Film crews spotted in new location as Essex town turns into Victorian set

Film crews have been spotted filming on a road in Maldon, decorated to become the latest filming location in the town.

For the past week, production teams have taken over parts of Maldon, Essex, to film a new original drama for Apple TV.

Promenade Park and its surrounding areas had been decked out with Victorian sets over the past seven days.

It’s all for a new six-part period drama called The Essex Serpent, set in the later 1800s and based around the county.

The show is based off of a book of the same name, written by Sarah Perry, and will star some very big names of stage and screen.

Teams have been based in and around Promenade Park filming scenes this past week
Teams have been based in and around Promenade Park filming scenes this past week
(Image: Edwards Walk Shopping Arcade)

Homeland’s Claire Danes stars as the female-lead character.

She’ll be joined by Avengers and The Night Manager actor Tom Hiddleston, who will also star.

After a week of filming at the Promenade Park, it’s now clear that other areas of Maldon have be scouted to become locations for the show.

Today (Thursday, March 25), Silver Street, opposite the Edwards Walk Shopping Arcade, was shut off by film crews.

The Blue Boar Hotel appears to be a key setting for The Essex Serpent, with the tarmacked roads in front of it transformed into muddy Victorian dirt tracks.

The new show will star the likes of Tom Hiddlestone and Claire Danes
The new show will star the likes of Tom Hiddlestone and Claire Danes

Of-the-time wooden wagons and barrels were also placed outside the front of the hotel.

It’s clear that the little Essex town is going to be well represented in the show itself when it airs.

Regarding the filming, a spokesperson for Maldon Council, said: “We are delighted that the production company has chosen the Maldon District as one of their locations for a new six-part drama.

“We have an enviable reputation for being extremely film-friendly and this production follows in the footsteps of many others who have filmed here.

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“They will be operating in line with the Government’s guidelines which legally permits them to undertake Covid-secure film and television production.

“They have a sizeable base on Promenade Park, and they will minimise any disruption during their filming and ensure safety can be maintained at all times.

“We would remind everyone that whilst this is clearly exciting, social distancing must still be maintained at all times.”

To see more photos of filming in the town, click here.

Essex Live