Thursday, 4 June 2009

Cranford Christmas special


Well there has been a bit of excitement around our way, The Cranford Christmas special is being filmed near to us!
 'BBC One viewers became addicted and entranced by Cranford, a small Cheshire market town in the early 1840s on the cusp of great change.

The railway was pushing its way relentlessly towards the town from Manchester, bringing fears of migrant workers and the breakdown of law and order.


The Christmas special picks up the story in September 1844, a year after the town celebrates the wedding of Sophy and Dr Harrison.' 

 They are using the railway at Foxfield and the colliery, also shots of the countryside. Its been said  Dame Judy might be filming today. My friend has being walking her dog an awful lot as she lives in Dilhorne, LOL.

Cathie Davey, BBC publicist for Cranford, said the production team had chosen Dilhorne because it was an ideal location with its beautiful, unspoilt countryside.

She said: "There is a storyline in the second part of the drama which requires filming in a beautifully preserved area.

"The landscape in Dilhorne is perfect because we can get great panoramic shots of scenery without the trappings of modern day life."

Although we live in Stoke-on-Trent, a very industrialised city, we have countryside just minutes away. I was unlucky a few years back to miss my Aunt's 60th birthday which was held at the railway, I've never been! It often happens like that.

Although I was looking forward to watching the two part special anyway, it will be even more fun now.


ginger said...

That's pretty cool! It's always fun to see your neighborhood in a movie. I hope we get to see it here too. I'll look for the railway. I hope you get a glimpse of some stars!

Rosie said...

I read about this in The Sentinel a couple of days ago - can't wait to see the new episodes - loved the last ones and the book, too - must re-read it soon - great that the BBC are using the Foxfield Railway:)

Amanda said...

I think its nice to see another 'hidden' side to Staffordshire. My friend's dogs have never had so many walks. We'll have Larkrise and Cranford, at least something worthwhile at Christmas, not forgetting my other programme, Dr Who!

Ginie-Lee said...

Hi Amanda, I too became addicted to this programme and can't wait for the Christmas special, how lovely for you to have the filming taking place nearby!

Anonymous said...

Loved Cranford and Larkrise to Candleford,wish they were still on :( x