Danish TV’s flagship foreign affairs programme turns the spotlight on Buxton

Netta Christie talks to Danish TV presenter Steffen Kretz aboard the Discover Buxton tram.
Netta Christie talks to Danish TV presenter Steffen Kretz aboard the Discover Buxton tram.
  • Danish TV company spends four days filming in Buxton
  • Episode of flagship foreign affairs programme “Horisont” focused on upcoming election
  • Number 13, Monk Bar and Roseleigh Hotel among businesses featured
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Buxton has taken centre stage in a documentary by a Danish TV company focusing on the upcoming election.

Film crews from DR News, including well-known Danish TV presenter Steffen Kretz, were in town for four days last month making an episode of their flagship foreign affairs programme “Horisont”.

I was searching for the British soul - for clues to what it means to be British in this day and age - what could be a better place for a discovery trip?

Danish TV presenter Steffen Kretz

During the visit, they stayed at the Roseleigh Hotel on Broadwalk, and spoke to a number of local business people and residents.

Explaining why they chose to come to Buxton, Steffen said: “If Great Britain were a human being, Buxton would be the navel. The town is situated right in the middle of the island nation, and since I was searching for the British soul - for clues to what it means to be British in this day and age - what could be a better place for a discovery trip?

“Apart from that Buxton is surrounded by beautiful scenery, I could see that from Google Earth. I wanted to find a micro cosmos that reflected the thoughts and uncertainties of British voters in this election campaign. It might as well have been another town, but I am very happy that I ended up in Buxton and had such a good time there.”

While in town, the team also took a trip on the Discover Buxton tram, visited Monk Bar, Number 13 and spent time with Geoff Mycock and Sons butchers.

Netta Christie, of Discover Buxton, said: “They told us that because the High Peak is a marginal seat they wanted to do something about people’s opinions on the forthcoming election.

“It’s all beautifully shot and the town looks fantastic.

“It’s a great advert for Buxton and it’s fantastic for the tram. I’ll keep my eyes open now to see whether we have an influx of Danish people coming on board,” she joked.

Gerard Heelan of the Roseleigh, who helped organise much of the visit, said: “They got in contact with us about two days before they were going to come over.

“Rather than going to a big city like London or Manchester they chose a small town as they thought it was something their audience would take on board better.”

And speaking of the finished programme, he said: “It is really good.

“When people are viewing it they will be viewing it from a political observation but it’s nice to have Buxton as an example.”

And Steffen was so impressed by Buxton that he’s planning on bringing his wife and four children back here for a holiday in the future.

To watch the programme, visit www.dr.dk/tv/se/horisont/horisont-2015-04-20#!/.