Some of Yorkshire’s finest stately homes star alongside Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley, Dancing on the Edge) in Mammoth Screen’s Victoria when it takes the prime Sunday night slot on ITV this weekend.
The new eight-part drama, which covers the early life of the monarch from her accession to the throne aged just 18 through to her marriage to Prince Albert, played by Tom Hughes (The Game, Dancing on the Edge, Silk), shot extensively at locations across Yorkshire, with many places doubling for iconic London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace (Harewood House, Bramham Park, Wentworth Woodhouse, Newby Hall), the House of Lords (York Guildhall and York Minster School), Kensington Palace (Castle Howard, Newby Hall, Bramham Park, Wentworth Woodhouse) and Windsor Castle (Carlton Towers).
Victoria also filmed at Whitby Harbour, York Guildhall and Beverley Minster, which doubled as Westminster Abbey, whilst the central Buckingham Palace set where much of the seven month shoot took place was created by Production Designer, Michael Howells at Screen Yorkshire’s new Church Fenton Studios, near Leeds.
Supervising Location Manager, Jim Allan said: "The streets of both York and Whitby along with the Stately Homes of Yorkshire looked fantastic and were ideal for Victoria, also nothing was too much trouble. With the on-going help of local Councils, Owners and Staff, plus the bonus of guidance from Creative England we achieved all our goals on schedule. Yorkshire has great locations and a ‘can-do’ attitude."
Film and television production is a great driver of economic growth in the English regional economies. According to recent figures, international screen tourists brought between £100 million and £140 million to the economy in 2014 with the most popular locations attracting up to £1.6million a year from international tourists.
Victoria starts on ITV at 9pm on Sunday 28 August.