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Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum notches up an­other TV lo­ca­tion credit

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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

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