Stately home to take centre stage in BBC crime drama

Stately home to take centre stage in BBC crime drama

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PENSHURST Place will feature in a two hour BBC crime drama this autumn based on works by the acclaimed Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling.
News that The Silkworm was filmed at the 14th century manor house in March has only just been released.
It joins a long list of productions to feature parts of the medieval building and its 2,500 acre estate, including Hollywood films The Other Boleyn Girl and The Princess Bride, as well as BBC shows Merlin and Wolf Hall.
The Silkworm is based on J.K. Rowling’s book of the same name, which she wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
It forms the second novel in The Strike Series, between The Cuckoo’s Calling and Career of Evil.
They tell the story of Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective. Though he is wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial in solving three complex cases that have eluded the police.
Cormoran Strike will be played by Kent born actor and Musketeers star Tom Burke, who most recently starred in BBC’s epic War & Peace as ‘Fedor Dolokhov’ and in The Musketeers as ‘Athos’.
Directed by Kieron Hawkes, the drama will feature Penshurst’s famous medieval Baron’s Hall, Porcupine Pantry and the outside Lime Walk. Ben Thomas, General Manager, Penshurst Place and Gardens says, “It’s a privilege for Penshurst Place to have a role in bringing such a fantastic trilogy to life. Strike promises to be a hugely entertaining series of crime dramas written by the master storyteller, J K Rowling.
“While Penshurst Place is often used as a filming location for historical dramas, because of its authentic architectural features, the venue and surrounding 2,500-acre estate can accommodate filmmakers of any genre.”