VIEWERS watching the latest Agatha Christie drama on BBC last night (Sunday) were not mistaken, some of the scenes did indeed look familiar, as they were filmed at Sheldon Manor, near Chippenham.

Starring Rufus Sewell, Kaya Scoledario, and Henry Lloyd-Hughes, the plot has rather more to it that the classic whodunnit: Rufus Sewell, as Mark Easterbrook, tries to uncover the mystery of a list of names found in the shoe of a dead woman.

His investigation leads him to the peculiar village of Much Deeping, and The Pale Horse, the home of a trio of rumoured witches. Word has it that the witches can do away with wealthy relatives by means of the dark arts, but as the bodies mount up, Mark is certain there has to be a rational explanation.

"Sheldon Manor was used for both the outdoor garden of the witches, the walk through the woods for Mark’s approach to the back of the Pale Horse pub and all the interior Pale Horse scenes," said producer Ado Casuto.

The two-part adaption of the novel of the same name is the latest Mammoth Screen production to choose north Wiltshire locations - they also made Poldark, which featured Corsham and Bowood in its episodes.

The drama was filmed between July and September 2019. Other scenes were filmed in the Chew Valley and in Bristol, with people who know the city recognising Denmark Street stands in for Soho and Queen Square features as a Chelsea apartment block.

The second half of the drama shows on BBC1 next Sunday at 9pm.