Norfolk (and some Suffolk) Film and TV Locations
A Cock and Bull Story
|Filmed at Felbrigg,
Blicking and Heydon Halls in 2004. Based on Tristram
Shandy by Laurence Sterne and starring Steve Coogan,
Rob Brydon and Gillian Anderson.
A Warning to the Curious (1972)
||Adaptation of M.R. James
ghost story. It was directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark
and features St Mary's Church at
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
||TV production which used
Burgh Castle near Yarmouth as a location.
||The TV series incorporated
film of Norwich railway station, Norwich Cathedral and the
River Bure at Wroxham.
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)
||Full-length movie spin-off
from the original series - starring the eponymous Radio
Norwich DJ. Used Cromer Pier and other locations in
||Lynford Hall, near Mundford
and Thetford Forest. Much loved BBC TV sitcom created by
David Lodge and Jeremy Lloyd which ran from 1982-1992.
Lynford Hall provides the set for Rene's cafe in Nouvion. Denver Windmill also featured
in the series - as did the railway bridge at Briston and
All the King's Men (1999)
Cromer, Blickling, Burnham Deepdale and
Holkham Hall. TV production starring David Jason and
Maggie Smith. The atrocious Norfolk accents in the film
prompted the formation of the Friends of Norfolk
And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
||A number of the linking scenes
featuring John Cleese at his desk were filmed
in Norwich near the castle. They also used Elm Hill for
the Beethoven sketch.
Another Cleese film with a Norwich connection is the
road-movie Clockwise - in which he stars as
a headmaster heading for a conference in Norwich.
However, the film was actually shot in Shropshire.
||Scene filmed at Walpole St.
Andrew near King's Lynn - recreating a WW2 massacre at
Dunkirk. The film starred James McAvoy and Keira
Knightley and was based on the book by ex UEA Creative
Writing student Ian McEwan.
Backs to the Land (1977-78)
Anglia TV sitcom about the Women's Land Army which
undertook agricultural work during WW2.
Barbarian Princess, The (2009)
Holkham Hall. Film telling the story
of Hawaiian Princess Ka'iulani who flees civil war in
her own country to come to Victorian England. Here she
falls in love with an Englishman and then, eventually,
heads back to Honalulu to fight in the conflict. Stars
Q'orianka Kilcher and Shaun Evans.
Barnacle Bill (1957)
||Ealing comedy starring Alec
Guinness as a retired sea captain; filmed partly at Hunstanton.
Betjeman Goes By Train (1962)
||The poet laureate travels
on the (pre Beeching) line from King's Lynn to
Hunstanton via Wolferton and Snettisham.
Big Six, The (1984)
||BBC TV adaptation of Arthur
Ransome's children's detective story. Directed by Andrew
||LWT series featuring Peter
Davison as the affable detective Albert Campion and
based on the books by Margaret Allingham. Employed
scenes in Loddon and Hales.
||In 1990 the maniacally
cheerful presenter repainted Happisburgh Lighthouse
using the wrong type of paint.
Chief, The (1990)
Anglia TV police drama starring Tim Piggott-Smith (and
then Martin Shaw). Set in East Anglia, it used locations
in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.
Conflict of Wings (1954)
Conservation comedy set in Norfolk and starring John
Gregson and Muriel Pavlow. It used locations at
Wells beach and at West Raynham.
Locals fight to protect
an island in the marshes which has been ear-marked as a
target range by the RAF.
Film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Taylor. It utilised Cley windmill
and the North Norfolk marshes.
Coot Club (1984)
BBC TV adaptation of Arthur Ransome's classic children's
adventure story - set in the Norfolk Broads. Directed by
Andrew Morgan and starring Rosemary Leach as Mrs
Barrable and Julian Fellowes as one of the Hullabaloos.
(appropriately) in the film.
Great Yarmouth, Norwich and UEA. Forthcoming film starring Richard E. Grant, Laura
Fraser and Tamsin Greig. The film concerns Polly - a
medical student who is going mad. The film was written
and directed by Richard Bracewell.
||Thetford. Many of the external scenes from Dad's Army where filmed in Thetford or
the surrounding area. Particular locations include:
Thetford Guildhall (Walmington-on-Sea Town Hall), Nether Row, The Bell Hotel, The
Anchor Hotel (now derelict), the Palace Cinema and the Stanford
Lynford Hall, north of
Mundford, was also used in the series - as it was in
other David Croft productions including: 'Allo, 'Allo!
and You Rang My Lord?
Other Norfolk locations in Dad's Army include:
Honington, Bardwell, Bressingham, Wacton, Brandon,
Santon Downham, Oxburgh Hall and Weybourne.
The series - which was created by Jimmy Perry and
David Croft - ran from 1967 to 1977and each year the
cast and crew would come up to Thetford and stay in the
Anchor or Bell Hotels.
See more locations on my new
where the German pilot dangled in Time on Our Hands
The Anchor Hotel where
the first scene of episode one The Man of the Hour
(1968) was filmed.
Dad Savage (1998)
||Film starring Patrick
Stewart, which was filmed at Hunstanton, Wells
lifeboat station, King's Lynn and Welney St Lawrence.
Dambusters, The (1954)
||Classic WW2 film starring
Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave. Some scenes were shot at
Langham airfield in North Norfolk.
The airfield, which is now deserted, lies between
Langham and Cockthorpe. King's Lynn and the Wash also
doubled as the Dutch coast.
David Copperfield (2000)
||King's Street, King's Lynn.
TV series starring Bob Hoskins and Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Dean Spanley (2008)
||Film starring Peter O' Toole
and Sam Neill and directed by Toa Fraser. Set in
Victorian England, the film concerns a father-son
relationship (via canine
reincarnation) and employs
locations at Holkham Hall, Peckover House, Wisbech (Cambridgeshire), Elveden Hall (Suffolk), Elm Hill and
the Cathedral Cloisters in
Norwich. It's a delightfully off-beat movie with a great
script and great acting.
The film is based on the book by Lord Dunsany
(1878-1957) which was first published in 1936.
Defence of the Realm (1985)
||RAF Lakenheath. Starred
Denholm Elliott, Gabriel Byrne and Robbie Coltrane.
Devices and Desires (1991)
||Anglia TV mini series
starring Roy Marsden (as Commander Adam Dalgliesh) and based on
the book by P.D. James. Also starred Susannah York (as
Meg Dennison) and Gemma Jones (as Alice Mair). Featured many Norfolk locations
including: Cley Mill (Larksoken Mill), Great Yarmouth, Holkham Beach,
Wells, Salthouse and Norwich
Cathedral. Unfortunately it was badly acted and
Dalgliesh inherits a remote Norfolk windmill from his
aunt Jane, but his tranquillity is soon disturbed by a
serial killer known as 'The Whistler'. One of the
victims is a worker at the Larksoken Nuclear Power
Die Another Day (2002)
||Burnham Deepdale. James
Bond movie starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry. Farmland here
was transformed into a North
Korean paddy field. RAF Marham was also used.
Diets That Time Forgot, The (2008)
documentary - hosted by Sir Roy Strong was filmed at
Sennowe Hall and Park at Guist.
Drowning by Numbers (1988)
by Peter Greenaway which used locations at Thorpeness,
Southwold (including the lighthouse) and the River Blyth.
Duchess, The (2008)
Holkham Hall, North Norfolk.
Period drama directed by ex-UEA student Saul Dibb and starring Keira Knightley
as Georgiana the Duchess of Devonshire. Also starring
Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper and
Charlotte Rampling. Locations on the Cley Marshes - a
nature reserve owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust -
were also used.
Eagle Has Landed, The (1976)
were filmed over Holkham. The book was inspired by Jack
Higgins' visit to North Norfolk and
Blakeney in particular.
BBC TV soap opera used Ludham Bridge Stores and
locations at Horning for a holiday episode.
East of Ipswich (1987)
BBC drama written by Michael Palin and based on his own
memories of seaside holidays in the 1950s. It was shot
at Southwold in Suffolk.
Evacuees, The (1975)
BBC children's drama - which made use of Sheringham
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
(Suffolk). Directed by the legendary Stanley Kubrick and
starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Kubrick movie - this time about Vietnam. Contained a scene
that was shot in the Norfolk Broads. A US helicopter
flies low over a paddy field (the broads) - firing as it goes.
Glorious 39 (2009)
thriller starring Julie Christie, Romola Garai, Eddie
Redmayne, Juno Temple and David
Tennant. Directed and written by Stephen Poliakoff. It
employs locations at Salthouse (St. Nicholas' Church)
and Holkham Hall. However, the main location is
Abbey and Little Walsingham House.
Go Between, The (1970)
location was Melton Constable Hall in North Norfolk.
However, the producers used a host of other classic
Norfolk settings including Hickling Broad for the
swimming scene, Thornage village green for the cricket
match and the picturesque village of
Heydon. When Leo visits Norwich with Marian the The Maid's Head
Hotel in Wensum Street is used for lunch (just as in the
novel). He then wonders round the cathedral close and
the cathedral and also passes a horse auction on
Tombland. Thorpe Station also puts in an appearance.
starred Julie Christie and Alan Bates, was directed by
Joseph Losey and was
based on the novel by L.P.
Hartley. The film script was written by Harold
Pinter. The fictional Brandham Hall was actually based
upon Bradenham Hall near
Dereham - which Hartley visited as a child.
See more about the Norfolk locations used on my new
feature film set in the world of stock car racing:
written and directed by Guy Myhill. It will feature
locations at Swaffham Raceway and Wisbech.
Great Expectations (1999)
Coalhouse Barn at Thornham near
Hunstanton as Pip's childhood home.
Grotesque, The (1995)
Alan Bates, Anna Massey, Sting and Trudie Styler. Used Heydon Hall
as a location. Based on the novel by Patrick McGrath and
featured Sting in nude scenes. Also used Norwich
Guildhall, the old hospital in Bethel Street and the
near Thetford. TV production starring Ted Danson.
In Love With Alma Cogan (2011)
Keith Barron, Roger Lloyd Pack and Niamh Cusack;
features Cromer lifeboat house and other locations at
Dench and Jim Broadbent and featured beach scenes at
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
adventure directed by Bryan Singer and starring Ian
McShane, Bill Nighy, Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor.
Norwich Cathedral was used to create a medieval castle.
Wrentham in Suffolk. Classy BBC TV series starring Alan
Davies and scripted by David Renwick. (Creek's windmill
though is at Shipley in West Sussex.)
||Oscar winning film starring
Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave which was shot at
Winterton-on-Sea (aka Cape Cod). Based on the novel Pentimento
by Lilian Hellman.
Keeping Up Appearances
||BBC TV sitcom -
used Yarmouth Pleasure Beach.
series starring Stephen Fry as avuncular Norfolk solicitor
Peter Kingdom. The series is set in the fictional town of
Market Shipborough which is a composite of Swaffham town
centre - including the 18th Century buttercross and
Oakleigh House (Kingdom's office) - and the quayside in
Wells. Stephen Fry also appears in the title sequence
walking across Holkham Beach (which was also used for
Shakespeare in Love).
The Greyhound pub in Swaffham was transformed to
become The Startled Duck. Hunstanton, Happisburgh
Lighthouse, Dereham, Little Snoring Airfield and
Thetford have also featured.
Norfolk locations have also influenced the story lines
e.g. the recent episode featuring nudists. There is a
famous nudist beach at Holkham.
The series also stars
Celia Imrie, Hermione Norris (Beatrice Kingdom), Tony
Slattery (as the cantankerous Sidney Snell) and Karl Davies
as Lyle. The scripts were written by Jeff Povey.
See more locations on my new Kingdom page....
The Kingdom Office,
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
|Elveden Hall, Suffolk.
Preposterous action movie starring Angelina Jolie and
Daniel Craig. It was based on the computer game of the
same name. Elveden Hall is used extensively as Lady
Croft's family home. The hall, a beautiful Georgian
country house, was once owned by the Maharajah Duleep
Singh. (Now owned by Lord Iveagh.) The hall lies close
to the notorious singletrack section of the A11 which
passes through the village.
Living Daylights, The (1987)
||Elveden Hall, Suffolk.
James Bond movie starring Timothy Dalton.
Lost Prince, The (2003)
||Holkham Hall and Weybourne
Railway Station. Directed by Stephen Poliakoff.
|BBC TV series concerning
the roguish but lovable antique dealer Lovejoy - played
by Ian McShane. It was mainly filmed in Suffolk
employing locations at Bungay, Bury St. Edmunds,
Lowestoft, Lavenham, Newmarket and Somerleyton Hall. Lady Jane's
home, Felsham Hall, was in reality Belchamp Hall south of Sudbury. However, Norfolk and Norwich
make an occasional appearance - as in 'The Real Thing'
(Series 1, Episode 7). This episode featured the Elm
Hill area of the City.
Love on a Branch Line
||1994 TV mini series based
on the novel by John Hadfield. Used Oxburgh Hall,
Heydon and Weybourne Station (Arcady).
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
||The BBC TV production was
filmed in King's Lynn - in the old waterfront section of
Mill on the Floss, The
||1997 BBC TV series based on
the book by George Eliot and starring Emily Watson and
Bernard Hill. Bintree Mill on the
River Wensum was used.
The walls of the mill were blackened to give it a
distressed look. The mill lies in a beautiful, isolated
location - closer to Guist than to Bintree.
Monty Python's Flying Circus
||The sketch entitled 'The
Idiot in Society' (aka the village idiot) in episode 20
was filmed at Heydon. John
Cleese (dressed in smock) sits on the church wall and
then falls off backwards into the churchyard. Part of
the sketch was also filmed outside the cottage on the
green which was such a key location in
Moonstone, The (1996)
||TV movie which featured
Barningham Hall and Heydon
One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1941)
Operation Crossbow (1965)
||Film starring Sophia Loren
- which made use of Holkham Beach. Purfleet Street in
King's Lynn was also used.
Out of Africa (1985)
||Castle Rising near King's
Lynn was turned into Denmark. Film starring Robert
Redford and Michael Gough.
Password is Courage, The (1962)
||Starred Dirk Bogarde and
made use of the STANTA Battle area near Thetford.
Peace and Conflict
||Bio-pic about the composer
and pacifist Benjamin Britten. Written and directed by
Tony Britten and filmed at Gresham's School near
Holt (Benjamin Britten's real
alma mater). Also features Weybourne Station.
||TV drama about Clement
Scott, the 19th Century theatre critic, who popularised
North Norfolk as a holiday destination. Directed by John
Madden (see 'Shakespeare in Love') and starring Alan
Howard as Scott, Phoebe Nichols as Louie Jermy (the
Sidestrand mill owner's daughter who he fell in love
with) and John McEnery as the outrageous poet Swinburne.
Used locations at Cromer, Weybourne, Overstrand and
was transformed into 18th Century New York.
Directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Al Pacino, Natassia
Donald Sutherland. The film, which also used West Tofts
and Ely, was a massive flop.
King's St, King's Lynn
Rolling Road. The (1926)
starring Carlyle Blackwell and Flora Le Breton; shot in
Scouting Book for Boys, The
||Celador Film about a girl
who goes missing from a caravan site. Directed by Tom
Harper and written by Jack Thorne. Shot mainly at
Broadland Sands Holiday Park at Corton (near Lowestoft)
but also Holkham Bay, Trimingham, Hunstanton, Beeston
Regis, Gorleston, Kessingland and Great Yarmouth.
Secret of Eel Island, The
||Small screen children's
drama which was shot at Strumpshaw Fen and the Norfolk
Broads. Made by Norwich-based Eye Film Co.
||TV production shot in
Shadows in the Sun (2009)
||Low-budget film starring
Jean Simmons and written by David Rocksavage (owner of
Houghton Hall). Set in the 1960s, it makes use of
locations at Walsingham, Holkham and Brancaster.
Shakespeare in Love (1988)
||Holkham beach. Famous beach scene with Gwyneth
Paltrow. Directed by John Madden and also starring
Joseph Fiennes (as the bard) and Dame Judi Dench.
She Stoops to Conquer (2008)
||New film version of Oliver
Goldsmith's comedy - directed by Tony Britten - and
filmed at Wiveton Hall near Blakeney.
Shuttered Room, The (1965)
||Starred Flora Robson and
Oliver Reed and controversially involved the burning
down of Hardingham Mill.
Silver Fleet, The (1943)
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1970s)
||Runham Church featured in
an xmas episode of this classic sitcom. Frank Spencer
(played by Michael Crawford) disappears through a hole
in the roof.
Springwatch (2008 and 2009)
||Pensthorpe Nature Reserve
lies on the A1067 near Fakenham. Popular BBC TV nature
by Bill Oddie, Chris Packham, Kate Humble and Simon King. Pensthorpe is
home to one of Europe's best collection of endangered and
exotic water birds - with over 120 species represented.
It is located in the Wensum Valley and the site covers
200 acres. It is owned by Bill and Deb Jordan.
||The Briton's Arms in Elm Hill,
transformed into 'The Slaughtered Prince' with the
addition of a thatched awning and some paintwork. All
paint and structures had to be removed after the shoot.
The rest of Elm Hill also featured as a street scene.
Fantasy adventure film based on a story by Neil
Gaiman and starring Clare Danes.
Tales of the Unexpected
||TV series produced by
Anglia Television between 1979-1988 - which employed
many exterior locations in Norwich and Norfolk. The series was based on
the stories of Roald Dahl: 25 were Dahl originals and
112 episodes were made in total. Dahl used to introduce each
episode. (The famous fireside chat was filmed at the
Magdalen Street studios - now occupied by Epic.)
Specific locations included: Oxburgh Hall (The Vorpal
Blade), Lime Tree Farm, Thurning (Royal Jelly), Norwich
Union's Marble Hall (Completely Foolproof),
Sennowe Park (Poison), North Walsham (Neville
Wharton's Chemist), Upper St. Giles, Princes
Street and Bowthorpe Cemetery in Norwich, Thetford
Forest and Aylsham. In The Boy Who Could Talk to Animals,
Hunstanton beach was turned into Jamaica and the giant
turtle was operated by Peter Dukes - an Anglia TV
Tarka the Otter (1979)
||Scenes filmed on location
at Bintree Mill on the River Wensum - near Fakenham.
(See also Mill on the Floss)
Tomb of Ligeia, The (1964)
||Castle Acre Priory. The
film is a version of Edgar Allan Poe's ghost story. Directed by Roger Corman
and starred Vincent Price and Elizabeth Shepherd.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
||RAF Lakenheath. Bond movie.
||ITV sci-fi drama starring
Leslie Grantham and Douglas Hodge. Used locations in
Norwich (Magistrate's Court, Orford Place and Golden
Star Pub) and also at Lenwade.
Up Rising (2000)
||Heydon village and Heydon
Hall. Iffy ITV sitcom starring Anton Rodgers and Nicola
||TV production which was
filmed at Barningham Hall near Holt, Rainthorpe Hall
near Tasburgh, Heydon and at Thelveton Hall near Diss.
Weavers Green (1966)
||Anglia TV soap opera which
was filmed on location in the cul-de-sac village of
Heydon. The show concerned a
rural veterinary practice and provided an early role for Kate O'Mara.
Also featured the railway station at North Elmham.
Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)
||Adaptation of M.R. James
ghost story; directed by Jonathan Miller. Used the dunes
at Waxham to great effect.
Wicked Lady, The (1945)
||Filmed at Blickling Hall
and starred Margaret Lockwood and James Mason.
||Film version of Tom
Sharpe's comic novel starring Griff Rhys Jones as the
eponymous hero, Alison Steadman as Eva Wilt and Mel
Smith as Inspector Flint. The script was co-written by
David Renwick and Andrew Marshall.
were shot in Norwich - outside the City Hall and in St
Augustines. Also used Horning, Ranworth and Thetford.
Unfortunately, the film wasn't as funny as the book.
Witchfinder General, The (1968)
||Violent film set during the
Civil War and starring
Vincent Price and Ian Ogilvy. Used St. John's Church,
Rushford (near Thetford), Norfolk. Also features
Knettishall Heath, Dunwich, Brandeston Church and