And cut... canal setting for television's period drama

And cut... canal setting for television's period drama

CREWS prepare the site in full view of onlookers gathered near the towpath.

TUDOR tabards are tweaked to perfection ready for action.

ANNE Boleyn, played by Claire Foy, climbs aboard the boat to begin her journey to the tower of London.

BERNARD Hill in full military dress as the Duke of Norfolk.

THE canal location.

ANNE Boleyn makes the grim journey by boat to the Tower of London.

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CAMERA crews descended on Bridgwater last week after deciding the canal site was perfect for a new BBC2 period drama about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

A request came through to Sedgemoor District Council that “a high level TV drama was seeking a location consisting of a passage of water with high walls made of brick or stone ...”

 A council officer thought of the Albert Street canal cutting and sent through an image of the location and, within a fortnight, it was full steam ahead with plans to de-camp to Bridgwater.

The filming of a scene, to be featured in the BBCs adaptation of the Hilary Mantel novel Wolf Hall, went ahead last Monday between 4pm and 8pm.

It shows the journey of Anne Boleyn from the Thames into Traitors Gate at the Tower of London being re-enacted along the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal just off Bridgwater town centre. 

Mike Slade, a spokesman for the West Country branch of the Inland Waterways Association, said he was pleased that the filming was going to make the canal attractive for visitors as well as other people who might want to use it for film and TV shows.

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