History of the Village

Chalfont St Giles on Film


Paul Golding has kindly compiled these details of Chalfont St Giles appearing on the silver screen. Do you know of any other filming done in the village? If so, please email localbyemail@gmail.com.


No Smoking 1955

Reg is a scientist who invents a pill to cure smokers of their nicotine addiction. However, when he makes his discovery public, he encounters strong resistance from the tobacco industry. More on IMDB https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048427/


Big Job (1965)

Starring Sid James and Dick Emery amongst many others, the film starts off with a bank robbery which is shot in the village with the Crown pub being mocked up as a bank.


Dad's Army (1971)

Chalfont St Giles doubled as Walmington-on-sea in the 1971 big screen spin-off of the classic BBC comedy Series "Dad's Army".


The Sweeney (1978)

George Sewell makes a call from Chalfont St Giles in an episode of "The Sweeney" entitled "Bait", first aired on October 19th 1978 this is episode 7 of series


Hammer House of Horror (1980)

Hammer paid a visit to Chalfont St Giles in 1980 in the episode "Visitor from the Grave" which was part of their 13 episode run of TV horror specials filmed after the company had set up their studios at Hampden House, Great Hampden, Bucks. All episodes were filmed in the Buckinghamshire area but this particular one features Chalfont St Giles being haunted by a ghostly Stanley Lebor (Howard Hughes from Ever Decreasing Circles!!) driving a....ahem...white Range Rover....

Poor Kathryn Lee Scott is scared witless as "shot at close range" Stanley pulls up opposite "The Crown" pub while her husband Simon MacCorkindale (from 1983's "Manimal" TV series) is off galavanting around the village.


The Canterbury Tales: A Miller's Tale (2003)

The BBC's new take on the "The Canterbury Tales" meant a visit to Chalfont St Giles by James Nesbitt and Dennis Waterman for the episode "A Miller's Tale" in 2003. Click here for more details.


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Chalfont St. Giles appeared in several exterior shots as the village in the film, 'Poison Pen', starring Flora Robson.
It was made in 1939 by Associated British Pictures Corporation.