Essex has been used as a filming location for a number of films and TV shows across the years.

But did you know some well known films have also had scenes filmed at locations in and around Colchester.

Here is a list of some which used the borough as their backdrop.

Blackadder Goes Forth

The opening and closing credits to the show were recorded on location at the former Colchester Cavalry Barracks, at the Garrison.

Fifty members of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment were used in the production to represent Blackadder's men, suitably attired in First World War uniforms.

And stars Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Tony Robinson and Hugh Laurie were all on set.

The show was set in 1917 during the First World War.


Blackadder (Atkinson), now a captain, was stuck uncomfortably close to the Front Line and his prime concern was to dissuade General Melchett (Fry) from sending him and his men "over the top".

The final episode, where Blackadder and his men were forced to go over the top, concludes with a frozen frame that dissolves into a field of poppies.

It is regarded as one of British comedy's most poignant moments - making the Colchester connection even more significant.

The Canterbury Tales

The 1972 Italian film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini is based on the medieval poem by Geoffrey Chaucer.

The adaptation covers eight of the 24 tales and contains nudity and slapstick humour.


In the film Coggeshall's Grange Barn, now a National Trust property, is used as the Tabard Inn.

Sir January’s estate is St Osyth’s Priory and when Peterkin is apprehended he ends up being put in stocks in front of Layer Marney Tower.

The Fourth Protocol

In the 1987 British Cold War spy film featuring Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan one scene features clips filmed on the platform at Colchester station.

A car chase scene was filmed on the A1016 Chelmer Valley bypass along with other locations in Chelmsford.


The 1958 film included some scenes which were filmed in Fingringhoe.

The movie depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of the Second World War, and stars John Mills, Richard Attenborough, and Bernard Lee.

The film was the third most popular production at the British box office in 1958.