With its rolling hills, idyllic countryside, history and plethora of historical houses, Cheshire has been a favourite filming location for a broad spectrum of television and film productions. In this post, we take a look back at some of our favourite productions, that have been filmed in Cheshire.
In 2015, the high-profile cast and crew descended on Arley Hall located in Arley village, four miles south of Lymm. Arley Hall featured in the third series of the BAFTA-award winning show, as the residence of lead character Thomas Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy. Co-stars Tom Hardy and Helen McRory were also spotted during filming at Arley Hall. Following the filming at Arley Hall, visitor numbers sky-rocketed, as Peaky Blinders’ fans flocked to pay homage to their hero Thomas Shelby’s residence. Also that year, the Antiques Roadshow also visited Arley Hall, where experts appraised valuables brought in by members of the public.
The Real Housewives of Cheshire
As a secret and guilty addiction, ITVBe’s The Real Housewives of Cheshire has probably done the most to shine the spotlight on Cheshire. Filmed across the county, following the lives of WAGs, businesswomen and socialites, the popular reality TV series is full of glitz and glam. While most of the filming takes place in the wealthy Hale Barns area, filming spans from there to Wilmslow and Alderly Edge. Tanya Bardsley’s boutique in Alderly Edge and former star Ampika Pickston’s beauty salon Opium have brought the nation’s attention to some of Cheshire’s plushest establishments.
ITV’s iconic and longstanding 1940s detective drama has been filmed in various locations across Cheshire, over its history. In April 2014, the cast and crew of Foyle’s War arrived at Tattenhall village, Cheshire West. Also, filming took place in the nearby village of Church Bank. Previously, scenes for Foyle’s War have also been filmed at the quaint and iconic Albion Street and Steele Street in Chester.