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TV Programmes and Films in the Peak District

P D James's murder mystery, Death Comes to Pemberley was filmed at Chatsworth, and it is believed that Jane Austin based Mr Darcy's house Pemberley on Chatsworth House.  Death Comes to Pemberley, a three part TV adaptation, was shown on the BBC over Christmas 2013 and it took the story of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett beyond Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice ending.  Matthew Rhys stars as Darcy and Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth.  Trevor Eve playing Sir Selwyn Hardcastle, is amongst many well known names in the cast. 



Keira Knightley stars in the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet, while Matthew Macfadyen plays her romantic interest Mr. Darcy. It is partly filmed in Chatsworth House, Sudbury Hall, Lyme Park and Stanage Edge.

Chatsworth House is a stately home in North Derbyshire and lies 3.5 miles (5.6 km) northeast of Bakewell. It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and has been home to his family, the Cavendish family, since Bess of Hardwick settled at Chatsworth in 1549.

Sudbury Hall is one of the country’s finest restorations mansions. The Vernon family came to Sudbury as a result of the 16th century marriage of Sir John Vernon to Ellen Montgomery the Sudbury heiress. The house was built between 1660 and 1680 by George Vernon.

Lyme Park is a large estate in Cheshire. It consists of a mansion house surrounded by formal gardens and a deer park. The estate was granted to Sir Thomas Danyers in 1346 and passed to the Leghs of Lyme by marriage in 1388. It remained in the possession of the Legh family until 1946 when it was given to the National Trust.

Stanage Edge is a gritstone escarpment and it is a famous location for climbing. The northern part of the edge forms the border between the High Peak of Derbyshire and Sheffield in South Yorkshire. Its highest point is High Neb at 1,503 ft above sea level.


Jane Eyre is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel by Charlotte Brontë. It is partly filmed in Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, White Edge Lodge Longshaw, Dovedale and Ilam Hall.

Haddon Hall is an English country house on the River Wye at Bakewell, Derbyshire, one of the seats of the Duke of Rutland, occupied by Lord Edward Manners and his family. It is a Medieval and Tudor manor house, with a medieval kitchen and an Elizabethan long gallery.

White Edge Lodge Longshaw is part of long gritstone edge stretching from Stanage to Birchens Edge near Chatsworth, marking the boundary of a wide sweep of moorland overlooking the Derwent Valley. It is mostly covered with grass interspersed with patches of heather where red grouse breed.

Dovedale is a popular dale in the Peak District. It is owned by the National Trust, and annually attracts a million visitors. The valley is cut by the River Dove and runs for just over 3 miles between Milldale in the north and a wooded ravine near Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the south. The wooded ravine contains an attractive set of stepping stones which are often featured on calendars and two caves known as the Dove Holes.

Ilam Hall originally belonged to a Benedictine Abbey and it was sold to the Port family during the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. After 250 years in the family, it was sold to David Pike-Watts. The ill-fated hall was then sold for demolition. Fortunately, the hall was partly saved by Sir Robert McDougall (of flour fame), who entered into agreement with the demolition contractors. In 1934 McDougall generously donated the Hall to the National Trust.

It stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Jane Eyre, William Hurt, Anna Paquin and Joan Plowright. It is partly filmed in Haddon Hall.

The Duchess is a 2008 British drama film directed by Saul Dibb. It is based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. Set in the late Eighteenth Century, the story follows the life of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. While her beauty and fashion made her famous, extravagance and gambling made her infamous. She is married to the cold and much older William Cavendish, the 5th Duke of Devonshire. Despite the Duke's blatant infidelities, Georgiana becomes a fashion icon, a doting mother, a shrewd political operator, and darling of the common people. Reeling from her husband's affair with her best friend, Lady Bess Foster, Georgiana takes on her own lover, the future prime minister Charles Grey, with whom she gives birth to a child in secret, Eliza Courtney. Keira Knightley plays Georgiana Cavendish and it is filmed in a variety of places including Chatsworth House and Kedleston Hall.

Kedleston Hall is an English country house in  Derbyshire, approximately four miles north-west of Derby, and is the seat of the Curzon family whose name originates in Notre-Dame-de-Courson in Normandy. It has been a National Trust property since 1985, with members of the family residing in one wing and the Rectory House.

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