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German crew will live in containers

By 23rd March 2016

German crew will live in containers

THE crew of the much-loved German television series based on Rosamunde Pilcher’s novels will soon be returning to Newquay to begin filming – and they will be living in converted shipping containers.

The unusual place of residence came about after local businessman, Baylor Julian, heard that the production crew had lost their living accommodation at the end of last year’s filming season.

Baylor used to be involved in the wholesale fruit and vegetable industry with R.T. Julian and Son Limited, but the company was forced to reinvent its business when the supermarkets eroded their trade. 

Instead they set up Newquay Self Storage at Prow Park, and in 2010 Baylor was approached by the Rosamunde Pilcher crew who asked to use one of their former distribution warehouses in Crantock Street for pre-production offices and a prop store for a summer filming season.

Baylor says he quickly understood the value of hosting the film crew and the benefits Cornwall would get from free prime-time advertising on German television. 

So Baylor and his team set about making the film crew as comfortable as possible. One filming season became five and Newquay continued to gain from the economic benefits the filming brought to the tourism industry in the area. The film adaptations of the Rosamunde Pilcher books have proved to be highly popular in Germany, where the books are also an outstanding success, and Newquay receives hundreds of German visitors throughout the year.

But at the end of the last filming season the future of the filming in Newquay seemed to be in doubt when Baylor was told that the film crew would have to move away because they had lost their living accommodation. With the crew preferring to film in the summer months, finding an affordable alternative proved difficult.

Again, Baylor and his team moved into high gear and an idea was put to the film company bosses – to convert former shipping containers into modern live/work units for the film crew to use.

In total 16 new live/work accommodation units were sited on a discreet plot at Prow Park Business Village at Treloggan Industrial Estate, together with support facilities including secure lorry parking and special facilities for camera charging, testing and special hookups for the location caterers.

These facilities mean the film crew can return this summer for another season’s filming, building on the success of the previous filming.

Malcolm Bell, from Visit Cornwall, was just one of the people happy to see the return of the film crew. He said: “Thanks to the TV series of Rosamunde Pilcher we have seen impressive and steady growth in the number and value of the German tourists coming to Cornwall. To keep this momentum going, it was vital that the film production company continues to film new series in our wonderful region.

“The problem is the crew like to film in the summer months, which is great because that is when Cornwall is at its best – unfortunately it is also when affordable accommodation is at its least. I am delighted and very grateful to Baylor Julian and his team for being key in securing another filming season by their provision of quality, innovative accommodation for the film crew. If we had failed to secure them the accommodation, we could have lost them.”

By 23rd March 2016

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