Friday, 3 September 2010

Alnwick Castle: The Star of the Show (NU188137)

We’ve all wondered, haven’t we? Every time it pops up in another film – Alnwick Castle, that is. I mean, just how many films has this place featured in over the years? Well, I don’t think anyone really knows for sure, but here’s the best I can come up with. I make it fifteen…

1954 Prince Valiant
1964 Becket
1971 Mary, Queen of Scots
1977 Count Dracula
1979 The Spaceman and King Arthur
1982 Ivanhoe
1983 Robin Hood and the Sorcerer
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1998 Monk Dawson
1998 Elizabeth
1998 A Knight in Camelot
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2010 Robin Hood

Some of these are, I admit, TV movies, but they still count as feature-length efforts. And in addition to the above, there have been more than twenty TV programmes or series filmed at the old place – among them, The Black Adder, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Robin of Sherwood, The Glass Virgin and Ivanhoe (the series); as well as the odd short film.

I’d be interested to know if anyone can add any more.

In Demand: Alnwick Castle

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