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Emily White is an aspiring journalist currently undertaking a work placement with The Lincolnite. She is an MA journalism student at the University of Lincoln working on her final portfolio. Emily has a keen interest in gender equality, politics and film.

From TV to film, Lincolnshire has been the star of the show this year as film crews from across the globe have chosen the county’s historic towns and stunning landscapes as their background.

To celebrate Lincolnshire’s year on the big (and small) screen, we compiled a recap of all the filming events.

Wild Bill in Boston

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American actor Rob Lowe stars as Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force in a six-part crime drama that began filming in Lincolnshire in November 2018. The drama is set to be on our screens in 2019.

Double Bill: Rob Lowe as US cop Bill Hixon and Lincolnshire Police’s Chief Constable Bill Skelly. Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Rob Lowe and Angela Griffon on set. Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Rob Lowe getting into character. Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Rob Lowe was happy to take photo and chat with locals in Boston in between filming takes. Photo: Charles Turner

Grand Tour in Lincoln

Hammond, May and Clarkson were back in Lincoln in October this year filming the last episode of the third series of Amazon’s Grand Tour. The crew were spotted filming at Lincoln cathedral where locals got the chance to be part of the audience.

The third series of the Grand Tour is set to stream on Amazon Prime Video on 18 January 2019 with episodes streaming weekly.

Jeremy Clarkson and James May. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The King

The Netflix period drama starring Academy Award-winning actor Timothée Chamalet, and Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton was shot at Lincoln cathedral back in June this year. Earlier in the year, scouts put out a call for Lincoln people to play extras in the film so keep an eye out for some familiar faces in the final cut.

The King will be released in 2019 on Netflix.

Timothée Chamalet filming The King at Lincoln cathedral

The Great

In October, it was announced that Maleficent star Elle Fanning and Skins actor Nicholas Hoult would be starring in a historical drama being filmed in Lincolnshire and other locations.

The Great, made for American streaming service Hulu, will be about the reign of the Empress of Russia Catherine the Great. Filming for the series will commence in 2019.

Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult are set to star in TV drama Catherine The Great, part of which will be filmed in Lincolnshire.


Filmed last year on Lincoln’s Steep Hill and Gainsborough Old Hall, Oscar-nominated director Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo was released in the cinemas this year on 1 September.

Peterloo is the real-life story about the killing of 15 people and the injuring of hundreds more when cavalry charged at protestors at the Peterloo Massacre at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, 1819.

Mike Leigh filming Peterloo in the Cathedral Quarter. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Actors and extras filming Peterloo in Lincoln in July 2017. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Filming for Peterlooat Gainsborough Old Hall. Photo: Daniel Ionescu for Lincolnshire Reporter

Lancaster Skies

The independent feature war filmed was primarily filmed in Lincolnshire and was produced by Sleaford based company Tin Hat Productions. The film was written and produced by Andrew Burn, Callum Burn and Sam Parsons, with Callum Burn at the directorial helm.

Filming began way back in 2015 and is now set for DVD and limited cinema release in 2019 after finalising a deal with distributor Kaleidoscope.

Independent feature film Lancaster Skies is due to be released in selective cinemas in February 2019. Photo: Tin Hat Productions/Kaleidoscope Film Distribution

The Tin Hat Productions team built all the sets themselves from scratch. Photo: Tin Hat Productions


A fly-tipper has been sentenced after his own rubbish was found amongst a ‘mountain of filth’ that was dumped in a lay-by in Cleethorpes earlier this year.

Leigh Potterton, 37, pleaded guilty to a fly-tipping offence under S33 (1) (a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 when he appeared before magistrates on Wednesday, December 12.

His waste was found among 80 tonnes of rubbish that had come from elsewhere.

The waste had been dumped in a lay-by off Hewitt’s Avenue in February this year and included garden waste, tree cuttings, car parts, building materials, carpets, doors, a fridge, asbestos and loose domestic waste.

Investigating officers found a letter in the rubbish addressed to a motor repairs shop on Harold Street in Grimsby. Officers visited the repairs shop and Potterton identified himself as the owner.

“It was a disgusting mess and we won’t tolerate the illegal dumping of rubbish in North East Lincolnshire.”

Officers believed there to be a link between the rubble and asbestos found at the repairs shop and the rubbish found at the lay-by.

It cost North East Lincolnshire Council £6,075 to clear up and more than £5,000 to install temporary barriers to prevent more fly-tipping.

Potterton, who was already serving a custodial sentence at HMP Leeds for an unrelated offence, was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge.

Councillor Steve Beasant said: “The Hewitt’s Avenue fly-tip was a real eyesore on one of the main roads into Cleethorpes and hit the headlines earlier this year.

“It was a disgusting mess and we won’t tolerate the illegal dumping of rubbish in North East Lincolnshire.

“I hope this serves as a reminder that people should check the credentials of anyone offering to take their waste away for them, otherwise who knows where it will end up.”

A man was threatened with a knife, beaten and had his wallet stolen by a group of robbers in Gainsborough.

The theft happened on Pringle Hill in Gainsborough at 6.27pm on Sunday, December 16.

The victim was approached by three men who demanded his wallet and phone. He was then threatened with a knife, punched and kicked.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “The victim, a man in his 20s, had his wallet stolen by the offenders who are described as white, in their late teens to early twenties and all wearing hoodies.”

If you have any information about the incident, please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting reference 327 of December 16.

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