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New period comedy filmed in Fermanagh to hit TV screens on Sunday

8 January

An eagerly anticipated BBC period comedy series filmed at a County Fermanagh country estate will air this weekend.

'Blandings'

'Blandings', based on author PG Wodehouse's hilarious accounts of the life and times of Lord Emsworth of Blanding Castle, begins on Sunday 13th January on BBC 1 at 6.30pm.

The six-part series was filmed at Crom Castle in Fermanagh (plus three days at Florence Court) and stars well-known actors such as Timothy Spall, Jennifer Saunders, David Walliams and Mark Williams, just to name a few.

Crom Castle stands on elevated parkland amidst an archipelago of wooded islands and peninsulae in tranquil Upper Lough Erne. Built for the Third Earl of Erne in the 1830s it was designed by the English architect Edward Blore who was responsible for sections of Buckingham Palace, and has been the home to the Crichton family, Earls of Erne for centuries.

The Earl of Erne and staff at Crom Castle were "honoured" that Crom had been selected for such a pretigious production and look forward to its highly anticipated screening and its future success.

"I am waiting with bated breath. I think it will be a fabulous production," said Viscount Crichton, son of the Earl, in a recent interview with the Belfast Telegraph.

With recent headlines such as "BBC looks to steal Downton ratings with two helpings of PG Wodehouse" (The Observer, 30 December 2012) and "Estate of grace... move over Downton, Ulster country pile is newest star of TV" (Belfast Telegraph, 1 January 2013) great success is expected for 'Blandings'.

One can fully experience the magic of this sublimely beautiful place by staying in the West Wing of Crom Castle itself. Whether you are seeking creative inspiration, spiritual fulfilment or are planning a corporate get-together, an exclusive 'boutique' wedding, a family holiday, or reunion, the interior elegance of the West Wing, together with the majesty and serenity of its surroundings makes Crom an irresistible destination. For further information see www.cromcastle.com.

Also in the coming months Crom Castle is planning to introduce guided tours, where you can explore the Castle and see for yourself where 'Blandings' was filmed.

See here for more information on the show's plot and and characters.

***Why not escape the winter blues and see where the series was filmed, by treating yourself to a refreshing break with the National Trust in County Fermanagh.  There are seven holiday cottages available for hire at Crom Estate (adjacent to Crom Castle) and two at Florence Court.  For further information on the cottages, please visit www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk or call 0844 800 2078.

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