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Lights…Camera...Cumbria

The Lake District is hitting the small screen again this week with the launch of a new ITV drama, starring former Brookside and Marcella star Anna Friel. With scenes shot around Coniston Water, as well as Staveley and Bowness, see how many you can spot.

 

Deep Water

Watch the trailer 
Here

Of course, it’s not the first time the Lake District, Cumbria, has been used as the backdrop for TV and film. It’s got us thinking about a few of the other Cumbrian locations to feature on screen. Do you recognise any?

DERWENTWATER & KESWICK

The widest lake in Cumbria, Derwentwater is a favourite with tourists, with the busy market town of Keswick and a fell well-known by walkers, Catbells, located on its shores.

 

Derwentwater
The area will be instantly recognisable to fans of the BBC drama The A Word about a family and their autistic son. The hit show has been filming in several locations around the Lake District this summer, including Thirlmere, Buttermere and Honister.


Series three will hit the screens in 2020.

Meanwhile one of the most eagerly awaited sequels of all time, the $2 billion blockbuster Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens combined the lakes of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite to create the forested planet of Takodana, with iconic landmarks, including Skiddaw, featuring in the film and trailer. Head to Watendlath Fell in the Borrowdale Valley and transport yourself into space right here in Cumbria!

 

WINDERMERE AND AMBLESIDE

Windermere is one of the most visited parts of Cumbria, with access to England’s largest lake and beautiful scenery right at your doorstep it’s easy to see why.

Windermere
If you are going to make a film about Peter Rabbit, it can only be set in the Lake District. Peter Rabbit 2 will be hopping into the big screen in Spring 2020, following the huge success of the 2018 part animation, part live action movie. James Corden is the voice of Peter, with Rose Bryne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo also starring.


Locations around Windermere and Ambleside have been used in both films.
Watch the trailer
Here

KIRKBY LONSDALE

The historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale is nestled between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. It’s also the setting for The Voyage of Dr Dolittle, due to be released in early 2020. Starring Robert Downey Jr and Antonio Banderas, the Market Square was transformed into a period scene for a car chase.

Kirkby Lonsdale
Kirkby Lonsdale has even doubled as Cornwall! Check out the same location here for the BBC drama Jamaica Inn

WHITEHAVEN

This Georgian coastal town is ideally situated by the sea and this meant that at one time it was the third biggest maritime port in Britain and traded with countries all over the world. Whitehaven’s harbourside was famously used for a dramatic episode of Coronation Street in 2018.

Whitehaven
It set the scene for the nail-biting final confrontation between Eileen (Sue Cleaver) and Phelan (Connar McIntyre) and gripped millions of viewers up and down the country.

Check out the behind the scenes video here

CARLISLE

Carlisle is the capital of Cumbria and perhaps surprisingly, is the largest city by area in
England. Carlisle Castle is at the heart of the city and was chosen as a key setting in the first season of Outlander, based on author Diana Gabaldon's historical time travel books. That’s despite the series being set in Scotland!

Carlisle Castle

You can see the trailer for Carlisle's starring episode here

CONISTON

Situated between Coniston Water and the Coniston Fells, this village used to thrive on copper mining and slate quarrying but is now a prominent tourist destination. The Hollywood blockbuster Miss Potter, featuring Bridget Jones star Rene Zellweger, was filmed around Coniston.

Coniston
Fans of Beatrix Potter will know that she lived at Hilltop in Near Sawrey, not to be confused with Far Sawrey, 1/2 mile down the road. However as her former home is open to the public, Yew Tree Farm, once owned by Miss Potter, was used as Hilltop in the film.

Watch the trailer here

Arthur Ransome’s classic Swallows and Amazons has been made into two feature films, both shot in the Lake District. The 1974 original features a steam train on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and boats from Windermere Lake Cruises.

Forty-five years on and the trains, boats and scenery still look the same today.

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The 2016 remake used Coniston instead of Windermere and really shows off the Lakeland views.

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BARROW-IN-FURNESS

Barrow is perfectly located between the sea and the Lakes and was a leader in ship building, which led to it becoming the bustling industrial town it is today. The most famous production to be shot in Barrow was the poignant wartime drama Housewife 49. The brilliant Victoria Wood, who used to live locally in Silverdale, won two BAFTAs recognising the screenplay and her superb performance as lead character Nella Last.

Barrow-in-Furness
Barrow’s iconic town hall building features quite prominently along with the town’s brick terraced houses, which have not changed in appearance a great deal since wartime. The production company had a real eye for detail as the vintage buses were even painted in the correct blue and cream livery of the period. The beach at Walney is also a major location as the drama unfolds.
Walney Beach


LANGDALE VALLEY

This beautiful valley was shaped by volcanic activity and ice before becoming the peaceful place it is today, the small Elterwater lake that runs from Elterwater village to Skelwith Bridge also provides fantastic reflections of the Langdale Pikes and is a popular walk with visitors.

Little Langdale
Cathedral Cave, in Little Langdale (shown above), Blea Tarn and the Langdale Pikes all appear in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). This Hollywood epic features Twilight Star Kristin Stewart and was a major box office hit around the world. The Lake District scenes are simply breathtaking on the big screen.

Watch the trailer here

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