June 19, 2009

Like the more famous TV series before it, the 2008 British film of Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 Novel Brideshead Revisited was shot on location at Castle Howard north of York.

Waugh’s novel is mostly about fleeting youth and Catholicism. Both TV series and Film are mostly about the flamboyant lifestyles of the British Aristocracy of the early 20th Century and tragically unfulfilled love.

The TV series made a star of Jeremy Irons but ultimately failed to do the same for Anthony Andrews ‚ oddly miscast as teddy bear wielding Sebastian Flyte, supposedly the handsomest youth in Oxford.

The Howard family was apparently eager to welcome film crews to the estate again ‚ hoping the film would renew interest in the property in the same way as the TV series before it. But a none-too stellar cast and mixed reviews may have limited this effect in practice.

All this, of course, will change with the triumphant arrival of Bankstone’s Monkey Moviestars convoy next month!

Over the weekend of the 11th and 12th July, a convoy of around a dozen monkey bikes will be setting off from the Bankstone offices in Brighouse to visit the locations of 10 well known films around Yorkshire.

There will be six stops on the Saturday including an overnight stop in Whitby and then four more sites on Sunday finishing back in Brighouse.

The sites are:

• The Piece Hall, Halifax ‚ Brassed Off
• Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley ‚ Calendar Girls
• Aysgarth Falls, Aysgarth ‚ Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
• The Golden Lion, Northallerton ‚ The Way to the Stars
• The World of James Herriot Museum, Thirsk ‚ All Creatures Great and Small
• Goathland Station, Goathland ‚ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
• Whitby Abbey, Whitby ‚ Dracula
• The Coffee Bean Cafè, Scarborough ‚ Little Voice
• Castle Howard, Near Norton, York ‚ Brideshead Revisited
• Leeds United Stadium, Elland Road, Leeds ‚ The Damned United

At each stop, the monkey bikers will be recreating a scene from the film concerned in costume.

If you would like to support this insane quest‚ and why would you not‚ visit www.justgiving.com/monkeymoviestars where you can also see a video of last year’s event and, of course, make a generous donation.

It’s all in support of a great cause. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance relies solely on the generosity of individuals and sponsors to help save lives across the region. It costs £7,200 a day to keep its two helicopters and highly trained paramedics in the air. Since the service was launched in October 2000 it has flown over 2,200 patients to hospitals across the region and saved many lives.



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