A film crew has set up in the grounds of Salisbury Cathedral for the shoot of a BBC show.

Actors have been seen in period costume and a lone horseman was filmed riding up and down the field as smoke billowed across the grass.

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The area around Myles Place, near the Harnham Gate, has been cordoned off.

Although the BBC has refused to confirm, crews are thought to be filming period drama Great Expectations, starring Olivia Coleman and Fionn Whitehead.

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Produced by Tom Hardy and writer Steven Knight, the show is an adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel published in 1860.

It follows orphan Pip throughout his childhood and into his young adult years.

Pip receives a large fortune from an unknown and mysterious benefactor, but the story is also of unrequited love.

Cllr Paul Sample who represents St Edmunds ward said: “It’s a great achievement for our world-famous Cathedral Close to be used for filming. Salisbury has lots of beautiful buildings and landscapes that can be used as locations for film making.

“There will be additional income from film fans visiting the location of favourite films. Anything like this which brings lots of new visitors to enjoy what the centre of our city has to offer is very much to be welcomed.”

Myles Place is believed to have been built in 1718 on the site of a Medieval Canonry. 

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