Yorkshire needs no touch ups, special effects or computer generated imagery (CGI) follow in the footsteps of royalty, as Yorkshire’s most stunning locations take centre stage in the new period drama Victoria. Less than two hours from London, Yorkshire’s eclectic mix of rolling countryside, spectacular coastlines, impressive stately homes and contemporary cities are living sets just waiting to be explored.
Go on a journey of discovery fit for a Queen as Yorkshires most iconic stately homes and landscapes are magically transformed, bringing to life the story of Queen Victoria, a tiny (4’11”) neglected teenager who overnight became Queen and eventually the most powerful woman in the world.
Head to Harewood House which was used for Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. Castle Howard also doubled as Kensington Palace - all while the house remained open to the public. At Newby Hall, some of the rooms became Brooks, a Gentlemen’s Club situated in Mayfair. Also used were some of the exteriors, and the cellars and attics which are not open to the public, but became kitchens at Kensington Palace and attics at Buckingham Palace. Meanwhile Carlton Towers, the private family home of Lord and Lady Fitzalan Howard, which was transformed into Windsor Castle. Plus many more...
Yorkshire has provided the perfect backdrop for many much loved and widely seen television and film productions. In fact, such is Yorkshire’s close relationship with the film industry, that Bradford has been named the world’s first UNESCO City of Film.
Victoria didn’t just see Yorkshire’s stately homes and landscapes transformed. A big pull for the production team Mammoth was Screen Yorkshire’s newly launched Church Fenton Studios, a former RAF base located half-way between Leeds and York. Victoria was the first production to film at the studios. Screen Yorkshire say the studios are a game changer for attracting large scale productions. Creative England provided crew and locations support and helped with securing filming permissions for the shoot. Series two is being filmed from February and is due to be screened later in 2017.