Bideford’s Connection to Film and TV

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Discover the enchanting coastal town of Bideford, where the captivating landscapes and rich history have drawn the attention of the film and television industry.

From period dramas to adventurous tales, Bideford has left its mark on the world of entertainment, showcasing its picturesque streets and coastal allure. Let’s delve into the notable film and TV connections that have graced Bideford’s screens.

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (2018, Film)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Explore the heartwarming story of a writer who forms a bond with the residents of Guernsey Island as she decides to write a book about their experiences during World War II.

While set on Guernsey Island, Bideford’s charming streets and period buildings served as filming locations, adding authenticity to the historical backdrop.

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“Malory Towers” (2020, TV Series)

Malory Towers
Malory Towers

Immerse yourself in the adventures of 12-year-old Darrell Rivers at Malory Towers, a girls’ school set in post-World War II Britain.

Several episodes of “Malory Towers” were connected to Bideford, capturing its coastal charm and becoming an inspiration for the story’s idyllic setting. The episodes include:

The First Day (2020), The Trick (2020), The Slap (2020), The Last Day (2020), The Ghost (2020), The Spider (2020), The Letter (2020), The Dress (2020), The Push (2020), The Midnight Feast (2020), The Match (2020), The Open Day (2020), The New Girls (2020), The Head of Form (2021), The Dunce's Cap (2021), The Stray (2021), The Auditions (2021), The Caricatures (2021), The Runaway (2021), The Play (2021), The Measles

“Treasure Island” (1950, Film)

Treasure Island (1950)
Treasure Island (1950)

Embark on a thrilling adventure with young Jim Hawkins and the infamous pirate captain Long John Silver in search of buried treasure.

With its maritime history and beautiful coastal allure, Bideford provided the perfect backdrop for capturing the essence of this timeless tale.

“Naked as Nature Intended” (1961, Film)

Naked as Nature Intended
Naked as Nature Intended

Follow the journey of three girls as they tour the English countryside and encounter new experiences along the way.

Bideford was one of the locations featured in this documentary-style film, where the girls meet two young women amidst the town’s scenic landscapes.

In Summary…

Bideford’s association with film and television has brought the town’s natural beauty and historic charm to screens around the world.

Whether it be the period settings, the coastal allure, or the inspiration it offers to fictional tales, Bideford has proven to be a captivating location for filmmakers.

As you explore Bideford’s picturesque streets and enjoy its coastal scenes throughout the year, you may find yourself retracing the steps of beloved characters or witnessing the magic of a film or TV series come to life.

Bideford’s cinematic connections contribute to the town’s cultural heritage, preserving its unique identity and inviting visitors to experience its timeless allure.

Author Matt Ogborne
Matt Ogborne
About the Author

Welcome to! I’m Matt, a seasoned explorer and avid fan of Bideford and the broader North Devon area. With over a decade of consistent family visits, virtually every weekend, I’ve immersed myself in the rich history and vibrant culture Bideford & North Devon.

On this site, you’ll find a wealth of knowledge amassed from my adventures here. From in-depth local guides to engaging blog posts about Bideford. Whether you’re looking for recommendations on things to do or guidance on where to stay we have you covered. Join me as we delve into the heart of Bideford, North Devon – a town that’s more than just a destination, but an experience waiting to be discovered.

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