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Last Updated:  Friday, 11 April, 2003, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
New drama filmed in West
A new BBC drama series being screened for the first time on Thursday was filmed almost entirely in the West.

The house where the series Servants is supposedly set is actually Dyrham House near Bath.

All the interior shots were filmed in a warehouse studio in Bristol. Writer Lucy Gannon was concerned with what mattered to Victorian working classes.

"What's really interesting about this era is that it was before Queen Victoria lost Albert," she said.


Volunteers fight for centre

Volunteers at an advice centre in Taunton have turned the scheme into a limited company to help avoid its closure.

The Link Centre in Halcon relied on a government grant that has put thousands into some of the most deprived estates in Taunton - but the money is now spent.

Steve Brooks, a volunteer, says he will fight to keep the centre open.

"We're desperate to keep the place going. We need more support. It's been hard work but we are getting there," he said.


Couple win housing reprieve

A Somerset couple ordered to demolish the home in which they have lived for more than 30 years have been granted a temporary reprieve.

Richard and Linda Gosbee were granted permission to build in the grounds of their home near North Petherton on condition they knocked down their old bungalow when the new house was occupied.

They never built the home and sold the land, which new owners have since built on.

Sedgemoor Council said the Gosbee's must obey the original planning consent, but have now temporarily withdrawn the case until after the local elections.





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