I’ve found photos of Haldane’s cottage on estate agents Zoe Napier‘s website. The property is called Miranda Cottage, and was last sold in 2020.
Description (from Zoe Napier website).
BACKGROUNDANDHISTORY A charming three-bedroom waterside cottage with a wealth of history and character, dating back to 18th Century, albeit not listed. The property was originally one of the six historical public houses in Heybridge named the ‘Chelmer Brigg’ and more recently owned by the same family for the past 50 years. ‘Miranda Cottage’ now forms part of a row of cottages down by the lock, having a defining weather boarded front façade with rear elevations providing accommodation behind the line of its neighbouring properties, known as a flying freehold. Another great benefit to this property is the two part cellar with power, plumbing and lighting and to the rear, the property benefits from having parking and a garage, together with additional permit parking adjacent to the lock.
SETTINGANDLOCATION The property is situated in an enviable location, adjacent to the Chelmer & Blackwater Canal Lock with its traditional Towpath at the mouth of the Canal which flows into the Blackwater Estuary. A popular coastal & waterside destination with views across the estuary from the property, allows for immediate walks alongside the canal and along the sea wall with numerous places to rest and enjoy the surroundings, together with a choice of pubs and Tea Rooms for refreshment. The village is also home to the Blackwater Sailing Club with the river being an active hub for boats and yachts of varying sizes, together with holiday barges enjoying the canal. Across the water from Heybridge is Northey Island which is run and owned by the National Trust, being accessible from Maldon at Low tide. The Essex Coast Path passes the property and continues east to Goldhanger and the marshes at Tollesbury and to the west is Maldon and beyond on to The Dengie Hundred.
Local amenities can be found in Heybridge for day to day needs with a further choice of larger supermarkets and shops found 3 miles from the property in the Maritime town of Maldon. Heybridge has its own primary school with Maldon offering both primary and secondary education. The nearest rail station is at Witham with train journey times into London being approximately 45 minutes.
I emailed the BBC’s written archives department in Reading this week to enquire whether I could visit and view any documents related to the series in their archives. I was specifically looking for records of call sheets, filming locations, anything that may have any details that would help in my quest to find the locations from the series.
I received a letter today that unfortunately, the BBC had not retained any production files for the series.
I still have a couple of other avenues to follow. I’m contacting the Greek Film Centre to see if they have any documentation, and would also like to find the whereabouts of the Greek Production Manager, Petros Raptes (or Raptis) to ask him questions related to the series (if indeed he is still with us). There are other production staff whose names are in the credits and IMDB – Andrew Morgan, Michael McDermott and Colin Dudley.
When looking for this location, I found that the town of Neapoli itself was too low against the mountains compared to some of the scenes of the house. However, after finding the right elevation in Street View, I could work out the general area that the crew would’ve filmed from.
It was clear that the general area was Vryses. Scanning the streets, I couldn’t see anything similar using Google Maps around the town so I decided to check the more famous landmarks – it was evident that the series was also used as a tourism vehicle so it did use quite a few famous places (Gorges, Churches and so on).
On checking photos of the Monastery of Kremasta, it looks like the archway we see every time in the series is still there.
Notice the same details in the Tripadvisor photo below. The style of archway, the telegraph pole and the door to the right are all still there.
In other episodes however, it looks as though another location was used for Katerina’s house. Looking at pictures of the Monastery, there are so many other archways and steps there that I assume they just used another area of the Monastery itself, but would require a visit in person to be sure.
At the beginning of episode 6, Haldane and Annika are driving on the Elounda to Fourni road. They find Bernard Kingsley / Duncan Neve lying injured on the floor next to his truck. The road has been found – check out the episode 6 page for more information.
I actually found this location completely by chance. I was actually looking for the two locations of the scenes where the Police cars are driving to the funeral in Dafnai (Fourni). This location was on what I believed to be the same road.
I started to document the route and sequence of the drive from Annika’s to the crash site. I think I’ve found pretty much nearly all of the route now which is one of the key sequences of the whole series. Check it out on the Episode 7 page, it’s pretty thorough.
When Haldane is shot by Noukakis at the end, and is transported to hospital, the exterior entrance is shown. I found a YouTube video of the old exterior of the Venizeleio Hospital in Heraklion (near to Knossos). Check out the Episode 8 page for more information.