STATUS: In Production

Due to be shown on the BBC in the autumn


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Video: 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 Saturday.

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.

To see a video on the making of Emma click here

Further videos on the transformation of Chilham can be seen here

BBC's 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 Mr Knightley.


Romola 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.


Casting 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 today.

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.



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