TV and literary heroes

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Wednesday 18 October 2006

17 October 2006

Prizes on the trail of Peak film/TV and literary heroes

Peak District visitors can follow in the footsteps of movie-stars and literary heroes with a new self-guided trail, due to be launched on October 27.

“Front Row of the Peak,” a free Peak Experience guide to film and literature locations, includes settings for Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, the long-running ITV drama Peak Practice and BBC’s League of Gentlemen.

To link up with the launch, Peak Experience is holding a competition to win sets of crime thrillers by Stephen Booth or young people’s books by Berlie Doherty – both local authors with a strong Peak District background.

The trail will be officially unveiled at An Evening with Local Authors, part of the Peak Literature Festival, Country Bookshop (old Hassop Station), at 7.30pm on October 27.

“Front Row of the Peak” leaflets, with maps and details of shops, attractions and accommodation along the way, will be available from Peak District Visitor Centres, or online at

The Peak District has inspired writers, dramatists and film-makers for many years –  Jane Austen is thought to have based Darcy’s home on Chatsworth, Charlotte Bronte  based parts of Jane Eyre on places around Hathersage. The BBC used Haddon Hall, the North Lees estate and Dovedale as settings for its recent Jane Eyre adaptation.

“Front Row of the Peak” is just one of a series of Peak Experience self-guided trails, whose aim is to encourage people to make the most of the area’s rich heritage and benefit local businesses on the way.

Other trails, launched this summer, include “Stepping Back in Time” (history and archaeology), “From Cradle to Grave” (churches) and “Lands that Time Forgot” (geology). More are on the way, including myths and murder, antiques, food and farming.

To enter the competition for sets of Stephen Booth or Berlie Doherty novels, answer these questions:

1.  What is the name of the fictional village where detective Ben Cooper is based in Stephen Booth’s novels?

2. Which drowned village appears in Berlie Doherty’s novel “Deep Secret”?

Send your answers, by 10 Nov 2006, with your name, address, and preference for either the Stephen Booth or Berlie Doherty prize, to:

Peak Experience, Losehill Hall, Peak District National Park Centre for Environmental Learning, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WB.

This is a Peak District Interpretation Partnership project, funded by Derby & Derbyshire Rural Action Zone, the European Union, and other local partners.

This is an archived press release

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