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Wuthering back in time

07 July 2008

A NEW adaptation of Wuthering Heights will be screened by ITV1 in the autumn, and St Oswald’s, Arncliffe, in Bradford diocese, will feature in it. As the church “was last rejigged in the early 1800s”, says the Vicar, the Revd Peter Yorkstone, “it gave them what the location manager was looking for.”

There were some adaptations to be made. A glass screen at the back of the church was panelled over, the pews were clad to look like box pews, the carpets were removed, and a small communion table was introduced. Out in the churchyard, the modern tombstones had period style tombstones placed over them, and notice boards and light fittings were removed. But Mr Yorkstone cannot fault the care and consideration the TV people took. “They were a pleasure to deal with,” he says. Everything was put back precisely as it was before.

They were filming a wedding (Mr Yorkstone is not sure whether it was Cathy’s or Catherine’s; his own diary precluded him from taking part), a funeral (above), and a church service. Several parishioners were extras in the church scenes, and one of the St Oswald’s organists, John Cowpe, was dressed in a wig to play for the service.

The church received what Mr Yorkstone considers a reasonable fee, and the production company also made donations to the village school and hall in return for any inconvenience they had caused in the community.

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