Due to be shown on the BBC in the autumn
Chilham taken back in time for Jane Austen's Emma
Charming Chilham has been taken back in time
for the latest version of Jane Austen’s Emma. The town
square has been chosen as a backdrop for the costume drama
which will be shown on BBC One in the autumn.
Crews arrived in the village last week to build
sets and prepare the area for the start of filming on Tuesday.
They are expected to shoot in the square, in front of the
local school, in the churchyard and at the village hall until
The area has been transformed into an authentic 19th century
setting, with gravel and straw hiding road markings, and burglar
alarms being boxed in. Horse and carts have replaced parked
cars, and period costumes worn in place of jeans and jumpers.
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Emma to start filming in Chilham next week
Picturesque Chilham will provide the set for
the BBC’s latest costume drama, a four-part serialisation
of Jane Austen’s Emma.
Popular with location directors looking for a picture perfect
English village, Chilham will stand in for the fictional village
of Highbury in Surrey, the setting of Austen’s romantic
comedy tale of matchmaking gone awry.
The large scale production, the latest in a series of popular
period dramas commissioned by the BBC, will feature veteran
actor Michael Gambon as Emma’s neurotic father, and
Trainspotting star Jonny Lee Miller as Emma’s friend
Garai to play Emma in BBC's latest Jane Austen adaptation
For years she has languished in her friend Keira
Knightley's shadow, but actress Romola Garai has finally attained
leading lady status with the starring role in the BBC's latest
Jane Austen adaptation, a production of Emma.
Garai will play the "handsome, clever and
rich" heroine in a lavish BBC One costume drama to be
screened in the autumn.
The high calibre cast of Emma includes Sir Michael
Gambon as the matchmaking heroine's doting father and Jonny
Lee Miller as her suitor, Mr Knightley. Filming begins next
week at locations in Kent and Surrey.
The BBC promises a "fresh, witty and perceptive take
on a timeless tale" last serialised by the corporation
in 1972 and turned into a Hollywood film starring Gwyneth
Paltrow in 1996. It will be shown in four hour-long episodes
and will be the BBC's last Austen adaptation for several years,
after executives decided to replace 'bonnet dramas' with a
focus on the 20th century.
announced for BBC One's Emma this Autumn
Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, Michael Gambon,
Tamsin Greig, Robert Bathurst and Jodhi May will star in Sandy
Welch's four-part adaptation of Austen's comic masterpiece
Emma, a BBC Drama Production for BBC One, it was announced
Jonny Lee Miller (Byron, Eli Stone, Trainspotting)
plays Mr Knightley, Emma's shrewd and attractive neighbour,
whose strength of character is in sharp contrast to her father,
providing a welcome counterpart to the headstrong protagonist.