Japanese film company Fuji Sankei Communications will visit Exeter for four days between April 8-11. They are filming a television travel documentary Great Railway Journeys to be shown in Japan. They chose Exeter and Dartmouth as places to film in the South West.
The Japanese film crew led by director Noriko Deno will be filming at St David’s Station, in and around the cathedral, at the Quayside and at the food festival in Northernhay Gardens. They are also going to accompany Margaret Smith, Exeter City Council’s longest serving Red Coat Guide, on a tour.
Exeter has benefited from German film company FFP Media filming television dramas based on the books of Rosamunde Pilcher. This production company has based themselves in Exeter and in neighbouring towns and cities over the last 12 years. In 2009, nearly 3,000 visitors arrived into Exeter’s International Airport as a direct result of this filming. Many others arrived by coach and independently by car.
Fuji Sankei Communications were particularly interested in Exeter’s famous Red Coat Guided Tours. These historical walking tours take place on nearly every day of the year and they are free. The guides are all volunteers and all have a keen interest in the history of the city. More than 15,000 visitors and residents went on a Red Coat Guided walk last year. There are 15 different tours.
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