BBC drama set in Peak attracts audience of 6m

The first episode of the BBC’s new drama The Village, which was filmed in the High Peak, pulled in over six million viewers on Sunday night.

Viewing figures from the BBC show the series, which was filmed in Hayfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Old Glossop, attracted 6.4 million viewers when it was broadcast at 9pm.

And High Peak residents who tuned in to the first episode of the six-part series were full of praise.

Commenting on the Buxton Advertiser’s Facebook page, Sylvia Mortimer said: “I did enjoy it, and it did make me proud of the lovely Peak District. More things could certainly be filmed around the High Peak. Will be taping the whole series, well done to all concerned.”

And Audrey Erwin added: “I enjoyed it, looking forward to seeing more.”

Gill Bell commented: “Enjoyed the first episode, and will definitely watch it right through. There’s so many places around Derbyshire and the Peak District that’s crying out for filming for drama series!”

“The first episode was a little slow and it’s not the most upbeat of dramas but I did enjoy it and will continue watching. Also some great acting. Hopefully other producers will see what the area has to offer and film more programmes here,” said Alex Bond.

Aaron Dale added: “Bit slow and boring but I guess it’s a low budget programme. On the flip side some great scenery. Only watched it to place spot.”

Alan Taylor said: “I shall watch the whole series. It shows life in all the harshness of years ago.”

Filming for The Village, which stars John Simm and Maxine Peake, took place in a number of locations across the High Peak, including the Old Vicarage, The Royal Hotel, the cricket club and the library in Hayfield, Edale train station, Tatton Park Farm, Glossop Church, Far Coombes Farm at Charlesworth and the Playhouse Theatre in Chapel.

Filming took place between September and December last year, and local tourism bosses Visit Peak District have welcomed the area’s role in the prime-time show.

Posting on the Advertiser’s Facebook page, they said: “With such a variety of locations, you can find a set for almost any film or TV production.”

Written by Bafta-winning writer Peter Moffat, The Village charts the life and turbulent times of an English village across the 20th century. One man, Bert Middleton, lives across the entire 100 years and his life story from boyhood to old age provides the narrative backbone.