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Prince Charles provided exclusive access to the royal lands that have belonged to successive Princes of Wales for 700 years in this moving and candid documentary.

​BBC Studios for ITV1

Jo Clinton-Davis

Directed by Charlie Clay


If Carlsberg did drone shoots...
by toby pocock

Over the last 10 years, we have filmed all sorts of amazing things and people in some equally amazing locations. But when I got the call from Charlie Clay (Director/Producer) telling me he wanted us to shoot aerial sequences for a documentary about the Duchy of Cornwall's estate, I knew it was going to be a bit more special than usual.

Even though we had "landowners permission" Charlie set about getting all the sign-offs including Dartmoor Prison. We only had 3 day window to shoot, so the weather needed to play ball. Which it did, eventually.

On the shot list were Poundbury, Nansledan, Restormel Castle, and Prince Charles's personal holiday cottage (which I was amazed to see you could rent - though I don't think it is on Airbnb!). We got to film all over Dartmoor, including Dartmoor Prison, which was an eerie experience filming in Wuthering Heights conditions. Even though we had permission to fly it still felt stressful and that we were doing something wrong! We moved on to warmer climates filming from mountainous scenes to coastal waters.

We shot from 3.30am to 9pm over 3 days and had to cover a lot of miles! having had a really nervy time with the weather, we were blessed with a couple of incredible sunrises and morning mists, especially as our alarm call was at 2:45 AM, but it was worth it. The majority of shots we got on the final morning. 

All those involved were delighted with the results. In addition to the finished program, our sequences were featured heavily in the promotional trailers aired on ITV. Above is a small sample of what we filmed.

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