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Pet dog's cop role as German TV crew films in Penryn
4:30pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
Penryn could be in for a mini tourist boom if German fans of Rosamunde Pilcher spot the town in a new made for TV film.
The town played host to a German TV production company recently, with the town council’s offices becoming ‘Maddox’ police station for the day.
The crew also filmed internal scenes at Tremough House and took external shots of the town’s main street.
Cornwall has long been a popular spot with German tourists keen on the award winning novelist after dramas based on her books started appearing on TV in the country during the 1980’s.
Town clerk in Penryn Michelle Davey said: “They were really impressed at the look of Penryn and hopefully it will inspire people to come and have a closer look when they visit the area.”
The conversion of he town council offices into a fictional police station, did however causes a little confusion with some local residents, with one lady asking why it was being converted as they had a perfectly good one nearby.
Another even popped in to ask to speak to a constable.
But for one visitor there a chance for a little fame, if not fortune.
A passing dog owner popped her head in to see what all the fuss was about, and on the spot the German production team decided to use her German Shepherd Pheobe as a police dog extra.
Miss Davey added the crew were fantastic, returning everything to how it was before they started.
In 2012, VisitBritain reported a 14 per cent increase in German visitors to the southwest at a time when German tourist visits to the UK as a whole grew by one per cent.
Pilcher, who turns 79 in September and retired from writing in 2000, is celebrated in Germany for her romantic stories and dynastic tales that span generations to reveal the intrigues and romance of life in the second half of the twentieth century.
Pilcher’s literary career spanned six decades: her first novels, written under the nom de plume Jane Fraser, were published as Mills & Boon romances but by the mid-1960s Pilcher’s own name appeared on book jackets.
Success in Germany grew from when several of her novels were adapted into Sunday night series by TV channel ZDF, filmed on location in Cornwall in German starring German actors.
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