From Midge Ferguson of Mammoth Screen, Location Manager, Agatha Raisin:
We have been given permission by Wiltshire Council; consulted with South Wraxall Parish Council and are making arrangements with the Longs Arms pub, the South Wraxall Village Hall Committee and several private property owners to film scenes for a show called Agatha Raisin around the village from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th August.
Agatha Raisin is an 8 part contemporary comedy/detective drama series for SKY TV made by Mammoth Screen and it is based on novels written by MC Beaton. The whole look of the series is very much about showing all that is beautiful and quintessentially English about the Cotswolds and we regularly film at Biddestone calling it the fictitious village of Carsley, amongst a host of many other locations.
For episode three I needed a small village with the setting of a pub, church and village hall and with some tight country lanes, so South Wraxall works perfectly for us.
In the story a company wishes to commercialise a naturally occurring spring which is just outside the village of Ancombe and the residents and Parish Council are split on whether to allow large water tankers to drive through the village to collect the water. Just before a decision is made on whether to grant permission or not one of the councillors is found dead by the spring and Agatha Raisin is called upon to investigate.
We are intending to shoot the scenes involving the spring at Upper Wraxall near Marshfield. The filming around South Wraxall will include scenes in the village hall, the pub and also in a marquee.
We also wish to film around one or two of the streets, in particular on Tuesday 18th August, when we will drive a water tanker in a loop passing through Lower Wraxall and up passed Mison’s Farm.
Also on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th August we wish to film some shots using a drone flying over part of the route the tanker is taking and also over the centre of South Wraxall. To be able to do this safely and within the appropriate guidelines, I have been given permission by Wiltshire Council to hold the traffic for short periods of time where necessary. The drone can be a little noisy but is only in the air for short periods of time and its use is very much dependant on the weather!
During our filming visit we are intending to park the majority of our vehicles in the field by the side of the Longs Arms pub, but we will need to move some vehicles around the village at times and place bits of equipment by the spots where we are filming.
We are filming what we call normal days, so between the hours of 8am and 7pm and there will obviously be an increase in the amount of traffic trough the village at the beginning and the end of each day as the cast and crew arrive and leave.
I would like to thank you all in advance for your help with our filming, and would like to assure you that we will endeavour to keep any inconvenience and disruption to an absolute minimum during our visit, however, if you foresee any problems with any of the above arrangements please do not hesitate to give me a call on 07785 558 880.