Isle of Wight on Film and TV
The Isle of Wight has been a popular place for filming and has had a number of appearances in popular TV episodes over the years. Still popular today with film and TV crews with a new film called Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant being filmed here recently at Osborne House starring Dame Judi Dench
Below is a number of TV and Film appearances for the Isle of Wight:
A Letter from the Isle of Wight (1953) – Starring Robin Doyer & Joy Ray – Two children on holiday go exploring, and after visiting Carisbrooke Castle are swept out to the Needles and are rescued by the lighthouse keepers.
Remembering Summer – TV Series 1959–1960 Starring: Cyril Fletcher, John Betjeman, Barry Carmen and more, 10 episodes filmed on the Isle of Wight
Let Me Tell You – Each week, presenters Meryl O’Keeffe and Frank Hennig would visit a different town in the South West. There they’d meet local people and find out what issues concerned them about the area in which they lived. The episode from the Isle of Wight Aired in March 1967
Gegengesellschaft Oder Festival-Ramsch? (1970) – German documentary on the famous 1970 Isle of Wight Festival starring Jimi Hendrix
That’ll Be the Day (1973) Classic Film Staring David Essex, Ringo Starr Keith Moon – Filmed in 6 locations on the Isle of Wight at the old Pontin’s Little Canada Holiday Camp Holiday in Wootton – camp scene, Sandown High School – classroom scene, Shanklin Pier – beach scenes, old Warners St Clare in Ryde – Holiday Camp scene, Vectis Hall in Ryde – Dancing scenes, & Lakeside at Wootton Bridge – Dance scenes and fairground scenes
Blue Peter Special Assignment on The Isle of Wight” aired Sunday, 30 March 1975 on BBC1 – Valerie tells the story of Osborne House.
Treasure Hunt 1985 – Remember this 80’s show with Anneka Rice in a bright coloured jumpsuit and a helicopter doing a live treasure hunt. –
Filmed in 5 locations on the Isle of Wight at Blackgang Chine, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Robin Hill & Old Village Rock Shop
Live Isle of Wight ’70 – Released 1991 – A posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix released in 1991. The album captures a selection of songs from Hendrix’s last U.K. live performance at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 31, 1970, three weeks before his death.
Mrs Brown (1997) – Starring: Billy Connolly & Judi Dench Scene filmed on the Isle of Wight include many at Osborne House in East Cowes and a short scene at Compton Bay with Billy Connolly taking a little swim in the buff!
Sounds of the Suburbs – Channel 4 TV series aired in 1999 that featured Peel meeting local musicians in different parts – episode 7 on the Isle of Wight
Time Team – 2002 -Stars: Tony Robinson, Mick Aston & Phil Harding – While digging a water pipe trench, a local archaeologist found evidence of high-status Roman occupation.
Top Gear – Aired 2002 – Jeremy Clarkson took an Aston Martin took a drive around the Isle of Wight
Fragile (2005) Starring: Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh & Elena Anaya – A Spanish- British Horror filmed on various locations on the Isle of Wight and mainland a nurse desperately tries to keep her patients safe from a plague of random, mysterious attacks.
Dickinson’s Real Deal – that antique show hosted by David Dickinson – Came to the Isle of Wight in 2006 for a show which aired in November
Isle of Wight Festival 2008
Leonard Cohen: Live at the Isle of Wight: Released in the USA in 2009 – Forty summers ago on a windswept island just off England’s southern coastline, a young Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet-novelist named Leonard Cohen delivered the performance of a lifetime.
Isle of Wight Festival 2010: Live – presented by Fearne Cotton, Rufus Hound & Dave Berry
Grand Design – The Tree House – aired September 2010 – converting a 1970s bungalow into a 3 part home with studios, and with one 3 storey tower as a private retreat for themselves. The land is a country setting surrounded by woods, on the Isle of Wight. They wish to use unique materials like a yoghurt and cows dung siding wash and scorched Larch wood.
Isle of Wight Festival 2012: Live – presented by Zoë Ball, Mathew Horne, Shaun Keaveny and more
Escape to the Country – Came to the Isle of Wight in 2012 & 2016 to help couples find their perfect Island home.
Come Dine with Me – 2013 Isle of Wight celebrity Derek Sandy, eco-entrepreneur Rob Drake-Knight, single mum Claire Cheek and posh pensioner Tina Raymond compete in a week featuring rum punch, limbo dancing and too much bling
Coast – in 2014 – Whitstable to the Isle of Wight
Do you know one we have missed let us know so we can add it to the list?