

Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire
Locations for this 6-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, with Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, include Winchester [Cathedral, Great Hall, Hospital of St Cross], Lacock [Abbey], Montacute House [jousting scenes in grounds etc], Barrington Court, and Great Chalfield Manor and Gardens.

The Imitation Game
2015
Morten Tyldum, Black Bear/ StudioCanal

Dorset
This biographical drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, of wartime codebreaking genius Alan Turing includes scenes set and filmed at Sherborne School, which Turing attended.

Broadchurch 2
2015
James Strong & Euros Lyn, Kudos, ITV

Dorset
The original drama serial [see under 2013 above] was the biggest success for ITV since Downton Abbey, and commercial imperative dictated a sequel. Filmed at Weymouth [esplanade and Lazy Lizard nightclub]; U. of Exeter [police HQ, courtroom] West Bay [clifftop, Freshwater Beach etc]; Bridport [George Hotel], and Eype village [finale].

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