Other TV Programmes filmed in Wye Valley and Forest of Dean
Some of the most well known include:
New Worlds (2014)
A drama series about settlers to America in the 17th century, New Worlds constructed a fort on the open picnic ground and populated the set with actors bearing muskets and actors sporting mohicans as part of their portrayal of native Americans.
Beechenhurst has a large open ground bordered by a treeline. It could almost be the eastern seaboard of America and the kind of site where pioneers might settle which is exactly how Beechenhurst was recently used when Channel 4 tv series New Worlds arrived for filming.
The Dare Devil (2013 – Ongoing)
This CBBC production seeks out to put willing contestants to the test with devilish dares.
Digging in their passions, fears and phobias this popular children’s programme was once filmed at The National Diving Activity Centre in Chepstow.
Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008)
TV mini-series adaptation of one of Thomas Hardy’s novels, Tess of the D’Urbervilles produced by the BBC detailing low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections.
Some scenes in the mini-series were filmed in the Forest of Dean at Soudley Ponds.
Primeval is a popular television drama series that portrays unexplained holes in the fabric of time and space, allowing dangerous creatures from the past to walk the earth once more.
This primeval production was produced by the BBC and was filmed in various locations in the Forest of Dean.
Robin of Sherwood (1984-1986)
Way back in the 1980s, ITV produced a hugely popular Saturday evening TV series entitled Robin of Sherwood. For a number of episodes, Chepstow Castle served as a key location.
The very first episode Robin Hood and the Sorcerer showcased the castle as it did the episodes The Enchantment and The Inheritance. In the series the castle was a setting known as Castle Belleme named for the character Baron Simon de Belleme, a nobleman and sorcerer.
Several of Dennis Potter's TV shows were filmed here including Pennies from Heaven (1978) with Bob Hoskins, Blue Remembered Hills (1979) with Helen Mirren, The Singing Detective (1986) with Michael Gambon (who later went on to play Dumbledore in Harry Potter) and Cold Lazarus (1997) with Albert Finney.
In 2019, Netflix's The End of the F***ing World was filmed deep in the Forest of Dean and saw a massive wooden cafe with neon light built. In the same year the BBC's adaptation of War of the Worlds was filmed here as well. Cult series Killing Eve featured the Forest of Dean in a crucial scene in series two.
Netflix's Cursed released in 2020 was filmed in the Forest of Dean including at Clearwell Caves and Puzzlewood, these iconic filming locations serving as ancient England in a retelling of the Arthurian legend from the point of view of Nimue, the Lady of the Lake, and tells the story of the origins of the mighty sword Excalibur. Writer Frank Miller said of the locations used: "What I wasn’t ready for was the forests, I’m still staggered thinking about those places, and can’t wait to get back and see those ancient trees again."