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Chiltern Open Air Museum notches up another TV location credit
CHILTERN Open Air Museum played host to TV drama Grantchester as crews filmed most of episode five of series three in the museum’s traditional farmstead.
The filming took place in December 2016 when the museum was closed to the public for the winter.
The storyline follows the character of Sidney, Vicar of Grantchester in 1950s, who helps the police solve local crime by understanding human nature.
The episode filmed at the museum included a Romany Gypsy encampment, which needed to have a rural character in location.
The makers of the show were keen to use the museum’s historic farmyard, with its range of traditional farm buildings and cart sheds which was perfect for their story.
Several Gypsy caravans were brought in for the shoot and the museum had to relocate the period threshing machine and lots of other large farm equipment to allow Hill Farm Barn, a reconstructed barn originally from Chalfont St Peter, to be used for an engagement party in the story.
The museum’s Victorian forge was also used for some of the action and the dramatic conclusion of the story.
Museum heavy horses Samuel and Harvey also starred in the episode as part of the Gypsy encampment. Samuel looked very smart, proudly wearing a full harness.
Museum director Sue Shave said: “We were delighted to welcome the cast and crew of Grantchester to the museum.
“The stars of the show were all really lovely people and very interested in the museum’s historic buildings and landscapes.
“Robson Green and Jamie Norton kindly posed for a photo outside the forge one morning in between scenes.
“Lorraine Ashbourne, who guest stars as Cora, the Gypsy wife, absolutely loved the museum and spent as much time as she could exploring the buildings.
“It was a real coup for the museum to host this TV show beloved by the whole nation!”
The popular television programme is currently being aired on ITV on Sunday evenings and episode 5 is available on catch up.
Robson Green and James Norton at Chiltern Open Air Museum filming an episode of Grantchester