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All aboard to travel in Daniel Radcliffe’s spooky footsteps


Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe’s haunting new movie The Woman In Black might look like it was all filmed in one place but in fact the spooky scenes were shot all over the UK.

Parts of Susan Hill’s novel on which the blockbuster is based, were set on the causeway of the River Blackwater in Essex so it was fitting when Director James Watkins decided to use this exact spot as one of his filming locations.

The railway scenes where Arthur Kipps travels to the small market town were filmed at three different railway stations in Sussex and Essex. Colne Valley Railway and Mangapps Railway both in Essex and the Bluebell Railway near Haywards Heath in Sussex doubled up as Crythin Gifford station.

All three railways are open to the public; Bluebell railway invites visitors to travel and eat aboard the Golden Arrow Pullman dining train and experience Rail Ale Evenings. The Colne Valley Railway is closed for maintenance but reopens on Sunday March 18 2012.

Layer Marney Tower near Colchester in Essex also features in the film. The house overlooks the River Blackwater and is famous for having the tallest Tudor gatehouse in Britain. It is private but open to the public making a beautiful wedding venue and visitors can stay at the house in a luxurious holiday cottage or in one of the six appointed encampments.

The exterior scenes for the haunted Eel Marsh House were shot at Cotterstock Hall near the village of Oundle in Northamptonshire, but it is a private residence and therefore not open to the public.

Director James Watkins says he was instantly taken by the property. “We were there for three days in the summer,” he told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. “Obviously as a haunted house film, it is very important to get that location right.

“It had a real vibe about it and it almost looked like it has eyes. I thought it helped create that sense of dread.

“The problem was it was kept in too good a state by the owners! We had to put weeds over the immaculate lawn and make the front of the house have ivy and things like that.”

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Fresh faces join Upstairs Downstairs

Upstairs Downstairs is back on television from tomorrow night with some new faces and gripping storylines.

As the residents of 165 Eaton Place – Lord Holland (Ed Stoppard) and Lady Agnes (Keeley Hawes) –  face the prospect of a looming war, they’ll be joined by the late Lady Maud’s younger half-sister Blanche, played by ER star Alex Kingston and society novelist Portia Alresford, played by Emilia Fox.

“I simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to get inside the iconic 165 Eaton Place and join a show steeped in such history but that has been revived for a whole new generation,” says Alex Kingston.

Eaton Place is supposed to be in London but the exteriors of the townhouse are actually shot in Leamington, while the beautiful interiors are filmed at the BBC’s studios in Wales.

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Coronation Street may be saved for the nation

English Heritage is deciding whether the old Coronation Street set in Manchester qualifies as a place of historic interest, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror.

The soap’s old outdoor set is under consideration for listing and could be turned into a tourist attraction. The show moved from its Manchester studios to Salford Quays in 2010 but the original set still stands and is an iconic place for millions of fans who have grown up with the 51-year-old ITV soap.

From 1988 the set was part of Granada Studio’s tour but the company stopped offering tours in 1999.

A source from the English Heritage told the Sunday Mirror: “There’s a really good chance it will be grated listed status in April.”

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