Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Filming Starts Around Herefordshire

Filming has just started on a new TV series based on Midwinter of the Spirit, the second of the Merrily Watkins novels by Phil Rickman. This was decided to be the best place to start, as the first story, Wine of Angels, was originally intended to be a stand alone novel, and it was only in the second story that Merrily became the Diocesan Deliverance Minister (or exorcist). Weobley and Dilwyn are standing in for the fictional Herefordshire village of Ledwardine, and filming has also been taking place around Hereford Cathedral, including the Lichfield Vaults pub. The cathedral interiors, however, will be filmed at Chester, partly because it's closer to Manchester, where the film crew is based, and thus more convienient for them.
Members of PRAS, the Phil Rickman Appreciation Society, are very excited. It looks like a high quality cast, too, with Anna Maxwell Martin as Merrily, David Threlfall as Huw Owen, and Ben Bailey Smith as Merrily's boyfriend Lol Robinson.

If this one is a success, maybe they'll go on to do the rest of the series (the 12th Merrily Watkins novel is set in Hay, so it'll be a long time before they get round to us!).

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