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Editor's Viewpoint: 'Piles' of cash as our stately homes open up to film crews

A film crew at work on Channel 5's Agatha and the Truth of Murder at Grey Abbey
A film crew at work on Channel 5's Agatha and the Truth of Murder at Grey Abbey

Editor's Viewpoint

The grand stately homes of Northern Ireland which remain in private ownership require enormous funding to keep them in tip-top condition and enterprising owners have found a lucrative source of income - the film and television industries.

Nine television dramas and six feature films were shot at locations around the province in the past 12 months. Grey Abbey House in the Ards Peninsula was the setting for an Agatha Christie drama. Castle Ward is one of the locations for the Game Of Thrones series, and Crom Castle in Fermanagh was the location for television comedy series Blandings.

It sent the owners laughing all the way to the bank.

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