The beautiful county of Derbyshire is a filmmaker’s dream.
Its stunning natural beauty makes it a natural choice for film locations. And it’s far from surprising that this charming county has earned itself a reputation as one of the best movie locations around.
From the small screen to the big screen, read on as we explore some of the many great film and TV works shot in delightful Derbyshire.
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen’s much loved novel Pride and Prejudice has been adapted numerous times. But the best version by far has got to be the BBC’s classic 1995 production – the one with Colin Firth!
Much of the novel is set in Derbyshire and the BBC chose the novel’s original home for many of their filming locations too.
Sudbury hall in Derbyshire, a National Trust property, was used for the interior shots of Pemberley house in the production.
Lyme Hall – located in the Peak District – was also chosen to portray Pemberley’s exterior, and is the setting of the famous lake scene!
Derbyshire also features heavily in the latest big screen adaption of this epic tale too. Released in 2005, the film counts Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFadyden among its stars, and was filmed at several locations across Derbyshire.
The stand-out setting used in the film has got to be Chatsworth House; a magnificent stately home located in the heart of the Derbyshire dales.
This historic home was used to portray Mr Darcy’s resplendent residence, Pemberley. Oh and did you know that Jane Austen is believed to have based Pemberley on Chatsworth House too! Pretty incredible, right?
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is one of the most iconic novels to have emerged from the Victorian era.
This dark, gripping tale of love and loss has captured the imagination of generations. And from its haunting opening to its famous closing lines, the novel captivates any who dare turn its pages.
This classic tale has also been the subject of numerous film adaptations, many of which were shot in Derbyshire.
There’s no denying the BBC knows how to make a good costume drama, and their 2006 four-part adaptation of this much-loved novel is no exception.
This version, which stars acclaimed actors Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens, was filmed exclusively in Derbyshire and the Peak District.
The spectacular Haddon Hall, near Bakewell, formed the backdrop for much of the series. As one of the most romantic houses in all of England, it provided the perfect setting for Mr Rochester’s Thornfield.
This medieval manor house also features in the more recent film version of the novel – released in 2011 – starring Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska.
The magnificent moorlands surrounding the pretty village of Hathersage were also chosen to film the atmospheric moorland scenes.
Bronte actually wrote Jane Eyre after paying a visit to North Lees Hall, located near Hathersage, and the book itself depicts much of the spectacular scenery found around these parts.
Beyond costume dramas, Derbyshire has been the setting of choice for a variety of other productions too, including the hugely popular drama series Peak Practice.
This long-running series, filmed on location in Derbyshire, was also devised by local playwright Lucy Gannon.
The TV show was set in the small Derbyshire village of Cardale. But you won’t find it on any map, as it’s purely a work of fiction – Cardale is actually the villages of Critch and Fritchkey in disguise.
These pretty hamlets, located in the Borough of Amber Valley, were often used as a backdrop to portray village life in the series.
A number of other locations, including Wingfield Manor and even the city of Derby, also featured in the series.
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