Some of Rochester’s most famous locations will feature in a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’unfinished last novel, Edwin Drood, to be screened on BBC2 this week.

Eastgate House, Minor Canon Row and Rochester Cathedral all feature in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a two-part psychological thriller about a provincial choirmaster’s obsession with a 17-year-old girl and the lengths he will go to attain her.

The BBC film crew visited Rochester in September to work on the production, which stars Matthew Rhys, Rory Kinnear, Freddie Fox, Tamzin Merchant, Alun Armstrong and Julia McKenzie. Filming also took place for a day at Horrid Hill, Riverside Country Park, Gillingham.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “It’s wonderful that Medway’s proud connections with Dickens will be showcased in this exciting new BBC drama – particularly at the start of a year of celebrations and events here to mark the bicentenary of his birth”.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be screened on Tuesday, 10 January at 9pm on BBC2, as part of the Dickens On The BBC season of programmes.

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