A darker, more modern retelling of Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations will air on BBC One from this weekend.
The six-part adaptation has been written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and stars Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham and Fionn Whitehead as Pip.
Knight said he tried to “imagine if Dickens was writing the story now and had the freedom to go to those darker places, what would he do?”
Viewers can expect a journey to a very bleak Dickensian world where the orphan Pip yearns for a greater lot in life until a twist of fate introduces him to the mysterious and eccentric Miss Havisham.
Under the great expectations placed upon him, Pip will have to work out the cost of this new world and whether it will truly make him the man he wishes to be.
We take a look where Pip’s journey took the film crew when making the show.
Where was Great Expectations filmed?
Although the novel was originally set in London and Kent, the programme makers had to go further afield to get some the right locations for the period.
David Kennaway, series location manager, told Condé Nast Traveller: “There are limited places where you can go to film a period show. It’s not like there are endless Georgian buildings available.”
But there are some parts of the country which provided the perfect backdrop with a little help from the crew.
Shrewsbury in Shropshire became the focus for filming the series in May last year.
Three locations were used: St John’s Hill became a busy city scene, complete with horses and carriages, the tranquil mews of Council House Court was styled as an opium den, and the steep avenue leading to the river St Mary’s Water Lane was covered in fish guts and transformed into Market Street, where Pip’s lodgings were based.
Miss Havisham’s stately pile was a blend of the exterior of Myles Place near Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire, along with studio interiors and some from Shirburn Castle near Watlington in Oxfordshire.
Oxenford Farm, near Elstead in Surrey, became Pip’s home village complete with inn, schoolhouse and blacksmith’s workshop.
A church and graveyard in the village of Hartley Mauditt in Hampshire provided the ideal place for Magwitch’s first appearance.
While the Essex wetlands around Fingringhoe gave the series its atmospheric foggy marshland.
And London still has a key role to play in the show with an unexpected appearance by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as Pip’s workplace of the Royal Exchange.
Spot the locations when the first episode airs this Sunday at 9pm with the five remaining instalments shown on successive weeks. It will also be available on iPlayer.