Rappville just a Heartbeat away from fame

LIGHTS, camera, action ... in Rappville!

Producers of the long-running British TV series Heartbeat have chosen the small town - which is home to around 140 people - to film part of two episodes.

Heartbeat premiered in 1992 and is set in the fictional village of Aidensfield during the 1960s.

Plotlines are based on the Constable books by Nicholas Rhea and fans across the world have watched weekly plotlines involving London policeman Nick Rowan and his doctor wife Kate.

In 2001 the show had a peak audience of 13.82 million.

Location manager for the show, Mike McLean, said the production team had considered many locations before choosing Rappville for the shoot, and were actually sitting in a Casino pub when someone saw a photo of the Commercial Hotel in Rappville.

Mr McLean hosted a barbecue at the hotel on Sunday to inform locals about the shoot, and said most people were excited about the crew coming to town.

“There were a few people concerned about road closures, but roads will only be closed for around two minutes at a time while we film,” he said.

Most filming for the show has taken place in Goathland, a small Yorkshire village.

However, a plotline involving policeman in Aidensfield following a murder mystery brings them to Australia and the town of Rappville.

Since filming began in Goathland it has been transformed from a quiet town to one visited by busloads of fans.

While Rappville may not transform as dramatically following its brief connection with the show, 60 crew arriving in the first week of September will increase the town's population by almost half, and add around $100,000 to the area's economy.

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