Calendar Girls

Date: 2003
Director: Nigel Cole
Production Company: Touchstone Pictures, Harbour Pictures, Buena Vista

Stars: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton
Location(s): Buckinghamshire, London, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, California (USA)

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Storyline:

A Women’s Institute chapter’s fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

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Best friends Annie Clarke (Julie Walters) and Chris Harper (Helen Mirren) discuss volunteering their husbands to speak at the Knapely Women's Institute.

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Annie brings drinks to the greenhouse where her husband John is being persuaded to lecture by Chris. Cam Lodge, Kettlewell, North Yorkshire.

A pair of cyclists speed past as Chris walks home through Knapely. Kettlewell, North Yorkshire with the bridge over Kettlewell Beck in the foreground.

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Steven Ridgley send this shot of the same location...... with added signpost! (RL)

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Chris passes her husband's flower business.

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Rod Harper (Ciarán Hinds) loads flowers into his van as his wife enters the house opposite.

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The day of Kilnsey Show, where Chris wins a trophy for a cake she bought in Marks & Spencer's. Burnsall between Grassington and Appletreewick, North Yorkshire. The location was seen in 'A Boy, a Girl and a Bike'.

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Annie and John Clarke (John Alderton) enjoy the prize-winning cake. Burnsall in the Craven District of North Yorkshire.

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Chris tells her friends that she's going to be asked to do a master class at the WI. The Wharfedale village of Burnsall.

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The two couples talk as the shadows lengthen. The bridge carries the Dalesway over the River Wharfe in Burnsall.

Members gather for the regular Knapely Women's Institute meeting. The Village Hall on Middle Lane in Kettlewell.

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Steven Ridgley captures the Village Hall with less activity. (RL)

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After John dies from leukaemia, his prepared talk is read out at the WI meeting. Kettlewell, North Yorkshire.

Jem Harper (John-Paul Macleod) is taken to get his bike fixed by his mother after he ran into a gate on his paper round. The Garage, Kettlewell on the B6160.

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Unfortunately for Steven, but far from uncommon, parked cars prevented him capturing the correct angle. (RL)

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As Ted (Ted Robbins) looks over the bike, Chris notices a 'topless' calendar on the wall and asks if she can borrow it.

Celia (Celia Imrie), Cora (Linda Bassett), Jessie (Annette Crosbie), Ruth Reynoldson (Penelope Wilton) walk back to the village after their regular t'ai chi session. The bridge over Kettlewell Beck on Far Lane in Kettlewell.

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The bridge captured by Steven Ridgley on a quieter moment. (RL)

Facing Scabbate Gate from the junction of The Green and Far Lane.

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Steven found that same place. (RL)

The women ask Chris how Annie is. The Green, Kettlewell with St Mary's Church tower on the background.

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And Steven visited the same spot, now with "white van". (RL)

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Jem Harper and his mate Gaz leave school at the end of lessons.

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The two friends catch the bus towards home.

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A Salesman (Darren Southworth) walks in whilst Chris outlines her plan for a nude calendar to raise money for the hospital and buy a sofa in John's name. Through the window can be seen a branch of 'Snappy Snaps'.

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Jem begins to worry about his mother and talks with Gaz (Marc Pickering). Cow and Calf rocks near Ilkley, West Yorkshire with the buildings of Ben Rhydding in the distance.

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After the women have a go at taking the required pictures themselves, Chris picks up the photographs from giggling assistants at the chemist. Looking out onto the Market Place from 'Boots' on Church Street, Settle in North Yorkshire.

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When professional help is sought, Photographer (Angus Barnett) walks away disgusted at the idea.

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Chris and Ruth talk as they leave the butcher's shop. Market Place in Settle.

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Ruth has reservations about appearing in the calendar. Market Place in Settle, North Yorkshire with Church Street in the background.

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More members of the WI are recruited.

Daily life goes on as the women prepare themselves for the shoot. Through the window is the junction of Middle Lane and Far Lane in Kettlewell.

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Steven captures the scene from outside the shop. (RL)

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The women head into the village as their husbands congregate at the local pub.

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May (Angela Curran) trails behind as the women go to Celia's house for the shoot. The interiors were filmed at White Abbey, Linton, North Yorkshire.

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After a successful session, the pictures are approved and a printer is found.

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Annie and Chris approach the National Federation of Women's Institutes after Marie, the local branch chairwoman, refuses to sanction the calendar. The view from Methodist Central Hall, Westminster SW1 with Broad Sanctuary down to the right.

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The pair plead their case. The interior of Methodist Central Hall, Storey's Gate, London SW1.

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Following publication of the calendar, the press are invited to a launch party. The Tennant Arms on the B6160 as it runs through Kilnsey, North Yorkshire.

The following morning dawns and the Postman (Roy Harrison) walks his round. Kettlewell, North Yorkshire with the Blue Bell Inn on the corner of Far Lane to the right.

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The Blue Bell Inn keeps featuring, I hope Steven took advantage of its services. (RL)

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Moments later, the roads are filled with vehicles as television crews converge on the village. the The Racehorses Hotel stands to the left as Kettlewell Beck flows in the foreground.

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Trudy (Rosalind March) is interviewed.

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Annie is filmed and photographed.

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Journalists follow Jessie to Chris' house.

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After seeing his wife's story in the newspaper, Ruth's husband returns home from a conference.

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Eddie drives away after collecting some belongings.

Chris tells the girls that she's been contacted by a Hollywood studio to appear on a show. Outside Kettlewell Village Hall on Middle Lane.

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To conclude his visit to Kettlewell Steven captured the same scene but with "the girls" on that seat. (RL)

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A drunken Gaz and Jem smoke weed when two policeman come along and take them to the police station.

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Ruth travels to llkley to confront her husband. Then the Ramada Hotel, now a Hilton Hotel on the corner of Creffield Road and Hanger Lane in Ealing, London W5.

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The girls arrive in the states, leaving Chris behind.

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A limo meets the celebrities and takes them to the luxury hotel provided by the television company.

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Celia and Ruth enjoy the ride. Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.

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The car arrives at the hotel where the girls are welcomed to Los Angeles. The Fairmont-Miramar Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, California.

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As Larry (Patton Oswalt) the Limousine driver takes a group photo, Chris turns up after finding that her husband has spoken to the press. Outside the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica 90401.

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Queues form outside shops as the girls sign calendars.

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An evening photo session takes place on the beach. In the background stands Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California 90401. The Ferris wheel was seen from a different angle in 'Bean'.

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The Calendar Girls arrive at the studio to appear on The Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno.

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Stress begins to show and Annie walks out before filming an advertisement for their US sponsors.

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It's not a real street that the pair walk on to, just a lot at the studio.

The now famous women from Knapely return home. Middle Lane in Kettlewell.

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Steve Ridgley also went the other side of the wall to capture this for RS. (RL)

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Chris and Rod walk through the village. Kettlewell, North Yorkshire.

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The two old friends laugh about a man coming to the WI with his tea towel collection. Looking towards Holloway Lane in School Lane, Turville, Buckinghamshire. The location was used in 'Goodnight Mister Tom'.

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