Tyntesfield to star on BBC

PUBLISHED: 16:10 23 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:45 24 May 2010

TYNTESFIELD, the National Trust's Victorian country house and estate in Wraxall, is to provide the setting for a 'sexy' adaptation of a classic horror story. This month, a film crew will descend on the unique Gothic mansion for one day to shoot a modern-d

TYNTESFIELD, the National Trust's Victorian country house and estate in Wraxall, is to provide the setting for a 'sexy' adaptation of a classic horror story.This month, a film crew will descend on the unique Gothic mansion for one day to shoot a modern-day version of Bram Stoker's Dracula.Marc Warren, who appears in the popular TV drama series Hustle, will head the striking cast, which will also feature David Suchet, famous for portraying literary detective Hercule Poirot.North Somerset Times readers will be able to see one of the district's most popular tourist attractions on the small screen when the new take on the terrifying tale is broadcast on BBC 1 later this year.Filming will take place when the house and gardens would not normally be open and there will be no public access on the day.A spokesman for the National Trust said: "The National Trust's houses, gardens and countryside are much in demand from film makers as they make wonderful locations."As a charity, the National Trust needs to raise money to look after wonderful places like Tyntesfield and the income raised from the film location fees is ploughed back into the featured properties."Because the filming at Tyntesfield will take only one day and take place when it would normally be closed, there will be no disruption to public visits."Julie Gardner, head of BBC Wales Drama and one of the executive producers, said: "Stewart Harcourt's adaptation is a visceral, sexy and bold re-telling of Bram Stoker's classic chiller which will blow the cobwebs off traditional period drama."Executive producer Damien Timmer said: "Stewart Harcourt's extraordinary script introduces some bold new elements and unexpected twists to the Dracula legend."It's emotionally hugely powerful and genuinely terrifying.

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