Famous actresses film at Burton Agnes Hall

Vanessa Redgrave.
Vanessa Redgrave.
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Celebrities of the screen and stage have been filming for a BBC Christmas drama at Burton Agnes Hall.

Vanessa Redgrave, who starred in films including Mission:Impossible and Atonement, and Olivia Coleman who recently won a BAFTA for her performance in The Accused, were at the historic hall on Monday 1 July filming scenes for the BBC production of ‘The Thirteenth Tale’.

The BBC arrived at Burton Agnes on Monday and spent two days filming scenes in the Hall’s atmospheric Red Drawing Room. Two further locations in Yorkshire have been selected for the production.

Simon Cunliffe-Lister says: “I am thrilled that we have attracted a high-profile television production to Burton Agnes Hall, and that the beauty of our home has been recognised by the BBC. It is very exciting for all the team here to welcome film stars to our home. We eagerly anticipate seeing the finished drama at Christmas.”

Produced by the company behind the Harry Potter films, ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ tells the story of Vida Winter, a famous novelist with failing health.

Vida enlists an amateur biographer, Margaret Lea, to hear her story and ghostwrite her autobiography. Lea has some family secrets of her own, and the process of unravelling the past for Winter forces her to confront her own ghosts.

‘The Thirteenth Tale’ is due to be screened as part of BBC2’s Christmas programming.