Our places in Dr Thorne

For his first TV drama since Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes has chosen to adapt Anthony Trollope's 1858 novel 'Doctor Thorne'. Starring Tom Hollander in the title role, the story follows his attempts to secure the romantic and financial fortunes of his niece, Mary (Stefanie Martini).

The period drama was shot on location in 2015 with several National Trust places providing backdrops. Speaking about the filming experience, Tom Hollander said: 'It was a very lovely autumnal tour around some of the most beautiful houses in the country. That was a very special thing.'

Locations used for Dr Thorne

The story centres around three main houses and the production team used what executive producer Mark Redhead describes as the "magic of film."

'You stitch together lots of different interiors and exteriors to create what you hope is a world the audience can navigate their way around.'

As a result both West Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire and Osterley Park and House in West London, provided the interiors for Greshamsbury Park, the great house and estate owned by the Gresham family.

Tyntesfield near Bristol provided the exterior for Boxall Hill, formerly part of the Gresham's estate but now owned by Roger Scatcherd, while the picturesque period streets of Lacock doubled as Greshambury village where Dr Thorne and Mary live.

Lacock was also used to film a political hustings scene in the fictional market town of Barchester, where Scatcherd (Ian McShane) and Moffatt (Danny Kirrane) go head to head addressing the crowds.

Tricks of the Trade

The property teams were on hand during filming to make sure that everything went smoothly. 'During the filming we had 50 crew members, 30 extras and 15 cast on site, which is a lot of people in one space.' says Judith Evans, House Steward at Osterley Park.

'We make sure that our collections - including floors and ceilings - are protected, while also meeting the needs of the film crew so they can actually get the scene done and dusted in the time frame they need.'

'For Dr Thorne they were using real candles, so we needed to protect the floors using a clear plastic that we put on the ground under the candelabra to catch any drips.'

Filming helps conservation work

Filming is great news for our conservation work as every film or TV drama shot on our land and in our houses and gardens helps generate income, which we put back into caring for these special places. 

Dr Thorne begins on Sunday 6 March at 9pm on ITV.