Major new BBC One drama filmed in Derbyshire village

March 2013

The Village – begins Easter Sunday, 9pm, BBC 1

A new period drama set to hit TV screens this week was filmed in the Peak District and focuses on the Derbyshire village of Hayfield.

The Village is an epic drama series for BBC One starring Maxine Peake and John Simm, charting the life and turbulent times of one English village across the whole of the 20th century, written by Bafta-winning writer Peter Moffat.

For four months at the end of last year (Sept-Dec 2012) filming for the new six part series took place in and around the Derbyshire village of Hayfield, with extra locations including Chapel – en – le Frith, Edale and Glossop – to create the fictional village in the series.

Familiar Hayfield sites including the fruit and veg shop on Kinder Road, cricket club and the village’s Royal Hotel appear in the series, and the real-life village shops that were dressed for the filming of The Village have actually kept their early 20th century shop fronts post-filming.

As soon as Executive Producer John Griffin visited Hayfield he knew he had found the main set for The Village. Hayfield, which is approximately 2,900 in population and located in the very north of Derbyshire between Chapel – en – le Frith and Glossop, can expect a rise in interest to this stunning part of the Peak District over the coming months.

When the series writer Peter Moffat visited  a real life  farm located in Edale   his first reaction was: “that it was incredibly beautiful and at the same time very wild. Exactly as I’d imagined it. Then when I met the farmer Roy, who is in his 80’s and was born there and has never left, fiction and historical reality joined up.” Roy’s farm, Highfield Farm, which doubles as Middleton Farm in the series, has a public footpath going across the land (Peak and Northern Footpath, signpost 349), so again, there will be more interest in the farmhouse as Penine Way walkers pass by.

The Village portrays births, deaths, love and betrayal, great political events, upheavals in national identity, ways of working, rules kept and rebellions made, sex, religion, class, the shaping of modern memory – all refracted through the lives of the villagers and one village.



Notes to editors

The Village begins on Sunday 31 March, 9pm, BBC One and runs for 6 weeks.

For further information on the series, please contact Deborah Goodman Publicity  on 020 8959 9980 or

For further information on the Peak District, please contact Jane Travis, Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, on or visit

An image for media use is © to the BBC and can be found at

See more about film locations in the Peak District & Derbyshire at

Visit Peak District & Derbyshire – the area’s official tourist board – work with VisitBritain, VisitEngland, Derbyshire County Council, all local authorities in the Peak District and Derbyshire, tourism business partners and surrounding tourism organisations that share the Peak District. It is committed to the successful and sustainable development of tourism.


4 thoughts on “Major new BBC One drama filmed in Derbyshire village

  1. “It’s not unfamiliar to see the Peak District as the location for major films and TV series. From Jane Eyre to Harry Potter, the Peak District and its diverse range of fantastic locations has for a long time attracted film and television crews. Filming can bring in significant potential revenue to areas and I am delighted that something of the calibre of The Village, with its cast and BBC One slot, selected the Peak District as its backdrop. I expect a rise in visitors to the villages of the Peak District once viewers see the natural beauty of this part of the country on their TV screens. The history of the area lends itself to the historical narrative of the series. Managed correctly, tourism can really benefit from steady rises in visitors off the back of popular TV programmes.”

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