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Springhill: Look inside the 17th century house at the heart of Jamie Dornan's Death And Nightingales

Jamie Dornan as Liam Ward (C) Night Flight Pictures Ltd 2018 - Photographer: Christopher Barr
Billy Winters (MATTHEW RHYS), Beth Winters (ANN SKELLY) - (C) Night Flight Pictures Ltd 2018 - Photographer: Christopher Barr

Springhill, a 17th-century plantation home in Moneymore, stars alongside Jamie Dornan in new BBC Two drama, Death And Nightingales.

Providing an authentic setting for the period drama, Springhill plays a central role in the series as the Winters’ family home where much of the story unfolds.

In order to accommodate the filming schedule, Springhill was closed to the public for much of May and June, although staff and volunteers maintained a busy schedule assisting the production team on site.

Dornan (36) stars alongside Matthew Rhys and Ann Skelly in Death And Nightingales, the BBC’s adaptation of Eugene McCabe’s modern Irish classic novel.

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The Belfast-born actor was reunited with The Fall creator Allan Cubitt for Death And Nightingales, which is adapted from Eugene McCabe's novel of the same name.

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Although set in Fermanagh, Death and Nightingales was filmed at various locations across Northern Ireland, including Springhill, Tollymore and Strangford.

Explaining why Springhill was chosen as a location for the filming, production company The Imaginarium said: "Springhill is the perfect house for Death and Nightingales. The house is lovingly preserved by The National Trust who were very supportive as we recreated a late 19th century gentleman’s residence.

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"The planter house dates from the late 17th-century. Billy Winters' grandfather would have bought the house and surrounding land around 1800, and built extensions to the existing house at that time. So Springhill perfectly reflects the story of the Protestant Winters family in its history, architecture and beautifully preserved interior."

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Jamie Dornan as Liam Ward (C) Night Flight Pictures Ltd 2018 - Photographer: Christopher Barr

Screen tourism is a major growth industry in Northern Ireland and many of the National Trust’s places have benefited from being used as film locations.

The global success of HBO’s Game of Thrones series brings thousands of people to Castle Ward in Co Down each year, all eager to explore the authentic film location of Winterfell.

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Kearney, Mount Stewart, Crom, Divis and the Black Mountain and Portstewart Strand have all provided settings for recent films and TV dramas, with Springhill now claiming its place in the hall of fame.

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