REMEMBER when Worcester's Hopmarket was used to film a major BBC crime series?

Today's photo from the archives of the Worcester News dates from September 1996, when the Hopmarket, off Foregate Street, was used to film a scene for the BBC’s detective series Dalziel and Pascoe. 

As well as filming in the courtyard, the programme-makers filmed a scene in the Natural Break cafe, which featured the actors Susanna Corbett and Navin Chowdhry.

Do you remember the day it was filmed?

Worcester and its surrounding areas have been used on a number of occasions to film the show.

In 2004, Castle Street was used for an episode, with film crews setting up shop for an episode in which Pascoe had a car crash and was hospitalised.

A team of about 50 crew and 30 cast was on location in the city to film the episode, which aired in 2005.

In 2007, Witley Court appeared in the show. This episode was about a celebrated hypnotist and illusionist, played by Richard E Grant.

The Witley Court scenes were shot in a story about a derelict Victorian country house and a bizarre murder, with a Derren Brown-style mind-control experiment.

Mark Badger, head of visitor operations at Witley Court at the time, said: "It was quite a change for Witley Court to be featured in a drama series.

"We've featured on Songs of Praise and the Antiques Roadshow before but this episode uses the haunting ruins of Witley Court as the backdrop to a story about a Hallowe'en murder, hypnotism and the paranormal."