Where is Hugh Grant filming in North Devon?

Hugh Grant will be filming in Chittlehampton next month.

Hugh Grant will be filming in Chittlehampton next month. - Credit: Archant

Notting Hill ring any bells? A certain A-list actor will be filming a new drama about the career of Jeremy Thorpe in North Devon this October

The Bell Inn at Chittlehampton. Picture: Jonathan Billinger (cc-by-sa/2.0)

The Bell Inn at Chittlehampton. Picture: Jonathan Billinger (cc-by-sa/2.0) - Credit: Archant

Hollywood icon Hugh Grant will be filming in North Devon next month recreating the career of MP Jeremy Thorpe.

Scenes for new three-part BBC drama A Very English Scandal will filmed in the Square at Chittlehampton on Tuesday, October 24.

Four Weddings and a Funeral star Hugh will star as Thorpe, who served as North Devon MP from 1959-79 before his downfall after appearing in court charged with conspiring to commit murder.

In a letter to Chittlehampton residents, the production’s location manager says the drama directed by Stephen Frears and written by Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies is ‘a work of fiction rooted largely in historical fact’.

Chittlehampton Square. Picture: Hugh Llewelyn (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Chittlehampton Square. Picture: Hugh Llewelyn (CC BY-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant

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The letter says during filming on the day the main road past The Square will be closed to traffic, although essential traffic can be allowed through on a case-by-case basis.

The Bell Inn – which the Gazette understands could play a part in the production – will be closed at lunchtime because it is right in the middle of the set.

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Pedestrians will be allowed through throughout the day apart from short holds during takes.

Villagers are asked to ensure all vehicles are removed from the Square for the day as modern vehicles would look out of place in a 1970s drama.

The letter says it is hoped the drama will ‘garner a similar degree of international recognition both as a creative undertaking - Oscar and BAFTA nominated, - and an advertisement for this country, its proud liberal history and traditions, and as a tourist destination’.

Leader of the Liberal Party, Jeremy Thorpe was the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder.

At the Old Bailey in 1979 he was charged with conspiring and incitement to murder Norman Scott, but he was acquitted of all charges.

But it appears the scandal effectively ended his career, although he remained active and in and in 1987 accepted the honorary presidency of the North Devon Liberal Democrat Association. He died in December 2014.

A Very English Scandal is based on the bestselling book by the author and former arts editor of the Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph John Preston.

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