Tourist attraction hosts TV ghosts from the past

Brosdworth Hall
Brosdworth Hall

Top actress Olivia Colman is planning a family visit to a Doncaster tourist attraction after falling in love with it while filming a Christmas TV drama.

The stately rooms of Brodsworth Hall will be transported to the living rooms of television viewers on Monday as the hall has a role in the BBC Two drama The Thirteenth Tale.

The ghost story, from the novel of the same name by Diane Setterfield, stars the BAFTA award-winning actress and Vanessa Redgrave.

The 90-minute film, written by Christopher Hampton, who adapted Atonement and won an Oscar for Dangerous Liaisons, will be aired on BBC Two on December 30 at 9.30pm.

The BBC spent two weeks at Brodsworth Hall during the summer, transforming the location into the fictional Angelfield House and filming key scenes with the mysterious twins who inhabited it.

Olivia Colman, previously seen in TwentyTwelve, Broadchurch and Accused, who plays biographer Margaret Lea, said: “The location aspect was one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole film. I really want to go back and take my kids. It was an honour to film in such a lovely house.”

Located within 15 acres of manicured gardens, Brodsworth Hall has been ‘conserved as found’ and offers visitors a unique insight into a country house as it really was.

The drama has been produced by the company behind the Harry Potter films. The Thirteenth Tale tells the story of Vida Winter, played by Vanessa Redgrave.

A famous novelist with failing health, Vida enlists an amateur biographer, Margaret Lea – Olivia Colman – to hear her story and ghost write 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. It is a haunting psychological mystery set in the modern day, with poignant flashbacks starting in 1940.

Paul Robson, property manager at Brodsworth Hall, said: “We are really excited about seeing the Hall on TV screens, this is a great opportunity for us to highlight this charming house and its impressive gardens and to encourage visitors to come and discover its stories for themselves.”

Brodsworth Hall was built in the 1860s by Charles Thelluson and was occupied by his family for more than 120 years.