The Village – begins Easter Sunday, 9pm, BBC 1
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 email@example.com
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