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Brympton house: star of Turn of the Screw and Chocolat
Brympton House
The house was used as a back-drop to two Hollywood films: Chocolat and Restoration

A historic house in Somerset has been transformed as it becomes the location for a new BBC One drama.

Brympton House near Yeovil is featured in The Turn of the Screw which is set to broadcast on 30 December at 9pm.

Described by renowned former Country Life editor, Christopher Hussey, as the "most beautiful house in England", it dates back to the 13th century.

The property has also featured in the Oscar-nominated film Chocolat starring Johnny Depp.

It was also the back-drop for the double Oscar winning film Restoration, which starred Hugh Grant, Ian McKellen and Robert Downey Jnr.

Child actors outside the house
The drama is based on the classic Henry James novel

Purchased last year by the Glossop family, the country house is predominately known for hosting private weddings, however having undergone renovations, it will now be opened up to the public.

"People know that Brympton is here, yet very few have ever stepped inside or toured the grounds as it has always been kept extremely private," said Sara Glossop.

"We want to make the estate an active part of the community, as it once was hundreds of years ago.

"It is a beautiful piece of Somerset history and by creating interesting programmes and setting up educational and horticultural trusts, the community can get directly involved and enjoy everything that the Grade 1 listed property has to offer."

Suspicious circumstances

Brympton House was selected as the venue for the chilling tale due to its similar attributes to the 'Bly' country house described in Henry James' original novel, including stunning grounds and a beautiful, expansive lake, which plays a significant role in the eerie and enthralling drama.

The story tells the tale of a young governess sent to a haunted country house to take care of two orphans who then has to save all of them after she fears for their lives when she learns of suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of her predecessor.

"Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a ghost story for the adults to watch in front of the fire when the children are in bed, and they don't get more chilling than this bold re-imagining of the classic Henry James tale," says Ben Stephenson, controller of Drama Commissioning for BBC.

Sandy Welch's clever adaptation of the classic ghost tale stars Michelle Dockery (Cranford, Red Riding) as the young governess Ann and Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Waking The Dead) as Mrs Grose.

The Turn of the Screw broadcasts on 30 December at 9pm on BBC One and BBC HD and on the BBC iplayer for the following seven days


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