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Raby Castle doubles as palace in £10m TV epic Victoria

BACKDROP: Jenna Coleman as Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert in the grounds of Raby Castle

A PERIOD drama will be bringing glimpses of Teesdale to living rooms nationwide.
Raby Castle will feature in ITV’s eight part series Victoria, which began last Sunday.  Starring Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman as young Queen Victoria, the costume drama charts the early life of the young monarch.
Raby deer, gardens and the exterior of the castle will double for Buckingham Palace in outdoor scenes while indoor scenes will feature its dining room, entrance hall and corridor.
Rachel Milner, from Raby Castle, helped welcome the cast and crew in April.
“They filmed for a week and it was brilliant – we really enjoyed it,” she said.
“We feature towards the end of the series but they did shoot pieces in the gardens with the castle in the background.
“They had a huge cast and crew and they did take over for a week.”
Set designers covered up every single light switch and radiator with specialised covers to make sure the period atmosphere was maintained.  Ms Milner added: “The crew were very good and very respectful of the house – particularly the art department.
“They worked wonders designing the set around modern appliances.
“Lots of horses and carriages were brought in for it – we didn’t bump into any of the cast as they were chatting to the directors but we did watch from the sidelines. I can’t say too much as I don’t want to give anything away.”
Working from 7am to 8pm, Ms Milner said the sheer size of the operation had come as a surprise.
“I don’t think you can envisage it until they actually arrive,” she added.
“With the number of technical vehicles and the amount of kit they use it’s amazing to see what they can create on the spot.”
Costing about £10million to put together, the drama converted an RAF hangar in Yorkshire for its main set and also used Harewood House, Newby Hall and Castle Howard for other scenes.  Ms Milner added: “Hopefully it’s going to show off what we’ve got here – they did some filming early one morning so if you see deer it may well be ours.”


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