Throughout 2014 we reported many times of film crews being in the area and shooting. It seemed like every other week some other Hollywood star was waltzing through Wallingford or Henley while shooting their latest blockbuster.
In fact, since 1997 when Midsomer started filming on location in the area, Southern Oxfordshire has been an in demand location. So, here’s a quick run down of just some of the productions that found themselves filming here in 2014.
The year started strongly with Second World War epic Fury being shot in Watlington. Megastars Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf were all on set and a whopping £1 million was injected into the local economy. Star Logan Leman even said that the residents of Henley were ‘lovely, generous and kind’. We’d expect nothing less.
Benedict Cumberbatch was also filming The Imitation Game in the area, with Joyce Grove, the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed, doubling up as the iconic Bletchely Park during shooting. BBC One Christmas treat Professor Branestawm also chose Wallingford to be its ‘quintessential English village’, with stars Harry Hill, David Mitchell and Ben Miller staying locally.
Didcot Railway Centre welcomed Nicole Kidman filiming Genius and David Walliams filming new BBc drama Partners in Crime. Watlington also welcomed cast and crew filming The Go-Between for BBC television drama and Channel 4 teen thriller Glue was filmed almost entirely in the region. Niv Adiri from Wheatley also won an Oscar for the work on Gravity during the year.
So, as you can see, the region has become a stalwart of the British film industry. Midsomer Murders has had quite the impact.