Winchester Debuts in The Crown – Get Ready for the Netflix Series of the Year!

Posted a while ago (Thu Nov 03 2016 )

The Crown The first season of the much anticipated Netflix series this year is finally hitting or screens. The Crown a ten episode series based on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the trials and tribulations behind these times gives us an inside look at the early reign of our Queen.

The filming of The Crown, the first ever UK Netflix production coming in at over £100 million to produce saw Winchester become centre stage with many scenes filmed in the City. Actors descending on Winchester back in January included Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth, John Lithgow playing Winston Churchill and Matt Smith as Prince Phillip.

Our very own Winchester is known to double up as London very well and did so for this particular filming of The Crown. With the work of the production team, location managers, staff, highways, the City Council and Film Hampshire The Great Hall was transformed into Westminster. Further into the City Canon Street, College Street and one of Winchesters greatest pubs the Wykham Arms recreated  wartime Britain and Windsor.

Catch the all episodes starting on Netflix Friday 4th November and keep your eye out for some of Winchesters best film locations.

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History in the Making Ltd has moved into bigger and better premises

Posted a while ago (Tue Oct 04 2016 )

History in The Making History in the Making Ltd is a specialist company providing support services to the film, television and theatre industry. Established in 1992 by Film Armourer, Hamish MacLeod, History in the Making Ltd has supplied costumes and weapons to many world-leading productions. They are Registered Firearms Dealers for the film, television and theatre industry, approved by the Home Office for Section 5 Prohibited Firearms, approved firearms contractors for the BBC and full members of the Gun Trade Association. They are very pleased to announce that the company has finalised the transition into our new premises in Waterlooville, Hampshire.

At more than 2,000 square metres it is more than twice the space

than their previous base, they now offer a full service to the film, TV and Theatre industry.

Their new Studio at Number Five has become a one stop shop for film makers,

photographers and costume designers. Now offering the following facilities.

16 x 8 metre studio space.

8 x 6 metre studio space.

Full set design and building service.

Costume store with sewing room.

Prop store.


Action Vehicles.

Rehearsal space / green room / office suite.

Secure Parking.

Please telephone to make an appointment to visit

023 92253175.


An Insight into Film Hampshire..

Posted a while ago (Fri Aug 26 2016 )

exbury-house-film-hampshire As a film office, our work spans across many areas in the industry, with our main priority to drive economic prosperity in the county and promote Hampshire as a fantastic  film destination. With the same  structure as many film offices across the country we sit within the local government, Hampshire County Council and are further  part of the Economic Development team, allowing us access to a wide range of expertise and achievement of shared objectives.

Having this structure allows us to effectively work closely with various departments such as transport and second tier districts and parish councils to efficiently deliver our services to production companies. We assist production companies in sourcing locations, offering a free location sourcing service, supporting with road closures and filming permissions. Uniquely , at Film Hampshire we are one of the few film offices not to charge for film permits, in many public areas and road closures.  Independent charges for filming at locations are all dependent on the particular location and vary from the time and type of filming being undertaken.

We work very closely with other regional film offices to ensure the film landscape across the UK is maintained as a great one and the place to be. Sharing expertise and  working together to assist large productions in ensuring they have the best experience filming in the UK as well as our own regions.

We offer our services to productions of every size  and as well as sourcing locations also feel passionately about supporting and developing the film landscape within the county. Whether this be through the professional  service promotion we do for the high calibre of businesses we have in the area, to attracting a large production into the county that further utilise our businesses local services. This can range from our very own fantastic Black Hangar Studios to camera crew, costume and catering.

Hampshire is attractive to film producers due to its close proximity to London, our fabulous landscapes and diverse range of locations on offer and not to forget that small bonus of being permit free including for small productions and short film makers. Obviously not to forgetting to gain permission regardless!

Projects we have supported and films that have been shot in Hampshire include most recently the first UK produced Netflix series ‘The Crown’ to be released in October 2016. This saw Winchester doubling up as many locations across London including Westminster.

We have seen Tom Cruise at Fawley Power Station in the New Forest, taking on his most impossible mission yet to eradicate the syndicate in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and at the other end north of the county on the border at Greenham Common the millennium  falcon made an appearance for Star Wars The Force Awakens filming.

Other productions filmed in Hampshire include:

  • Les Miserable

  • World War Z

  • Downtown Abbey

  • Skyfall

  • Captain America

  • Hollow Crown: War of the Roses

Regardless of your production need we will always see what we can do and enjoy the diversity of the industry and landscape and want to continue to see this thrive in Hampshire.

Contact us today!


The Great Hall Winchester sets the scene for the Hollow Crown II

Posted a while ago (Wed May 04 2016 )

Hollow Crown II The eagerly awaited second serving of the Hollow Crown aired this May 2016, coinciding with the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616. The Hollow Crown plays out and is based upon Shakespeare’s history plays involving, Henry IV, V, VI and Richard II and III.

This trilogy sees stars that include Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III, Dame Judi Dench as The Duchess of York and Downtown Abbey star Hugh Bonneville as Gloucester. With the star studded cast the production crew spent just under a month shooting in Winchester at the historic Great Hall, revisiting history with Shakespeare’s acting company The Kings Men said to have previously performed in Winchester itself.

But why the Great Hall?

The Great Hall, Winchester positions itself as both a great place to visit to delve into history and an adaptable canvas for film productions. The Great Hall is all that remains of Winchester Castle, the castle was originally constructed for William the Conqueror in 1067 helping to secure his hold on Winchester after the Norman Conquest. The Great Hall was a later addition to the castle constructed from 1222-1235 under the instruction of Henry III. The Royal Apartments were partly destroyed by fire in 1302 and many years later the castle walls were ordered to be demolished after the castle was besieged by Oliver Cromwell. Today the Great Hall showcases King Arthur’s Round Table, believed to have been constructed for Edward I and later painted by Henry VIII, reflecting its many Royal connections. You can dig deeper into history, see the Round Table and find out more by planning your visit to the Great Hall…

As well as the Hollow Crown recent productions that the Great Hall has featured in include  Wolf Hall and the first UK produced Netflix series set to break records when released later this year ‘The Crown’. An adaptable filming location the Great Hall has endless opportunity with its leading cobbled road taking you to its doors, quaint gardens and surrounding period buildings which create and develop an atmosphere and offering that can be used to set many scenes. Previous backdrops have seen the Great Hall and surroundings feature as Westminster, law courts, living quarters, period homes and to shoot ceremonies and events alike.

Winchester as an historic City of contrast is a favourite amongst the film industry with its ability to recreate locations such as London whilst filming many scenes in one City. Alongside the Great Hall, a short distance away is Winchester College, which has featured as Eton College in the Riot Club, popular for its heritage and historic image. The Hospital of St Cross renowned for the beauty of its original architecture situated amongst the water meadows and beside the River, Winchester Cathedral and its beautiful grounds, not forgetting its surroundings of period streets, buildings and establishments.

Looking for a location or would like to find out more about filming in Winchester and Hampshire, contact Film Hampshire


Film Hampshire assists with BBC drama The Interceptor

Posted a while ago (Wed Jun 17 2015 )

The Interceptor

New BBC drama The Interceptor launched on BBC 1 last Wednesday.

It follows Customs Officer Marcus Ashton who is recruited to a new law enforcement team, tasked with hunting down some of Britain's most wanted criminals.

The Interceptor has a stellar cast which includes Trevor Eve, Jo Joyner and O.T. Fagbenle.

Some scenes were filmed at Fleet Service Station in Hampshire, in 2014. Film Hampshire aided both the Location Manager and Creative England with queries relating to the programme. The cast and crew spent three days filming in the county in total.

The series continues this evening on BBC1 at 9pm.


Avengers: Age of Ultron filmed in Hampshire

Two of the county's prime locations were used for filming

Posted a while ago (Wed Apr 22 2015 )


Hollywood's latest blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron is released in UK cinemas on 23rd April.

It is expected to be one of the highest grossing movies of all time. In the summer of 2014 the film's cast and crew descended on the Ministry Of Defence owned Hawley Common near Farnborough to shoot winter snow scenes. They also spent 8 weeks shooting at Hampshire's Stratfield Saye House (home to the Duke of Wellington) and Bourne Woods, just across the Hampshire/Surrey border. One of the film's Location Managers, Charlotte Wright, said:

Hampshire has some really unique and outstanding locations to offer the film industry and we are always grateful to the local communities who are affected by filming. The locals were fantastic and all very excited to find out what it was we were filming and what Hollywood stars they could potentially get sight of in their woods

Avengers: Age of Ultron brings together Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow who fight against evil Ultron. The film stars the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Junior and Scarlett Johansson.

Although Film Hampshire were not involved with this particular project, there is no question that the county's impressive film locations are still drawing in the Hollywood elite. As well as the diversity of the locations, Hampshire is situated within a two hour drive time of London.

You can watch the trailer for the film online here.


Broadchurch director speaks at Winchester Discovery Centre to celebrate launch of new Hampshire film company

Local film director aims to nurture local talent

Posted a while ago (Tue Apr 14 2015 )


A series of nine filmmaking masterclasses will be taking place at Winchester Discovery from 15th April.

The aim of these classes is to enhance people's perceptions of the collaborative film making process and enjoy a fascinating incite as to the pitfalls and achievements of creating a dramatic piece of work. They have been put together by new Hampshire based company - The Hampshire Picture Company.

The first class, The Art of Filmmaking Revealed, will be hosted by award-winning director James Strong, who has worked on Broadchurch, Downton Abbey and ITV's Code of a Killer. James will be giving an insight in to topics such as what makes a drama suitable for TV instead of film. Future speakers include Casting Director Manuel Puro and Emmy nominated composer David Poore.

The Hampshire Picture Company is the vision of film director Caroline Sax who lives in the county. After realising the amount of emerging talent in Hampshire, Caroline wanted to find a way to support and nurture our future filmmakers.

Hampshire is a film destination that is used by companies from outside of the county, such as London or America. Very few films are incubated here. So I asked myself, what happens to all the students who come out of film school? Where do they go? How do they get work?

The company’s first film is Past and Perfect, a psychological family drama which will shoot in Winchester, Upham and the Meon Valley in September. Caroline says:

I was so struck by Hampshire’s beauty that I just wanted to make films here forever. Some of the views from the A272 are just lovely and every corner I’ve turned there was another breath-taking view.

A full list of the masterclasses can be found on the Winchester Discovery Centre website. You can contact The Hampshire Picture Company directly via


Downton Abbey to end after the next series

Sadly the time has come to say goodbye to the Crawley family...

Posted a while ago (Wed Apr 01 2015 )


Carnival and ITV have confirmed that popular TV series Downton Abbey will end after its sixth series.

Executive Producer Graeme Neame said:

Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception.

The series has been running since 2010 and is filmed at Hampshire's Highclere Castle near Newbury, and the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire. Film Hampshire assisted with queries during the fifth series.

During its run Downton Abbey has won a string of awards including Emmys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. The show's creator Julian Fellowes is set to write a new period drama based in the US. He recently said:

The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea.

Series six is currently filming at the Highclere estate, with one of its stars Hugh Bonneville recently announcing an exciting finale at Christmas.


Wolf Hall reignites interest in Winchester's Tudor heritage

Visitors to Winchester can now follow in the footsteps of Tudor greats in new city heritage trails.

Posted a while ago (Wed Feb 18 2015 )

Claire Foy

Popular BBC drama Wolf Hall has reignited interest in the Tudor period in the Winchester area. The city was the backdrop for several scenes in the series, with filming taking place at Winchester Cathedral, the Great Hall and the Hospital of St Cross.

Winchester City Council, in collaboration with Winchester Area Tourist Guides Association, have developed new Tudor trails around the city. The route is free to download and it takes in many renowned landmarks along the way.

A special Wolf Hall tourist guide has also been created linking Tudor landmarks with filming locations.

Councillor Rob Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council and portfolio holder for tourism, said:

We have seen an increase in film location enquiries in Winchester - with our colleagues at Film Hampshire contacting council officers regularly with information about the requirements of film companies.
In addition to Wolf Hall, we have also had Benedict Cumberbatch spotted filming The Hollow Crown and before that Les Misérables was shot in College Street.

The National Trust have also put together a tourist map highlighting Wolf Hall film locations. The map includes the Winchester attractions listed above, along with the Vyne near Basingstoke. You can view this online here.


BBC game show Prized Apart films in Farnborough

Emma Willis and Reggies Yates are set to host a new game show.

Posted a while ago (Fri Jan 30 2015 )

Emma Willis

Emma Willis and Reggies Yates are set to host a new game show and you could be an audience member.

Brand new BBC game show Prized Apart will be filming at FIVE at Farnborough in February and March.

Shot on location abroad and in the UK, the show will feature ten contestants who compete in a range of gruelling challenges. Each week the climax of the show will be filmed at FIVE next to Farnborough Airport.

Join Emma as the exclusive Prized Apart plane brings the three contestants facing elimination back home to the hangar where they will meet their fate. Their stay-at-home partners will battle it out to keep their loved ones in the competition by answering a set of nerve-shredding questions in an explosive head-to-head round against the other partners. If they succeed, their loved ones will get back on the plane to continue the adventure!

The production company are looking for audience members. You can apply online and tickets are free! More information can be found at: The minimum age for attendance at this show is 12 years. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

The show records at 5.30pm on Saturdays in February and March at FIVE in Farnborough.


Winchester to feature in BBC drama Wolf Hall

Winchester's Great Hall, Cathedral and Hospital of St Cross all feature in the new BBC drama.

Posted a while ago (Tue Jan 20 2015 )

Wolf Hall

As the latest BBC drama Wolf Hall starts on BBC2 tonight (21 January), keep an eye out for some of Winchester's best known tourist attractions which serve as locations for some of the scenes. The city's Great Hall, Cathedral and Hospital of St Cross all featured in the upcoming British drama.

Film Hampshire aided the Assistant Location Manager with initial location searches in the Winchester area in February last year.

Wolf Hall has a stellar cast which includes Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Bernard Hill and Claire Foy.

The six part mini series is based on two best-selling novels by author Hilary Mantel and it tells the story of Henry VIII's court from the perspective of his advisor Thomas Cromwell.

Wolf Hall will be aired on BBC2 on Wednesday nights at 9pm.


Production spend in Hampshire reaches #8.5 million in 2014

In 2014 Hampshire could have been mistaken for Hollywood with 11 feature films and five high profile TV productions being shot in the County.

Posted a while ago (Fri Jan 16 2015 )


Hampshire has seen A-list celebrities such as: Tom Cruise, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Costner, Scarlett Johansson, Dame Judy Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch over the last year.

The key productions that chose to film in Hampshire include: Mission Impossible 5, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, 24: Live Another Day, Criminal, Wolf Hall, The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses and Downtown Abbey. All in all, Hampshire has seen over 350 days of top quality filming taking place within its boundaries.

Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Councillor Seán Woodward, said:

Film Hampshire have done an outstanding job in 2014 attracting many high profile productions into the County which has a positive effect on our economy, with film crews staying and spending money locally as well as publicising Hampshire to support our tourism industry. Tourism plays a vital role in Hampshire generating well over £3 billion each year from visitors coming into Hampshire, and providing more than 60,000 jobs.

*Based on figures issued by Creative England.


Winchester hits the big screen

Winchester features as the backdrop to another high profile British film, The Riot Club, which opens in cinemas on Friday 18th September.

Posted a while ago (Tue Sep 16 2014 )

The Riot Club is based on an elite secretive dining society at Oxford University who are looking for new members. Written by Laura Wade and directed by Lone Scherfig, it stars Sam Claflin and Max Irons as two first year students who are invited to become members.

Scenes for The Riot Club were shot in Hampshire’s Great Hall and Winchester College as well as London, Oxford and Pinewood Studios. The cast and crew spent two days filming fencing scenes in the Great Hall and three days filming at Winchester College, bringing in an estimated £160,000 in production spend to the local economy.

Filming was made possible through the county’s Film Office, Film Hampshire, who assisted with the initial location searches. Based within Hampshire County Council’s Economic Development department, Film Hampshire regularly aid location searches for film companies and Location Managers wanting to shoot in the county. Their database features around 400 locations spread across Hampshire, showcasing the diversity and beauty of the region.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said:

It’s wonderful to see that once again Winchester has been able to play host to such a high profile film with three of the UK’s most up and coming actors Max Irons, Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth. Associations like these increase tourism, and the tourism sector plays a vital role in the local economy. It generates well over £3 billion each year from visitors coming into Hampshire, and provides more than 60,000 jobs.

Film Hampshire have aided location searches for several Hollywood blockbusters including Les Misérables, The Monuments Men, World War Z and James Bond films. They have also recently assisted production teams with queries relating to Downton Abbey series 5 and 24: Live Another Day.


Film Hampshire helps Tom Cruise combat aliens in Test Valley

A military training area in Hampshire is the backdrop to the latest Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller 'Edge of Tomorrow.'

Posted a while ago (Thu Jan 16 2014 )

Cruise, co-star Emily Blunt and their film crews, shot scenes for the alien combat movie at the former army base in Barton Stacey, near Andover. They set up camp for two and a half weeks in November and December 2012.

Filming was facilitated through Film Hampshire, a service offered by Hampshire County Council to promote Hampshire as a great film location, as well as providing film makers with a valuable free location finding service.

Hampshire has some 400 film locations on its books, including 40 historic country houses, 25 parks and plenty of woodland and beaches.  It has benefits all round, raising Hampshire’s international profile, while a large number of locally-based companies provide services to the creative industry while they are in the county. Film crews benefit from the excellent domestic and international transport links, a wealth of historical connections, local expertise and an extensive network of contacts.

In the first half of this year alone, film and television producers have spent over £6 million while shooting in Hampshire – bringing significant benefits to local businesses. ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ had an estimated production spend of £544,000 whilst filming in the Andover area.

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is another high profile film added to the Film Hampshire archive, which includes Les Misérables, Bond epic – ‘Skyfall’, ‘World War Z’ with Brad Pitt,  ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Downton Abbey’.  

Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said:

Once again, Hampshire has been the setting for another big-budget film. Film Hampshire plays a significant role in attracting investment and tourism to Hampshire which is great for the local economy. By promoting Hampshire locations to film makers we can increase opportunities for local businesses while the cast and crew are here, as well as support tourism from film-lovers visiting famous movie locations. The tourism sector plays a vital role in our local economy, generating well over £3 billion each year and providing more than 60,000 jobs.