From Stardust to The Go-Between: Did you know these films and TV shows were shot in Norwich?
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As filming for The Rock's Fighting With My family wraps up, we take a look at some of the other big productions that have called lights, camera, action in the fine city over the years.
• The Go-Between, Norwich Cathedral, Tombland and The Maid's Head Hotel
The 1971 adaptation of the novel by L.P. Hartley starred Julie Christie, Alan Bates and Margaret Leighton. Various locations across Norfolk were used for filming including Melton Constable Hall and Heydon. Norwich also played a big part in the movie, with Tombland, The Maid's Head Hotel and Norwich Cathedral all featuring.
• And Now for Something Completely Different, Elm Hill and Norwich city centre
A British sketch comedy film based on Monty Python's Flying Circus, this 1971 film shot several scenes in Norwich, with John Cleese at his desk near the castle and Elm Hill being used in the Beethoven sketch. The village idiot sketch was also filmed in Norfolk at Heydon.
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• Dean Spanley, Elm Hill and Norwich Cathedral
This 2008 comedy drama film, directed by Toa Fraser is an adaptation of fantasy author Lord Dunsany's My Talks with Dean Spanley and stars Jeremy Northam, Peter O'Toole and Sam Neil. The Edwardian curiosity of a film features many great local areas as backdrops, including Norwich Cathedral and Elm Hill, to name a few.
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• Lovejoy, Elm Hill
Lovejoy was a British television series based on the novels by John Grant, which ran over six series. The show followed the adventured of Lovejoy, a loveable rogue antiques dealer based in East Anglia portrayed by Ian McShane. The show filmed at many locations across the country, including Norwich's historic cobbled lane, Elm Hill.
• Tales of the Unexpected, Magdalen Street, Norwich Union's Marble Hall, Upper St. Giles Street, Princes Street, Bowthorpe Cemetery
This series was based on sinister short stories by Roald Dahl collected in books such as Tales of the Unexpected, Kiss Kiss and Someone Like You. Made by Anglia Television for ITV, interior scenes for the show were recorded at the Norwich studios (now Epic Studios) on Magdalen Street, while the rest of filming mainly took place across East Anglia, including various places in the fine city.
• The Chief, Various locations
Starring Norwich resident Martin Shaw as Chief Constable Alan Cade, this 90s TV show set in the fictitious Eastland Constabulary documented Cade's struggle to bring the community's growing crime problem under control. The show filmed at various locations in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston and aimed to provide an accurate representation of Anglian Police processes, even employing former Chief Constable James Anderton as an adviser.
• Wilt, Norwich city centre
This 1989 adaptation of the Tom Sharpe novel of the same name, starred Griff Rhys Jones and Alison Steadman. The plot follows the misadventures of Henry Wilt, a community studies teacher who is accused of murdering his wife. External scenes for the film were shot in the city outside City Hall and in St Augustine's. Other locations in the area also included Horning, Ranworth and Thetford.
• Devices and Desires, Norwich Cathedral
This 90s TV show was an adaptation of the detective novel of the same name, part of the Adam Dalgliesh series by P. D. James. Starring Roy Marsden, Susannah York and Gemma Jones the show ran for one series and scenes were filmed at Norwich Cathedral and Salthouse.
• Stardust, Elm Hill
The 2007 adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel starring Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller and Michelle Pfeiffer follows a young man as he enters a magical world to collect a fallen star, who turns out to be a young woman that he must protect. In 2006, Elm Hill was transformed into a street in the film's mystical land.
• The Grotesque, Norwich Guildhall and Bethel Street
Starring Alan Bates, Sting and Lena Headey, this 2009 film shot at various locations across the city, including the Guildhall and the former Bethel Hospital.
• Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013), Norwich City Centre
Norwich's favourite fictional radio host/presenter, Alan Partridge shot lots of scenes for his shows in the fine city and chose to film a movie here too. Steve Coogan, who plays Partridge, told fans the film was his 'love letter to Norwich' and he premiered the film in the city at Anglia Square.
• The Uninvited, Norwich Magistrate's Court, Orford Place and Golden Star pub
A 90s ITV science fiction television mini-series, The Uninvited was made by Anglia Television. The show follows photographer Steve Blake who witnesses a horrific car crash in which the head of British Nuclear Power is killed, but the next day, he appears alive. Parts of the show were filmed at the University of East Anglia, and others at Prospect House as well as various other locations across Norfolk.
• Jack the Giant Slayer, Norwich Cathedral
A live action version of the classic fairy tale was shot in 2013 starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor. Actors from the film descended on Norwich to film at the cathedral. Scenes in the movie show Jack fighting giants inside the building which was used as a castle.
• Cuckoo (2009), Norwich city centre and UEA
Filmed in Norwich and Great Yarmouth during the autumn and winter of 2008/2008, Cuckoo is a psychological thriller starring Richard E Grant and Tamsin Greg directed by Richard Bracewell.
• 45 Years, Various city centre locations
Written and directed by Andrew Haigh, based on short story In Another Country by David Constantine, this romantic drama, which won various awards at film festivals in 2015 starred Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. The film takes place across six days and focuses on a Norfolk couple who are planning to celebrate their 45th anniversary with friends at the Assembly House in Norwich. Locations used in the film include House cafe on St Benedicts Street, The Assembly House, Gentleman's Walk and London Street.
• Tulip Fever, Norwich Cathedral
Film crews descended on Norwich Cathedral once again in 2014, this time to shoot scenes for Tulip Fever, a period drama starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan and Judi Dench. The movie, which is actually set in 17th century Amsterdam during the height of tulip mania is based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach and was due for release in 2016. No new release date has yet been announced.
• Avengers: Age of Ultron, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Superheroes flew into action at the University of East Anglia in 2015, as the closing scenes for Avengers: Age of Ultron were filmed at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, also known as Avengers HQ. Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson were all on set and many university students were lucky enough to nab small roles in the film.
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