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    Milton Abbey School, Blandford, Dorset, was "Bamfylde School" in the television adaptation - not West Buckland on which former pupil R. F. Delderfield based his novel.



    Canford School, Wimborne, Dorset, is also described, on IMDb, as a filming location for TO SERVE THEM ALL MY DAYS (1980).



    Can anyone confirm that Canford was used for some scenes ?



    Milton Abbey usually meets film-makers' overall needs for school-based movies/TV series.



    Examples include RIPPING YARNS: Tompkinson's Schooldays (1976) and THE BROWNING VERSION (1994) in addition to PASSION OF THE PRIEST (2002).



    Which other independent boarding-schools have been used by film-makers ?

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    Canford was the subject of a documentary, THE HIGHEST BIDDER (which appears to be missing from the BFI database).



    In 1992, a section of the tuck-shop wall was discovered to be an Assyrian sculpture assumed to be lost in the river Tigris 3,000 years ago, but brought to England by Sir Austen Henry Layard who rediscovered Nineveh.



    It was previously dismissed as a plaster-cast.



    The sculpture was sold at Christie's, in 1994, for 7.7m ($11.9m).



    To celebrate the occasion, the headmaster gave all 500 pupils a Mars bar each.



    The history of the Assyrian sculpture is detailed in a fascinating book by John Malcolm Russell:



    From Nineveh to New York:

    The Strange Story of the Assyrian Reliefs in the Metropolitan Museum and the Hidden Masterpiece at Canford School (Yale University, 1997)

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    Bedford School was used for Royal Flash ; the opening scene in the schools's Great Hall (later destroyed by fire), with Malcolm McDowell as Flashman and Michael Hordern as the headmaster.

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    The Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Hertfordshire, England has been used for Judge John Deed and more famously for It's Great To Be Young.



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    Not TV but St John's Beaumont School in Old Windsor appears in Loophole

    (1980)

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    name='Freddy']The Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Hertfordshire, England has been used for Judge John Deed and more famously for It's Great To Be Young.



    Freddy
    And tons of other stuff from The New Avengers and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life to Little Britain (it's Kelsey Grammar School) and Hot Fuzz. Handy for the Borehamwood / Elstree studios

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    Uppingham was used in Another Country

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    Senior Member Country: England Maurice's Avatar
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    Separate documentaries with the same title:



    1. Public School (BBC1, broadcast 13/09/1979, dir. Jonathan Gill)



    BFI database: Portrait of Westminster Public School. Three pupils, a master and the head-master, discuss academic and social matters concerning the school.



    2. Public School (BBC2, documentary series, 1980)



    Wikipedia entry for Radley College includes:

    "Television series"



    "During the 1979 summer term, the school's activities were filmed by the BBC for a series called "Public School", broadcast on BBC2 early in 1980.



    "Capturing the end of a period in which such schools felt genuinely afraid that the Labour government might push through legislation to close them down (there is a memorable scene of the headmaster expressing his delight in Margaret Thatcher's first election victory), the programme nevertheless now seems like a period piece, if only because it shows certain teaching methods and values that would never be allowed today. "



    Old Radleians with theatre, television or movie connections:



    James Bachman, comic writer and actor

    Gerald Brenan, writer

    Peter Cook, comedian

    Mark Durdon-Smith, television presenter

    Richard Gibson, actor (Herr Flick in 'ALLO 'ALLO)

    Christopher Hibbert, historian

    Cyril Holland, son of Oscar Wilde

    Desmond Llewelyn, actor ("Q" in James Bond movies)

    Harold Monro, founder, Poetry Bookshop

    Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate

    Dennis Price, actor

    Peter Wildeblood, journalist and playwright

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    Old Westminsters associated with performing arts:



    Ben Johnson (1573-1637), poet and dramatist

    George Herbert (1593-1633), public orator and poet

    John Dryden (1631-1700), poet and playwright

    Henry Purcell (1659-1695), composer



    A. A. Milne (1882-1956), author and journalist

    Robert Southey (1772-1843), poet, historian and biographer

    Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983), conductor

    Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000), actor and director



    Sir Peter Ustinov (1921-2004), actor, writer, director and raconteur

    Peter Brook, (b. 1925), theatre director

    Simon Gray (1936-2008), playwright and diarist

    Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948), composer and producer



    Martin Amis (b. 1949), novelist

    Stephen Poliakoff (b. 1952), director, playwright and television dramatist

    Shane MacGowan (b. 1957), musician

    Helena Bonham Carter (b. 1966), actress



    Marcel Theroux (b. 1948), novelist and broadcaster

    Jonathan Yeo (b. 1970), artist

    Dido Armstrong (b. 1971), musician known as "Dido"

    Conrad Shawcross (b. 1977), artist



    Pinny Grylls (b.1978), documentary film-maker

    Benjamin Yeoh (b. 1978), playwright

    Mica Penniman (b. 1983), musician known as "Mika"

    Max Vergara Poeti (b. 1983), novelist



    source: Wikipedia

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    I remember Westminster..I think you could probably come up with a similiar list from the rough old school I used to go to down the road over time.



    We used to have to have 'road traffic competitions' etc and various sports against them and they would thrash us at anything that involved hothousing admittedly, but we'd thrash them at sport.



    From around my time there - Westminster: Jonathan Yeo (b. 1970), artist

    Dido Armstrong (b. 1971), musician known as "Dido"



    I could name at least ten (that I am aware of) just in my year who have done incredibly well. Just from the little group I used to hang around with - a top music producer, a comedienne and a successful artist.



    I'm not being churlish - just pointing out that public school doesn't, necessarily, produce more 'success' in the 'arts'.

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    name='MB']I remember Westminster..I think you could probably come up with a similiar list from the rough old school I used to go to down the road over time.

    I'm not being churlish - just pointing out that public school doesn't, necessarily, produce more 'success' in the 'arts'.




    Kim Philby (1912-1988), Member, "Cambridge 5" spy ring; KGB operative

    Nick Clegg (b. 1967), Leader, Lib Dems

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    Yes, but it is only available to a small amount of people and based on their parent's income, which, for all we know could be produced from crime or their ancestors spearing more people than others and nicking their land..only saying..



    The biggest problem concerning public schools, recently, is that the children whose parents have been affected by the credit crunch are having to leave their friends behind and move school - which must be heartbreaking for them.



    I've got nothing against the kids - the westminster kids were always very polite to us and I know that a few of our lot used to go and beat them up or have unrequited 'posse' meets..but the system itself was clearly unfair and some of them felt it too.



    Just my opinion..I had the opportunity to send my daughter to public school and I didn't take it - so I'm not just being 'jealous' or looking for an argument. I really believe this stuff.

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    name='Maurice']Kim Philby (1912-1988), Member, "Cambridge 5" spy ring; KGB operative

    Nick Clegg (b. 1967), Leader, Lib Dems


    Sorry - is that 'for' or against? Kim Philby was a socialist who, I would have thought, would have been anti the public school system.



    Anyway I've got to go to the doctors now. Each to their own, just putting forward another point of view.

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    I could be wrong but I thought Ian Dury's songwriting partner/arranger Chaz Jankel was from Westminster ?

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    name='billy bentley']I could be wrong but I thought Ian Dury's songwriting partner/arranger Chaz Jankel was from Westminster ?
    Do you mean that he attended Westminster School?

    I can't find any references to that, or anything to deny it.

    He was born in Stanmore and went to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design



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    name='Maurice']Milton Abbey School, Blandford, Dorset, was "Bamfylde School" in the television adaptation - not West Buckland on which former pupil R. F. Delderfield based his novel.



    Canford School, Wimborne, Dorset, is also described, on IMDb, as a filming location for TO SERVE THEM ALL MY DAYS (1980).




    Canford (which has about 600 pupils) was not used for TO SERVE THEM ALL MY DAYS. Milton Abbey was sufficient. IMDb has been notified of its error.



    If the boys at "Bamfylde" had played Real Tennis, Canford would have been useful, being the only school with a Real Tennis court (opened 1879). Since then, the Oratory and Radley have acquired them.





    THE HIGHEST BIDDER (BBC2, 2003):



    Canford's principal architect was Sir Charles Barry who also designed the Houses of Parliament.



    Nineveh Porch, aka the tuck-shop, had sculptures from the palace of King Assurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) at Nimrud, ancient Kalhu (now northern Iraq).





    Old Canfordians: Derek Jarman, film director;

    Alan Hollinghurst, winner, Man Booker Prize for THE LINE OF BEAUTY, adapted for television (2006) by Andrew Davies.

    Peter Parker, author, THE OLD LIE: The Great War and the Public-School Ethos (1987)

    biographer: J. R. Ackerley (1989), Christopher Isherwood (2004)

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    name='Maurice']

    Nineveh Porch, aka the tuck-shop, had sculptures from the palace of King Assurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) at Nimrud, ancient Kalhu (now northern Iraq).




    This evening's programme:



    MASTERPIECES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM

    The stone reliefs of Assyrian monarch King Ashburnipal

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    name='ghughesarch']And tons of other stuff from The New Avengers and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life to Little Britain (it's Kelsey Grammar School) and Hot Fuzz. Handy for the Borehamwood / Elstree studios


    No, The New Avengers never had any footage filmed at The Masonic School at Bushey.



    It was The Avengers episode Deaths Door.



    Also



    Aldenham School at Letchmore Heath, near Elstree, was used for the film If, a fact confirmed to me by the headmaster, when I visited there some years ago accompanied by Mr Avengerland, Tony McKay.

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    Yes Steve Crook, I thought Jankel went somewhere pound note like that - but maybe it was somewhere else !

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    name='Mikey']

    Aldenham School at Letchmore Heath, near Elstree, was used for the film If, a fact confirmed to me by the headmaster, when I visited there some years ago accompanied by Mr Avengerland, Tony McKay.


    IF.....(1968) was produced by Michael Medwin, an Old Canfordian, who also worked with Lindsay Anderson on OH LUCKY MAN!



    Michael Medwin, OBE., (b. 1929) actor, producer and writer:

    IMDb lists 106 screen appearances, from 1946 to 2008, including OPERATION DIAMOND (1948) and NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983).



    Producer:

    MEMOIRS OF A SURVIVOR (1981)

    O LUCKY MAN! (1973)

    GUMSHOE (1971)

    SPRING AND PORT WINE (1970)

    IF....(1968)

    CHARLIE BUBBLES (1967)



    Old Canfordians at the BBC:

    Sir John Drummond (1934-2006), Controller, Radio 3

    Ore Oduba (b. 1985), Newsround Presenter

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