Film ID:
NEFA 22437

REETH, SWALEDALE

1979

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Description

An amateur film by John Scorer that records the filming of BBC period television series 'All Creatures Great and Small' in Reeth, Swaledale, North Yorkshire, in 1979. The film shows the BBC cast and production team on location followed by general views of rural Swaledale.

The film begins with actors, extras and BBC production team members during filming and in-between takes on the location set of 'All Creatures Great and Small'. The actor Peter Davison (Peter Moffett) is among the cast in 1930s historical dress, carrying his veterinary bag in one shot. Filming takes place outside the Kings Arms Hotel and the Black Bull Hotel in Reeth, Swaledale. In the background are historical cars and a horse and cart.

Cast members in historical costume walk downhill towards a catering van while a crew member photographs the actors on bended knee from various angles.

Peter Davison and other production crew members walk past the filmmaker. In the background a large crowd of onlookers has gathered to watch filming.

On set, an historical market stall has been constructed, stocked with wooden crates of various fruit and vegetables, crockery and household goods including brands such as Pears Soap, Cadbury’s Cocoa Essence, Slade’s Caramel Toffy, Steamship Brand Molasses Candy, Lux Soap and Rinso.

A pale blue BBC TV Scenic Operations vehicle is parked on the cobbled marketplace outside the Black Bull Hotel, with cast, crew and local people milling about. A sign for Jackson Bootmaker is attached to a stone wall just above several mounted leather saddles. Crew members dress the Bootmaker set, placing historical leather boots on a bench outside a ground floor window.

One of the production's 1930s cars sets off from the cobbled marketplace and drives off down the hill in Reeth passing a parked-up Keeler Self Drive transit van, with views of rural Swaledale in the distance.

A change of location and the film ends with general views of the Reeth countryside, with footage of a stone cottage in the distance.