Suffolk comes to the box

LOCATIONS in Suffolk are making an appearance on the small screen after being chosen for the setting of a children's adventure series.

LOCATIONS in Suffolk are making an appearance on the small screen after being chosen for the setting of a children's adventure series.

The River Deben at Waldringfield was one of the places used for filming The Secret of Eel Island, starring Birds of a Feather actress Lesley Joseph.

The drama programme is now in its second series and has been filmed entirely in East Anglia, with scenes also being captured at Peasenhall, the Norfolk Broads and television studios in Norwich.

Writer and director Frank Prendergast, who is also a founding member of the production company Eye, has lived in Laxfield for 30 years.


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Filming was carried out at Waldringfield for around four days in June.

Mr Prendergast said: “We were at Sutton Hall Farms, which we made part of our island for both series.

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“Local people supplied boats as we did a lot in the water on the approach to the island too.

“We did a day at Peasenhall in a private orchard and filmed a gypsy fair, and lots of people from Suffolk came and dressed up for us.

“The landscape here was an ideal setting and I obviously knew about it by living here. It was a lovely area to film in.”

The series follows the adventures Scott and Sapphire, two young children fighting to protect the mystical Eel Island from the sinister Green Beryl, played by Joseph.

n The Secret of Eel Island starts on Five on Sunday, October 29. It will run for 13 weeks.

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www.eelisland.co.uk

www.eyefilmandtv.co.uk

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