Movie and TV Magic in The Cotswolds!

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Wandering around the Cotswolds can sometimes feel like walking through a film set, which is why filmmakers from all over the world choose the area to create movie magic with on-location filming. We wrote about the Cotswolds as a film and TV set last year, but with so many productions taking place in the area we thought it was time to shine the spotlight on other exciting film and TV projects past and present that feature the beautiful backdrop of our region.

Recent productions filmed in the Cotswolds include the BBC’s hit Sunday night drama The Casual Vacancy, starring Michael Gambon and set in the fictional village of Pangford.

The show, based on a book by J.K. Rowling, was shot entirely in the Cotswolds area, with filming happening in the towns of Bisley, Northleach, Painswick, Burford and Minchinhampton.

J.K Rowling is no stranger to the Cotswolds, with the wildly successful Harry Potter series having several locations in the Cotswolds area as mentioned in our previous post, including Gloucester cathedral, which was heavily featured in the series as the hallways of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

It’s not surprising that Hollywood finds itself in the Cotswolds so often. From rolling countryside to picturesque old world towns and mansions and castles, the Cotswolds remain unspoilt. The area has proved to be an ideal location for historical dramas. The BBC’s popular 2008 production of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, starring Eddie Redmayne, was filmed in Owlpen Manor near Uley in Gloucestershire.

Blenheim is a particularly popular location for filming and it’s easy to see why, the incredible palace and gardens have been a fine backdrop for productions such as the 2010 version of Gulliver’s Travels, The Young Victoria, The Four Feathers and Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet.

Arlington Row in Bibury are a row of cottages that look like they have leapt out of a picturebook. The street, popular with visitors, was also used in Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust to play the perfect English village at the beginning of the film.

Filmmakers come to The Cotswolds so often because the area is so picturesque, well preserved, and dotted with gorgeous buildings that make the perfect backdrop for a historical film – and your holiday!

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