Film & TV

Providing the perfect setting for many well known Film & TV productions, Cornwall has become a popular destination for those wishing to explore the backdrops behind their favourite stars.

Film & TV

Cornwall, located in the southwestern part of England, has been a popular location for filming movies and television shows. Its stunning coastline, picturesque villages, and rugged landscapes provide a unique and beautiful backdrop for various productions. Here are some notable examples of film and TV productions in Cornwall:

"Poldark" (TV series): Based on the novels by Winston Graham, "Poldark" follows the story of Ross Poldark, a British Army officer who returns to his home in Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War. The series showcases the scenic beauty of Cornwall, including its cliffs, beaches, and mines.

"Doc Martin" (TV series): Set in the fictional village of Portwenn, "Doc Martin" stars Martin Clunes as the socially awkward doctor, Martin Ellingham. The show extensively features the picturesque village of Port Isaac, located on Cornwall's northern coast.

"The Shell Seekers" (TV film): Adapted from the novel by Rosamunde Pilcher, "The Shell Seekers" is a romantic drama set in Cornwall. The film showcases Cornwall's stunning landscapes, including St. Michael's Mount and the Minack Theatre.

"Jamaica Inn" (TV series): Based on Daphne du Maurier's novel, "Jamaica Inn" is a period drama set in 1821. The story follows a young woman who goes to live with her aunt and uncle at Jamaica Inn on the windswept Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.

"Fisherman's Friends" (Film): Inspired by a true story, "Fisherman's Friends" is a heartwarming comedy-drama about a group of Cornish fishermen who sign a record deal and achieve unexpected fame. The film features stunning coastal scenes and the village of Port Isaac.

"The Witches" (Film): The 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's book "The Witches" used several locations in Cornwall, including the Headland Hotel in Newquay for the film's climactic scenes.

"Summer in February" (Film): Set in the early 20th century, "Summer in February" is a romantic drama based on the real-life events surrounding the Lamorna artists' colony in Cornwall. It depicts the beauty of the Cornish countryside and features the picturesque village of Lamorna.

These are just a few examples of the film and TV productions that have been filmed in Cornwall. The region's natural beauty, historic sites, and charming villages continue to attract filmmakers from around the world.

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  • Many scenes in the BBC drama series Poldark were filmed at Porthgwarra Beach, including the pilchard fishing scene and the infamous scene of Ross taking a dip with Demelza watching on in secret.

  • The circular walk to Port Quinn along the South West Coast Path and back across the fields is about five miles in length, however it's not the mileage that you need to worry about, it's all the ups and downs and the steps!

    But, it's a fantastic walk and well worth all the climbs. Take refreshments with uyou and make a day of it.

  • Cornwall's most famous smuggling inn

    Its fame became worldwide when Daphne du Maurier wrote the best-selling novel 'Jamaica Inn' following her enforced stay in November 1930 in Bedroom 3 where she recovered from the ordeal of getting lost until late at night when out horse riding.

    The three-part series was commissioned by Ben Stephenson and Danny Cohen, both from the BBC. Filming began in September 2013 in Cornwall, Yorkshire and Cumbria (Kirkby Lonsdale).

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