Get behind the scenes of England's biggest movies
oes that street look familiar? Probably because it is … Filmmaking is big business in England, where there is a wealth of enthusiasm and talent in the arts.
The wizarding world
Etched on the film map recently, platform 9 ¾, courtesy of one rather famous young wizard. The Harry Potter films were shot in many locations around England, including Alnwick Castle and Oxford University , as well as London's King’s Cross.
You’ll be spoilt for choice on a visit to the capital , which has played host to many-a-film-set. A great way to explore is on a film walking tour, for example, a tour on the 1st Sunday of the month, specialises in Hitchcock’s London.
While roaming around London check in on locations you’ll recognise from Notting Hill (Portobello Market), The Da Vinci Code (Temple Church, Inner Temple Lane) or Love Actually (Whiteley’s, Bayswater). These are among many others shot here.
Other spots in England which draw the film crowds include Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall , where the first scenes of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves were filmed, Sheffield, home to the Full Monty, and Sleddale Hall – ‘Crow Cragg’ from Withnail & I.
Darcy and Downton
Visit Bristol to see where Starter For Ten was filmed, and Easington, in County Durham for a Billy Elliot flashback. Think quintessentially English, think Pride and Prejudice.
Fans of the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel can take a tour of all the filming locatons with P and P Tours . See the lake where Mr Darcy dived, photograph Netherfield and visit the stunning grounds of Pemberley. You'll even get the chance to meet some of the people involved in the filming and stay at some of the film locations.
And there's even a 1 and 2 day for Downton Abbey fans, where you can meet property curators, enjoy Edwardian tea and discover juicy gossip about the filming of the hit series.
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City of film
Want to make your own film? The National Media Museum offers a whirlwind one day Film School course.
Swot up on film production on the Pinewood Studios website. The studio is not open to the public for tours, however.