Shakespeare in Love at Holkham Beach

FILM AND TV LOCATIONS IN NORTH NORFOLK

Many north Norfolk landmarks and locations have provided the backdrop to plenty of famous films and TV programmes over the years. See below and discover some of the best-known film and TV locations that have appeared on our screens.

Blickling Hall. The Wicked Lady (1945), starring James Mason and Margaret Lockwood in a film about cheating, stealing, poisoning and highway robbery! Filmed at the National Trust’s Jacobean property, the film scandalised American audiences with revealing historical costumes.

BLICKLING HALL

The Wicked Lady

Burnham Deepdale. The farmland in the village of Burnham Deepdale was transformed into a North Korean paddy field for the James Bond film, Die Another Day (2002) starring Pierce Brosnan. RAF Marham was also used.

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Burnham Deepdale

The Broads. Full Metal Jacket (1987) was filmed on the Norfolk Broads which doubled as Asian paddy fields. The scene of the US Army helicopter shooting into the ‘Vietnamese countryside’ was filmed over the Broads National Park. The film 45 Years (2015) starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, also made good use of the Broads.

THE BROADS NATIONAL PARK

Cley-next-the-Sea. The Hollywood legend that is Elizabeth Taylor filmed scenes at Cley Windmill for Conspirator (1949), which also starred Robert Taylor and Honor Blackman. Sixty years later, the marshes at Cley were used for The Duchess (2008) with Keira Knightley.

CLEY-NEXT-THE-SEA

Cley Marshes

Cromer Pier. Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2015), featured a comedy car chase from Norwich to Sheringham, reaching the thrilling conclusion of a shoot-out on Cromer Pier.

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Steve Coogan, Cromer Pier
Heydon. Heydon Hall has featured in A Cock and Bull Story (2005) with Steve Coogan and Gillian Anderson as well as The Grotesque (1995), with Alan Bates and Sting. The picturesque traditional village green, buildings and pub, means Heydon has all the elements to make it the perfect setting for the filming of the Monty Python sketch, of an archetypal village idiot.
Heydon, The Broads

Holkham. Holkham Hall is arguably north Norfolk’s most significant film location. The 18th century Palladian house has been used for The Duchess (2008), starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, All the King’s Men (1999) with David Jason and Dean Spanley (2008) with Peter O’Toole and Sam Neill.

HOLKHAM HALL

Langham. The Dambusters (1954), a classic World War 2 film, starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd features scenes shot at the now-deserted Langham airfield, between Langham and Cockthorpe. The film also featured The Wash, which doubled as the Dutch coast.

The Dambusters, Langham

Little Walsingham. Wartime thriller Glorious 39 (2009), directed by Stephen Poliakoff, features Little Walsingham Abbey and Little Walsingham House and starred, Eddie Redmayne, David Tennant, Christopher Lee, Bill Nighy, Jenny Agutter, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Christie and Romola Garai. Other locations were Holkham Hall and St Nicholas Church at Salthouse.

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the Glorious 39, Walsingham

Sandringham. All the Kings Men (1999), with David Jason and Dame Maggie Smith tells the story of a group of world war one volunteers from the Sandringham estate, led by Captain Frank Beck the estate manager, who joined the Norfolk Regiment and disappeared in Gallipoli in 1915. You can find out more about the story at the Sandringham Museum. The TV drama was also shot at Cromer Blickling, Sheringham, Holkham and Burnham Deepdale.

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All the King's Men