Six years ago, Ann Fenton (nee Middleditch who was born in 1931) wrote, ‘Another
point of interest, The film The Highwayman was filmed with Margaret Lockwood and
James Mason at the road running at the bottom of Poynders End and Temple Disney,
I think its the St Pauls Walden Road - my memory is getting fuzzy.’
In fact the film was called The Wicked Lady (1945), but it’s easy to see why Ann
was mistaken - it centres on a nobleman's wife who secretly becomes a highwayman
for the excitement. based on the legend of the novel The Life and Death of the Wicked
Lady Skelton by Magdalen King-Hall, which in turn, was based upon the (disputed)
events surrounding the life of Lady Katherine Ferrers, the wife of the major landowner
in Markyate, Hertfordshire. Released in 1945, the movie attracted one of the biggest
audiences ever for a film of its period - 18.4 million.
The full film is available on YouTube (Link: The Wicked Lady) and what follows is
a suggestion of the scene that may have been filmed near Preston.
Survivors (1977) - The Peacemaker
Between 1975 and 1977, the BBC screened Survivors - a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic drama
of three series depicting the plight of a group who had survived being wiped out
by a global plague.
The Peacemaker (Series 3; Episode 7) was partly set in the then-derelict Temple Farm,
a short distance south-west of Temple Dinsley (Link: Temple Farm). Below are some
stills from the programme which are helpful in that they portray how the farm was
Foyles War (2004) - The French Drop
This popular ITV series featured DCI Foyle (Michael Kitchen) investigations during
WW2. A minute’s worth of film for The French Drop (Series 3; Episode 1) was shot
at Preston Green in the Spring of 2004.
Set during February 1941, a local murder investigation sidetracks Foyle's endeavour
to pursue a position that would contribute more to the war effort. He is still itching
to make a greater contribution to the war effort and there is the possibility of
an appointment to Naval Intelligence in Liverpool. He and Sergeant Milner have to
investigate the death of a young man who died in an explosion. The body was badly
disfigured and the only thing they have to go on is the man's gold watch but they
believe him to be William Messinger, the son of Sir Giles Messinger. Foyle traces
Messinger jnr to a secret training school, Hill House, and determines that they're
dealing with deception and competition between military intelligence and the newly
formed Special Operations Executive.