Filming at Arley
Our Zoo BBC TV Series Filmed at Arley
Don’t forget to see Arley Hall in the new BBC drama ‘Our Zoo’ on Wednesday’s at 9pm.
Disney Channel to make first UK production and its chosen Arley as its location.
Evermoor Disney’s new mystery adventure series, filmed at Arley, will be shown on Friday 10th October at 6pm on the UK Disney Channel.
Evermoor, about an American teen who is uprooted from her city home in the US for a new start in England, will be filmed at Arley Hall. It will be produced by Liverpool-based Lime Pictures, the company behind Hollyoaks and The Only Way is Essex. Due to air this autumn, it will be the first UK production to be shown on the Disney Channel.
Billed as a mystery adventure, the film will see 14-year-old Tara Bailey move into beautiful but spooky Evermoor Manor, where she discovers a magical tapestry which seemingly predicts the future. The project has been described as a “multi-part movie”, but Lime Pictures’ head of drama, Rebecca Hodgson, told the BBC News website it could either be screened as a single film, or as a four half-hour series.
She added the film had both a “British and American sensibility”, although there had been “a dialogue polish to make sure we get certain words right”. Filming is planned to start at Arley Hall at the end of April. Hodgson said the Victorian house – which has previously featured in programmes including Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and The Forsyte Saga – was chosen after an extensive location scouting in north-west England. “We were looking for a really interesting old house which had to be inviting enough that you would want to go in, but might have a little bit of a sinister side to it as well,” she said. Casting has yet to be finalised, although Hodgson said producers were open as to whether the actress playing the heroine is from the UK or the US. Disney Channel films have a good track record of becoming worldwide hits and creating stars such as Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Demi Lovato from musical movies High School Musical and Camp Rock. Evermoor is not expected to feature any musical numbers however. “There’s no singing, but there is quite a lot of comedy – it’s very funny,” Hodgson said. The Disney Channel’s David Levine said: “Evermoor is a hugely exciting project for the team with a gripping story that I’m sure will captivate our global Disney Channel audience.”
Chris Beardshaw did some filming late last year in the Herbaceous Border for a BBC2 series Great British Garden Revivals. To watch the episode – click here.
Recently Arley has been the backdrop for a photo shoot involving Alex Hua Tian at Arley Hall & Gardens. To watch a ‘behind the scenes’ video – click here.
Alex Hua Tian, born in London, is an Olympic equestrian sportsman for China. He is the only Chinese event rider competing internationally. Alex took a year out of his studies at Eton to prepare for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He qualified four horses between October 2007 and May 2008. Although as a host nation competitor he only needed to achieve a minimum standard, he qualified in his own right through the rankings as the youngest ever Olympic event rider. In mid-2008 he achieved a ranking of 21st in the world.
Lord Ashbrook Lectures in America – “In March 2012 My wife Zoe and I visited the United States with a view to my giving a lecture on Arley Hall and its gardens. The invitation to do this came from an old friend, P.Allen Smith, of Little Rock, Arkansas. Allen is a distinguished garden designer and host of television programmes in the USA.
I gave the lecture at three different locations – First, at the Winterthur Museum, Delaware, then at the Clinton School of Public administration, part of the Clinton Library, Little Rock – and finally at the Carriage House Restaurant, Natchez, Miississippi.”
The video below was made of the lecture given at Little Rock.
From the exclusive location for the series, Cluedo and Soames’ house in the Forsythe Saga to being a backdrop for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and hosting a number of Coronation Street weddings, Arley has proved to be a top class venue for film and television companies. In addition, Arley is a popular venue for commercial filming and photography, including advertisements and product launches.
Arley Hall has a number of spacious staterooms, each given its own character by the elaborate plasterwork, panelling and furniture. From the Emperor’s Room, once home to Napoleon III, through to the magnificent oak-panelled Library and the Gallery with its stain glass windows and impressive fireplace, the Hall offers a series of historic, opulent and authentic backdrops. Other indoor opportunities include the C15th Cruck Barn and the new state-of-the-art conference centre, Olympia.
The magnificent Gardens, recently voted amongst the top 50 in Europe and top 10 in Britain, are celebrated for their double herbaceous borders, giant Ilex columns, pleached Lime Avenue, yew topiary and walled gardens and offers a stunning variety of backdrops for film and photography.
The Estate’s 2,000 acres features undulating park, ancient woodland, secluded hamlet and lake as well as a cobbled stableyard present countless film and photo opportunities in an undisturbed environment.
For bookings, fees and availability please ring Shelagh Bebington on 01565 777353 Ext 28 or email firstname.lastname@example.org