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Adrian Morris

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I can see Compo's house as always being a studio set. I think later on they had Clegg's house as a studio because if you looked 'outside' when the door was opened you could clearly see a fake backdrop. They must have used the house or done a fantastic job on the studio set because I remember seeing in one episode a dog running from left to right past Clegg's front door. I don't know if someone on this forum made a comment about it or it was in one of the books I read but it was one of the neighbour's dogs if I recall correctly.
There was at least one shot at the start of the episode that showed a long shot with Clegg and Truly looking over the landscape then a close up shot that was obviously a green screen.
Hello Sarkus,

I have not yet purchased or read Alan Bell's Book but I should maybe take the plunge. I was simply trying to contrast what the cost of filming in the actual location would be compared to building expensive sets in a studio , clearly the illness of some cast members in theend forced the hand of Alan Bell to use sets more than perhaps he wanted to .

As the series progressed and technical advances such as green screen became available then that would make a huge difference to how the show was put together . Does he go into detail regarding how much of the 31 series were filmed in a studio and how much is Holmfirth and the surrounding areas. I know its not unusual to mix location filming and studio work , Dad's Army et al , I guess I was trying to speculate if the sheer cost of Production had any say in the demise of the show ?


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I would say in the earlier days, each episode had to have a certain amount of studio footage in order for the audience to watch.

Of course, in later years, when the cast got older, more and more was shot on location to save the actors working in front of an audience. The shows shows were then shown to an audience, and the laughter dubbed on.

I think this is generally correct, please correct me where wrong.