It was roughly a year ago that Hallmark Hotel Cambridge was approached as a possible location for a scene in the forthcoming Wonder Woman 2 film. What a fabulous story that would have been to tell but sadly we were never chosen as the final location. And let’s face it, there are lots of amazing locations across the UK for TV and film scenes – many as seen in our recent Discover your Britain video. We thought we’d highlight 5 of our best:
The Lake District
The Lake District certainly adds the wow factor to any drama or film. Most famously a scene from Star Wars (VII) – A Force Awakens was shot across the usually peaceful Derwentwater, (where the hills of the Borrowdale Fells have been digitally removed), as the stormtroopers fight and the X-wing fighters of the Resistance arrive over Thirlmere, to the south. Recently the TV series Deep Water featuring Anna Friel was shot in Cumbria showcasing the outstanding beauty of this area. But did you know, whilst it is well known that Beatrix Potter was local to Cumbria, the latest Peter Rabbit films featuring James Cordon as the voice of Peter Rabbit were actually filmed in Australia!
The Peak District
Almost equalled in outstanding beauty, The Peak District situated east of Manchester, south of Sheffield and around Derby is another popular film location. One of the original adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was filmed at Chatsworth House, who can forget the iconic scene of Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) emerging from the waters around the house? Other notable TV programmes filmed in the Peak District include Jane Eyre, Peak Practice and the Dambusters.
Scotland’s capital is one of the best city locations in the world for TV and film productions. The beauty of the original stone buildings, the imposing castle at one end of the Royal Mile to Arthur’s Seat to the other end. Film crews are due to descend on the city soon to film scenes from Fast and Furious 9 and, quite recently, Captain America lands on platform 11 at Edinburgh Waverley station to support his fellow Avengers in Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War. Other notable movies and programmes filmed in Edinburgh include Case Histories, The Da Vinci Code and Chariots of Fire.
Located just 27 miles north of Aberdeen and featuring in Hallmark’s current Discover your Britain campaign, this stunning location has provided the backdrop for many recent TV programmes. The dramatic clifftop was the inspiration behind one of the many locations created in Pixar’s Brave animation in 2012 and the location was used in Victor Frankenstein and Mary Queen of Scots. It was also one of the stop-off places for Norman Reedus (of The Walking Dead fame) in his recent documentary “Ride”.
Ok, so how did Hull make this list? Not as dull as you think, this urban city, chosen in 2017 as our City of Culture has many a great vista from which to film from, not least the iconic Humber bridge which spans the Humber Estuary. And TV programmes are finding the city a little gem for productions too. Most recently two series of ITV’s hit drama Victoria were filmed on Hull’s Old Town which was transported back to Victorian England.