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TV & film locations

The Cotswolds is full of surprises for film and TV fans, come and see where some of the big productions have been produced.

Wolf Hall at Berkeley Castle

Visit Berkeley Castle to walk in the footsteps of the characters of Wolf Hall, as well as the real historic characters who visited the castle.

Berkeley Castle, the most historic castle in Gloucestershire, was transformed into a film set for the BBC TV adaption of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.

The castle has also been used on many other occasions for filming and has been involved in film and TV Dramas such as The Other Boleyn Girl, Nostradamus, Dick and Dom and Father Brown. In addition, Berkeley Castle has been used for documentaries such as Princes in Waiting, Great Country Houses, Dead Famous and Horse & Country TV's 'Berkeley - An English Country Estate.'

Poldark at Chavenage House

Chavenage House in Gloucestershire features in the TV hit Poldark.

The smash hit new BBC adaptation of Poldark revived the old 1970s saga and has drawn lots of plaudits for its Cornish settings. But one of its key locations is actually in Gloucestershire.

Trenwith, the Poldark family pile, owned by Charles Poldark played by the late Warren Clarke, is actually 'played' by Chavenage House between Nailsworth and Tetbury. 

Caroline Lowsley-Williams, owner of Chavenage House, revealed that some of the rooms are still decorated as they were for the filming which took place during April, Sept and October 2014.

Chavenage House has also starred in Lark Rise to Candleford, the Hercule Poirot story - The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Barchester Chronicles, Berkeley Square, Cider with Rosie, Grace & Favour, The House of Elliot, Casualty and Dracula.

Chavenage House is open to visitors every Thursday and Sunday from 2pm.

Cider with Rosie

The book by Laurie Lee, is one of the most well loved of English classics, and portrays his childhood in Slad, a small village in the Stroud Valleys.

The book has been adapted for TV and film on various occasions including the 1998 version, starring Juliet Stevenson and filmed around the area.

Cider with Rosie was brought to life once again in a new BBC1 drama shown on 27th September 2015, starring Samantha Morton and Timothy Spall.

While Laurie Lee grew up in the village of Slad near Stroud, a lot of the new drama was filmed in and around the beautiful nearby village of Miserden.

Lee captured a way of life that was about to change forever, and he did it in a lyrical and memorable way. Unusually for such a famous author he chose to return to the village of Slad where he was brought up, and he spent the last years of his life there. You can still visit the Woolpack pub where he was a regular; and he is buried in the churchyard opposite.

Casual Vacancy - Painswick & Minchinhampton

Casual Vacancy, the three-part mini-series, based on J.K. Rowling's novel, was filmed in the villages of Painswick, Bisley and Minchinhampton - combined into the fictional village of 'Pagford'. Several locations around Gloucestershire were used including Archway School in Stroud, Stroud Police Station, All Saints Church in Bisley and Minchinhampton Market Place.

Come and discover for yourself the area where Casual Vacancy was filmed.

 

Some famous residents - past and present

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Laurie Lee, author of Cider with Rosie, lived in Slad near Stroud, and was a regular visitor to the still popular Woolpack Inn.

Jilly Cooper, whose popular, raunchy novels (some of which were adapted for television) brought a certain frisson to the Cotswolds, lives in the beautiful village of Bisley.

Romantic novelist, Joanna Trollope, was born in Minchinhampton and still lives in the area today. This was used as the inspiration for some of her stories, which have been adapted for television.

Reverend Awdry, who lived in the Stroud Valleys, was the author of the Thomas the Tank Engine books. The Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway at Toddington holds