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Filming Emma in Chilham

Filming Emma in Chilham

Emma in Chilham

The picturesque village of Chilham was transformed into a film set while the BBC filmed the four-part adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, Emma.

Straw and gravel were laid on the roads to hide the road markings, and the exteriors of the houses disguised to hide modern "extras" such as burglar alarms.

The film crew get ready in the village square

The film crew get ready in the square

The series stars Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, Michael Gambon, Tamsin Greig, Robert Bathurst and Jodhi May and is currently being broadcast on BBC One.

We spoke to some of the residents of the village about how the whole production process affected them and local life.

Trevor Vallis lives in a 16th century black and white house in the village square. The film team spent time distressing the white exterior of his house to make it look dirty and tatty. The front door was also replaced with a scruffier one.

Trevor said the BBC crew worked hard to minimise disruption to residents but he had to move a lot of his furniture out of the rooms so that it couldn't be seen in shot.

The film's butcher's shop

The film's butcher's shop

Alistair Ralph is a parish councillor. One of his highlights of the experience was to see actress Tamsin Greig dressed in period costume drinking tea out of a plastic cup with a teabag string hanging out the side.

One scene was ruined by a passing motorbike while another was stopped because a horse started braying and set off all the other animals.

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