ealing studios


The BFI have uploaded a series of films around Ealing Studios and they’re essential viewing for anyone with an interest in British film, particularly the above interview with Terence Davies.

New Guernsey movie is being filmed in England not the island due to logistics reason.

The Guernsey Press reported today that “FILMING has started on Guernsey, the big screen adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but there are no plans to shoot any scenes in the island… A spokesman for the production company said that they were sad not be able to film here: ‘We could not logistically make it work,’ he said.”

Casting company Universal Extras has indicated earlier that some scenes will be shot in Clovelly, Bideford, and other North Devon locations in England in April and May.

Jim Cathcart of BBC Radio Guernsey added specific filming details. Guernsey is actually “on day five of filming in London, with landscape shots from Devon and Cornwall being used.”

“The film is mainly being shot at studios in Ealing, west London. The production company will shoot a scene in the Boundary Estate in east London between 9 and 11 April.” according to BBC Radio Guernsey. Ealing Studios used to shoot the downstairs scenes of Downton Abbey. Downton alum Lily James (Lady Rose), Jessica Brown-Findlay (Lady Sybil), Matthew Goode (Henry Talbot), and Penelope Wilton (cousin Isobel) are in this movie. However they all played characters from ‘upstairs’ in Downton!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is directed by Mike Newell. Michiel Huisman and Glen Powell have also joined the cast. The movie is based on Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ international bestselling novel of the same name. Release date: TBA.


I was a month ago at Highclere castle trying to understand the real layout of the first floor and comparing it with what we see in the serie. Somebody was asking to describe it, Ok I’ll try to do it ( may be was it already done on Tumblr, I don’t know). Sorry for the terrible drawing I made, but it may help. This one is drawn from a plan posted a long time ago, I post it under, and I’ll also try to explain what is wrong on this official plan. All the rooms we see in the first serie are more or less what we can see during the visit. We know that after, they were shot at Ealing studios. Cora’s bedroom, Sybil’s, Edith’s, Pamuk’s are “real ones”. Sybil’s is just above the main entrance, behind the huge stone arms we can see when she sits at her table. But there is some differences. Mary’s room seems to be on the left side of Cora’s but we must leave a place to Robert’s who come in Cora’s room from the left side of the window and that is not possible. Robert’s room (number 1 on my drawing) has only one window, Mary’s ( number 2) at least, has two and at Highclere it’s just the contrary. During the visit we don’t see any room which can look like Mary’s or Robert’s rooms. So, or they were artificially created or they lay somewhere else than around the gallery ( the only rooms we don’t visit are the small dressing rooms on both side of Pamuk’s room and the rooms 4 and 5 on my drawing. In any way in the serie, Mary’s bedroom has three windows, one at right angle to another one and that is also impossible at Highclere due to the four corner towers. We also have the problem of the nursery which seems to lay further on the left side of Mary’s room, but the door with the nursery sign is the one of room 2. All the staircases are the real ones, even the red staircase ( 6 on the drawing) we can see in S2CS when Anna notices lord Hepworth and Shore going upstairs. This stairs is the only one to climb until the third floor and communicates to the first floor with a small corridor. These stairs give acces to the 4 and 5 rooms. Room number 3 may be the duke of Crowborough’ room entrance, but I’m not sure at all. On the official plan (second picture), there is some errors I don’t understand why : letters A ( the wall of the room is not drawn) B ( the gallery is continuous, there is no door), C (the same, there is no wall), D ( the same, there is no stairs and no wall behind).