Magic at Minster as BBC films new drama

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FILMING has started at York Minster and neighbouring St William’s College for a new BBC drama.

The Gothic cathedral plays a key role in the series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

The drama, which began filming in Yorkshire in October, is being backed by Screen Yorkshire.

Based on the book by Susanna Clarke, the story opens in York at the beginning of the 19th century, when the people of England no longer believe in practical magic.

This all changes when the reclusive Mr Norrell causes the statues of the Minster to speak and move, starting a new enthusiasm for magic which takes in war, peace, fairies and even resurrection.

Minster marketing director Nicola Bexon said: “I am sure that the many families who visit the cathedral will be delighted to see it featuring so prominently and we look forward to welcoming those who haven’t visited before who are inspired to come and experience it for themselves.”

Screen Yorkshire chief executive Sally Joynson said it was the largest-scale project invested in by the organisation, with shooting at locations including York, Leeds, Ripley, Wakefield and Rotherham going on for more than six months.