Film & Television Locations in Cornwall

Charlestown Harbour has probably appeared more than any other Cornwall film location, because it is an unspolit period harbour with fourmasters in residence.

Street of Abandoned Children (1929)

St. Ives, Mevagissey.

Silent Film.

The Manxman (1929)

Alfred Hitchcock film shot in Cornwall and studio

Only two scenes were shot on the Isle of Man and the rest was mostly filmed in North Cornwall and Polperro

Yellow Sands (1938)

Sennen Cove


The Thief of Baghdad (1940)


London Films

The Ghost Train 1941

Liskeard Station

Arthur Askey humour at a haunted station when passengers get stranded.

Next of Kin (1942)


Ealing Films

Love Story / A Lady Surrenders 1944

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

A half-blind airman falls for a pianist with a weak heart - set in Cornwall during WWII. Starring Margaret Lockwood, Stewart Granger

Johnny Frenchman (1945)


Ealing Studios film directed by Charles Frend. Breton and Cornish fishermen bury their differences during world war two and make friends when France is occupied by the Germans.

Miranda (1947)

Polperro, Looe.

Gainsborough. The mischievous mermaid. A film starring Glynis Johns.

Scott of the Antarctic 1948

Falmouth Docks, Cornwall

Story of ill-fated 1912 expedition to the South Pole.

Treasure Island (1949)

Carrick Roads, River Fal, Helford River, Gull Rock.

RKOP/Walt Disney

Knights of the Round Table 1953

Tintagel, Cornwall

King Arthur's legend Hollywood-style

Never Let Me Go 1953

Mullion Harbour, Newquay, Mevagissey.

MGM movie, Mullion Harbour was a Russian Harbour.

Dangerous Exile 1957

Porthluney Cove, Carrick Roads, Falmouth Bay & Harbour, Caerhays Castle.

Rank Production

Another time, Another place 1958


starring Lana Turner, Glynis Johns, Sean Connery

Behemoth The Sea Monster (or The Giant Behemoth) 1959


Artists Alliance

Crooks in Cloisters (1963)

St Mawes


Stolen Hours 1963


United Artists

Magical Mystery Tour 1967

Newquay Towan Beach, Bodmin.

Beatles Film

The Bed Sitting Room 1969

St Austell

United Artists

Malachi's Cove 1970

Tintagel Area, Trebarwith Strand.

Meg Owen, Donald Pleasance, Peter Vaughan, Veronica Quilligan.

Rebecca (1970s)

Caerhays Castle (for Manderley), Porthluney Cove.

BBC production

Blakes Seven (1970's)

St. Austell Clay Pits

BBC TV cult series

Straw Dogs 1971

St Buryan, Lamorna Cove Cornwall

In a Cornish village a mild American university researcher erupts into violence when taunted by villagers. A notorious Sam Peckinpah horror film. Starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.

Crucible of Terror 1971

Jericho Valley & Blue Hills near St. Agnes

Mike Raven, Mary Maude, James Bolam.

Doomwatch 1972

Polperro, Mevagissey.

Ian Bannen, Judy Geeson.

The Onedin Line 1972-80

Charlestown, Mousehole, Turnaware Point

Series about a young man's rise to wealth and power through the establishing of his own shipping line in the late C19th.

Poldark 1975-77

Perranporth, Coast towards Pendeen & Levant, Locations nr St Just, Trevellas Coombe, Prussia Cove, Mounts Bay, Towednack Church, Godolphin, Mousehole, Keigwin Arms, Charlestown, Porthcurno Beach, Lands End, many locations in second series in East Cornwall around Lostwithiel, Porthluney Cove by Veryan Bay, St Mawes Castle, St Winnow's Church, St Agnes,Port Holland, Portloe, Luxulyan, St Enedoc's Church, Pendeen Manor Farm, Botallack Manor Farm (nr. St. Just, Penwith for Nampara), River Fowey, Roscarrock Farm - Port Quin, Doyden Point - Port Quin, Lanhydrock, Trerice Manor, Bocconoc Estate,

Based on Winston Grahams Four Poldark novels, this C18th Cornish Romantic drama followed the life of Ross Poldark

Doctor Who 1975 St Austell Clay Pits
The Dame of Sark 1976

Porth Mellin, below Mullion Village.

Anglia TV

The Eagle has Landed 1976

Charlestown, RAF St Mawgan, Newquay Cornwall

WWII drama about enemy spies infiltrating an English village with the intention of assassinating Churchill.

My Son, My Son 1978

Tremayne Quay, Carwinion, Nare Head.


Penmarric 1978

Penwith Peninsulla, Zennor Head, Cape Cornwall, Botallack Manor Farm, Levant Mine, Trengwainton. Botallack Manor featured as 'Roslyn' in Penmarric. Towednack church

BBC TV series from the novel by Susan Howatch about the lives and loves of a Cornish family spanning the years 1867 to 1940.

Dracula 1978

Tintagel, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasence in a Stylish version of the Bram Stoker story

Priest of Love 1980

Porth Zennor Cove

BBC Production

The Badness Within Him or Last Summer's Child) 1980

Penberth Cove

BBC Production

Jumping the Queue 1980's


BBC Production, Sheila Hancock

Ripping Yarns - Whinfrey's Last case (1980's)

Cape Cornwall

Michael Palin,

Charles Darwin - The Voyage of the Beagle. (1980's)

Charlestown Harbour

BBC Production

The Revenge of Billy The Kid (1980's) Mousehole

Cast: Norman Mitchell

Nightmare Man 1981

Padstow, St Enodoc golf club in Rock, the Youth Hostel on Glebe cliff at Tintagel, Trebarwith Strand, but mainly filmed in Port Isaac. Cornwall doubled for the Scottish island of Inverdee.

Sci-fi thriller serial from the BBC based on a novel called Children of Vodyanoi by David Wiltshire.

Omen III (The Final Conflict) 1981

St. Austell, Luxulyan, Prideaux Place.

TCF Production

The Island of Adventure 1981

Wheal Coates, Mullion Cove, Poldhu Cove.

Darrell Waters Production

Jamaica Inn 1982

Port Quin, Polzeath, Pentire Glaze.

HTV Production

The Flame & the Sword 1982

Bedruthan Steps, Boscastle.

SKAN Production

My Cousin Rachel 1982

Gribbin Head, Vault Beach, Lantivet Beach.

The film is based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier

To The Lighthouse 1982

Carbis Bay, Hayle, Lelant, Railway at St. Erth, Bosrigan Head.


A Distant Scream 1983

Kynance Cove, Mullion Harbour.

Hammer Films

Samson & Delilah 1983

Cornish Engines

Flamingo Pictures

Top Secret 1983

Holywell, Godrevy.

Paramount British Pictures starring Val Kilmer, Peter Cushing, Omar Sharif.

Robin of Sherwood 1984

Rinsey, Mount's Bay


The Return of Sherlock Holmes : The Devil's Foot 1986

Lizard Peninsula - Kynance Cove, Mounts Bay, Lanyon Quoit, Cadgwith, W. Penwith Moors, Boskednan - Nine Maidens standing stones in Cornwall

Acclaimed and stylish version created closely and accurately after the style of the original stories. TV starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke.

Ball Trap at the Cote Sauvage 1989

Newquay (for Brittany), Crantock Beach, Fistral Beach, Holywell Bay.


First and Last 1989

Lands End: cliffs, Longships lighthouse, Seven Stones Reef, Wolf Rock light, Sennen Cove, Carbis Bay.


Shootout at the OK Tea Rooms 1989

St. Just

The Goodies

The Shell Seekers 1989

Lands End (State House Hotel), St Ives, Lamorna Cove, Porthgwarra, Marazion,

Rosamunde Pilcher story

The Tale of Little Pig Robinson 1990


Dreamscape Productions

The Camomile Lawn 1991

Veryan & Portloe Harbour, Broom Parc

Mary Wesley war time drama set in Cornwall and London in 1939. Starring Jennifer Ehle at her best, Felicity Kendal, Toby Stevens and Tara Fitzgerald.

Inspector Alleyn 1992

Glebe Cliff - Tintagel

BBC Production

Cycle of Death (pilot for Wycliffe) 1993

Penzance, Marazion.


The Three Musketeers 1993

Charlestown, Bocconoc Estate, Lanhydrock, Pentire, Rumps, Pelynt, Lostwithiel

Re-make of the Alexandre Dumas story. Walt Disney film with Charlie Sheen, Keifer Sutherland.

Wycliffe 1994-1998

All over Cornwall including Carn Galver, Reskajeage Downs, Hemmick Beach, Cape Cornwall, Pentire, Godrevy, Rinsey, Wheal Charlotte, Truro, Perranporth, Wadebridge, Newquay, Porthtowan, Portreath, Trelissick, Church Cove

Cornish based detective Series based on novels By W J Burley

The End of Summer 1994

Padstow, Bude, Widemouth Bay, Prideaux Place.

Frankfurter Films

Blue Juice 1994

Newquay, St Ives, Mousehole, Chapel Porth, Godrevy in Cornwall

Charming and offbeat story about surfers gathering in Cornwall for one last fling before succumbing to life's responsibilities.

Poldark - Stranger from the Sea 1995

Rinsey, Lansallos - village & Cove, Coombe Haven, Penrose Estate.


Wind in the Willows 1995

Camel Estuary

Davrod Productions

Bugs 1995

Tamar Valley

Carnival Films for BBC TV

Daisies in December 1995

St. Ives, St. Michael's Mount

HTV International/Hallmark

The Empty House. Another View. Voices in Summer. Snow in April. 1995

St. Ives, Mousehole, Godrevy, Carngloose, Trengwainton, Penberth, Mullion, Gunwalloe, Fowey, Cape Cornwall.

Frankfurter Films

The Vet 1995


Ikona for the BBC

Treasure Island 1995



Twelfth Night 1995

Lanhydrock, Cotehele, Mt Edgcumbe, Prideaux Place, St Michael's Mount, Trebarwith Strand all in Cornwall

Helena Bonham-Carter, Imogen Stubbs and Nigel Hawthorne in a lively version of Shakespeare's play

Jonathan Creek 1996

Rinsey Head

BBC Production

Oscar & Lucinda 1996

Boscastle, Crackington Haven, Port Isaac, Bossiney, Trebarwith, Morwenstow.

Story of ostracised gamblers in C19th Australia who become star-cross'd lovers.

Moll Flanders 1996

Charlestown Harbour, River Fal, Turnaware Point in Cornwall

A C17th tale of incest, adultery, bigamy and theft.

Amy Foster 1996

Bodmin, Port Quin, Pentire Head, Crackington Haven, Port Isaac, Charlestown, St Breward, Michaelstow, Pencarrow Head, Blisland, Cornwall

Based on a Joseph Conrad short story, the film tells the tale of a Russian shipwrecked near an isolated Cornish village in the C19th.

Rebecca 1996

Charlestown, Cornwall

Charles Dance, Diana Rigg, Faye Dunaway star in a Daphne Du Maurier story - Diana Rigg won a Best Supporting Actress award

Tea With the Professor 1996

Antony House, Port Eliot Estate.

Frankfurter Films for German TV

Thief Takers 1996

St. Ives - The Towans.

Carlton for ITV Network

Plunge 1997

Fistral Beach - Newquay, Watergate Bay.

Kate Winslet

All the Little Animals 1997

Wheal Coates, St. Agnes Area.

Recorded Picture Co.

A Respectable Trade 1997

Charlestown in Cornwall

Period drama set in Bristol about love, greed and ambition set against the slave trade in 1788. Jenny Agutter, Richard Briers, Warren Clarke, Emma Fielding, Anna Massey.

Coming Home 1997

Prideaux Place, Lelant, Godrevy Point, Penzance, Porthgwarra Beach, Marazion, Cornwall

Rosamunde Pilcher Story with Joanna Lumley, Peter O'Toole, Emily Mortimer, Penelope Kieth, David McCallum.

The Red Dress 1998


A Rosamond Pilcher novel filmed by a German company.

Frenchman's Creek 1998

Charlestown, Helston, Padstow, St Clement, in Cornwall

TV version of Daphne Du Maurier's story starring Tara Fitzgerald.

The Shell Seekers 1998

Lands End. Lamorna Cove and Marazion.

Rosamunde Pilcher story starring Angela Lansbury and Patricia Hodge

Mansfield Park 1998 Charlestown, Cornwall
Wives & Daughters 1999

Charlestown in Cornwall

Period drama about middle-English society on the eve of the Industrial Revolution

Mrs Bradley Mysteries: The Worsted Viper 1999

Trevose Head in Cornwall

Diana Rigg in a Lavish murder-mystery stories set in the 1920's

Nancherrow 1999

Chapel Porth, Wheal Coates, Towan Head Newquay, Bodmin and Wenford Railway.

Sequel to Coming Home from the novel by Rosamund Pilcher. Starring Susan Hampshire and Patrick Macnee.

Pandaemonium 2000

Charlestown in Cornwall

The story of the relationship between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.

Saving Grace 2002

Port Isaac, St Endellion, Boscastle,Trebarwith St Tudy in Cornwall

Comedy horticultural film starring Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson. Plantations of cannabis have been found growing on Penwith's clifftops.

Bitter Sweet 2002 Contemporary love story set in Cornwall. There are two versions of the film, one in English and a subtitled version in the Cornish language
Die Another Day 2002

The Eden Project. The opening squence of the film of a North Korean battlefield was shot at Holywell Bay near Newquay.

James Bond Movie.

Wild West 2004


Comedy series set in the fictitious Cornish village of St Gweep, which is actually the village of Portloe. Starring Dawn French.

Ladies in Lavender 2004

Cadgwith, Helston

Ladies in Lavender is based on a short story by William J. Locke. Starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

Doc Martin (2004)

Port Isaac

Mini series starting on ITV starring Martin Clunes. The series is based on the character Martin Clunes played in the comedy film Saving Grace

Cold and Dark (2005)

A horror film starring Luke Goss filmed at the South West Film Studios, in St Agnes Cornwall.
Guns, Money and Home Cooking (2005)


A comedy thriller starring Vinnie Jones and Ronan Keating

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