BBC filming new period costume drama in North Yorkshire

Actor John Thomson.
Actor John Thomson.
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The BBC have started filming a new costume drama in North Yorkshire featuring a star of Cold Feet.

The film cameras have been rolling at historic Thornton Watlass Hall near Bedale for a brand new adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ classic 19th century mystery novel, The Moonstone.

Starring John Thomson of BAFTA-winning comedy drama Cold Feet and The Fast Show fame and Sarah Hadland, best known for her role in Miranda, the new show is scheduled for broadcast on BBC One daytime TV later this year.

Lancashire-born Thomson will play the legendary Sergeant Cuff, with Hadland as the pious and unwittingly hilarious Miss Clack.

Actor and comedian Thomson, who has also appeared in major movies such as Inkheart and 24 Hour Party People, said: “The Moonstone is a classic novel, and this has all the makings of classic TV.

“I’ve worked on a wonderful variety of projects over the years, but have secretly always wanted to be part of a big BBC costume drama. I’m incredibly excited to be in it.”

Shooting at the Grade I listed Georgian country house is expected to continue for some weeks.

The end result will be a five-part series also featuring Sophie Ward as Lady Verinder which will be broadcast over five consecutive afternoons on BBC One Daytime, as part of the BBC’s #LoveToRead campaign.