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New BBC Drama Filmed In Lacock - 4756/8679
Written by Lee on Saturday, 17th November 2007

Tommorrow (18/11/2007) sees the first episode of the new BBC drama Cranford , which was filmed in Lacock with a star-studded cast including Dame Judi Dench (link below.)

The five-part series is an adaptation of three of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels set in the fictional North West town of Cranford.

The story :

Cranford in the 1840s is a small Cheshire market town on the cusp of change.

The railway is pushing its way relentlessly towards the town from Manchester , bringing fears of migrant workers and the breakdown of law and order.

I wonder if they filmed the nearby Melksham line as part of this?

Re: New BBC Drama Filmed In Lacock - 4756/8739
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 21st November 2007

More in the link below.

Re: New BBC Drama Filmed In Lacock - 4756/10050
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 13th February 2008

A Hollywood blockbuster filmed partly in Lacock is set to hit cinemas next month (link below.)

Scenes for The Other Boleyn Girl were shot at Lacock Abbey in 2006 and stars include Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana.

Great Chalfield Manor near Melksham was also used to in the filming of the epic, which is about the relationship between King Henry VIII and Mary Boleyn, the sister of his wife Anne.

Re: New BBC Drama Filmed In Lacock - 4756/10956
Written by Lee on Friday, 21st March 2008

BBC period costume drama Cranford, which was mainly filmed in the village of Lacock, has been nominated for four Bafta awards (link below.)

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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