Great Expectations came to Salisbury Cathedral Close last week.

Although there was a great deal of secrecy around the set and cast, some activity was clearly visible from the side-lines. 

Many of the spectators who lined up around the field boundaries were disappointed that they could not glimpse some of the lead actors.

This is what we know so far.

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When did filming start?

The filming started on Monday March 21 and finished on Thursday March 24. During that time, the set was closed off to the public. It was possible to watch some actors dressed in period costume all waiting for their cues. Horse drawn carriages were also seen.

Where was it filmed?

Filming took place in the Cathedral Close.

Myles Place was the main location but filming also took place in the field opposite.

The field was transformed with fake snow and turned into a misty, atmospheric scene.

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What is Great Expectations about?

It is the 13th novel by Charles Dickens. He originally published it as a serial in his weekly Periodical. It tells the story of an orphan nicknamed Pip and is a coming-of-age story.

Set in Kent, the novel follows Pip throughout his life.

Pip comes into a large fortune from a mystery benefactor and enters high society. This is a time of great social change, and the book addresses human worth.

Pip is convinced he knows his benefactor, but he is mistaken.

He meets Miss Havisham who is eccentric and almost mad after being jilted at the altar. She determines to always wear her wedding dress from that moment on. She teaches her adopted daughter Estella to torment men because she is so beautiful. Pip develops feelings for her, but she is unable to feel the same.

Who is in it?

Olivia Colman plays Miss Havisham and Fionn Whitehead is cast as Pip.

Other cast members include Ashley Thomas, Johnny Harris, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Hayley Squires, Owen McDonnell, Trystan Gravelle and Matt Berry.

When can people see it?

There is no information currently as to when this adaptation will be screened.

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