NORTH Essex will serve as the backdrop for a new television series based on the novel The Serpent of Essex.
Crews turned to Alresford for the Victorian melodrama.
But Essex is a popular hunting ground for film crews. Here are some of the shows that have been filmed in the county.
Hi di Hi Spike and Ted with other Yellowcoats filming in Essex
The popular BBC sitcom, which aired from 1980 to 1988, took place at a summer camp in the fictional seaside town of Crimpton-on-Sea, but was actually filmed in Dovercourt.
The show was based on writer Jimmy Perry’s experience as a Redcoat at Butlins in the 1950s. It ran for nine series with 60 episodes and won a Bafta in 1984 for Best Comedic Series.
Former Inbetweeners stars Joe Thomas and James Buckley joined Ed Westwick in this sitcom about a group of shop window sellers.
The show was filmed across Essex at Stanford-le-Hope, Corringham and elsewhere in Thurrock.
The first series was released internationally by Netflix on August 11, 2017 and the second series was released on May 17, 2019.
3. White House Farm
The six-part drama was based on the actual events of the White House Farm murders in Tolleshunt D’Arcy in 1985.
On August 6, five members of the same family were shot dead.
It was initially believed that Sheila Caffell, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, killed her parents June and Nevill Bamber and her six-year-old sons Daniel and Nicholas before turning the gun on her.
However, the police subsequently arrested his brother Jeremy Bamber and he was convicted of the crimes.
Bamber, 60, is currently serving a life sentence in Wakefield Prison, but continues to claim his innocence.
The series was filmed around Essex, including at Chelmsford Crown Court, The Checkers Inn in Roxwell and Bourtree Cottage in Goldhanger.
White House Farm was screened on ITV and is now streaming on Netflix.
4.The third day
The third day
Oscar nominated Jude Law starred in this psychological thriller set on Osea Island, near Maldon.
About 200 actors and crews worked on the island – which is referenced in the show – for four weeks in 2019 as part of production.
Directed by Bafta winner Marc Munden, the show takes place on a mysterious island off the coast of Britain, the character of Law is immersed in the unusual world of secret inhabitants.
The show aired on Sky Atlantic in September 2020.
5. Thousand height
This drama based on the lives of the cabin crew of a young low-cost airline, in uniform and without uniform, in the air and on the ground.
Mile High was filmed at Stansted Airport and Palma de Mallorca Airport.
The show aired on Sky One from 2003 to 2005.