Arts Update: Peak District ‘village’

Programme Name: The Village - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 01) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: The Village - Generic portraits of characters from across the series Joe (NICO MIRALLEGRO), Young Bert (BILL JONES), Grace (MAXINE PEAKE), John (JOHN SIMM) - (C) Company Pictures/all3media - Photographer: Brian Sweeney

Programme Name: The Village - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 01) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: The Village - Generic portraits of characters from across the series Joe (NICO MIRALLEGRO), Young Bert (BILL JONES), Grace (MAXINE PEAKE), John (JOHN SIMM) - (C) Company Pictures/all3media - Photographer: Brian Sweeney

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VARIOUS organisations came together to provide production support for The Village, pictured above, the new drama series filmed on location in the Peak District which starts on BBC One on Easter Sunday.

Members of Creative England’s production services team helped to facilitate The Village, made by Company Pictures, producers of Shameless, Elizabeth I and The Lakes, including location scouting iand helping to manage relationships with local councils.

Creative England’s Film Friendly Partnerships with Derbyshire County Council and other local bodies such as Visit Peak District ensures that there are systems in place to make the filming process as easy and efficient as possible for film and TV productions.

The Village executive producer, John Griffin, says as soon as he visited the picturesque village of Hayfield he knew he had found the main location. Filming subsequently took place at The Old Vicarage, The Royal Hotel, cricket club and library. Other local landmarks filmed outside of Hayfield were Edale train station, Tatton Park Farm in Knutsford, Glossop Church, Far Coombes Farm, Charlesworth and The Playhouse Theatre in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Location manager Charlie Thompson singled out Creative England’s contribution “in an educational capacity” in helping locals understand the complex and often unusual needs of film crews and also acting as an intermediary in negotiations.

The film and television industries are important for the English regions as productions can spend significant sums on every aspect of filming, including hotels, security and catering. On average a prime time TV drama series of this size will spend approximately £1.5m in the regional economy.

Chris Hordley, Creative England’s Production Liaison Manager for Yorkshire, said: “When this project was first commissioned, Company Pictures asked us to help find villages that fitted their criteria but more importantly asked for assistance with getting local councils on board. It’s great to see England’s diverse countryside showcased in this high profile new drama series which is already set to return.” The Village is written by BAFTA winning writer Peter Moffat with the first series beginning in 1914 and ending in 1920. The camera never leaves the village. Births, deaths, love and betrayal, great political events, upheavals in national identity, ways of working, rules kept and rebellions made, sex, religion, class, the shaping of modern memory – all refracted through the lives of the villagers and the village.

Charting the life and turbulent times of one English village across the 20th century, The Village stars John Simm, Maxine Peake, Juliet Stevenson, Bill Jones, Nico Mirallegro, Rupert Evans, Charlie Murphy, Augustus Prew, Jim Cartwright and Emily Beecham.