'Great Expectations,' a historical coming-of-age drama series created by Steven Knight, is based on Charles Dicken's famous novel. However, his entire world is turned upside down when Miss Havisham takes him to another world full of possibilities.
The superb onscreen performances of a talented ensemble cast, including Fionn Whitehead, Olivia Colman, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Ashley Thomas, and Johnny Harris, set in Kent and London, will leave the viewer questioning about 'Great Expectations''s actual locations.
Expectations for filming locations are high.
'Great Expectations' is shot in England, especially in Shropshire, Hampshire, London, Kent, Surrey, Wiltshire, and Buckinghamshire. According to reports, the main photography for the first season of the drama show began in February 2022, and finished in late July of the same year.
England's Shropshire is located at the centre of Shropshire.
The production of 'Great Expectations' is shot in Shropshire, with the majority of its crew residing in the county town of Shrewsbury, which has doubled as Victorian London. They place various props around the town, as well as horses and carriages, in order to depict the time period appropriately. In May 2022, the historic town center and the surrounding areas were transformed into Dickensian London.
A few scenes from the first season were also recorded in the town of St. Mary's Water Lane in Shrewsbury.
The cast and crew will travel to Hampshire for a few key scenes from 'Great Expectations.' The hamlet of Buckler's Hard and the city of Portsmouth serve as several production locations. Also, the towns of Beaulieu on the southern edge of the New Forest national park and Selborne on the northern boundary of the South Downs National Park are mentioned in the episode.
As discussed above, the filming crew would film a few scenes, mostly exteriors, on location. According to reports, they would travel across London to shoot different exterior scenes, which are unique to the capital, against suitable backdrops.
Other Locations in England
The cast and crew members of 'Great Expectations' traveled to various other locations in England, including Great George Street in Surrey and Godalming in Surrey. They were apparently taped at Restoration House in Rochester, Kent.
Locals and passersby saw the production team shoot crucial scenes for season 1 in and around Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury. In addition, Marlow Bridge, which is a road traffic and footbridge over the River Thames, serves as a replacement for Hammersmith Bridge.