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Movie Map Is Guide to Britain in Film

December 02, 1990| Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports

If you're heading for Great Britain and wonder whether you'll be able to find the castle that Anthony Andrews called home in "Brideshead Revisited" or the jetty on which Meryl Streep pondered her future in "The French Lieutenant's Woman," wonder no more.

In a stroke of inspiration, the British Tourist Authority has published "The Movie Map," a free pamphlet that lists the various locations where 75 popular film and television programs have been filmed over the past half-century.

The map, which covers England, Scotland and Wales, pinpoints the locations of each film or TV show, and is accompanied by a brief description. Included are such films as "Brighton Rock" (filmed in Brighton, not surprisingly) and "Chariots of Fire" (Cambridge, Eton and Bebington), and television programs from "Upstairs Downstairs" (165 Eaton Place, London SW1) to "Rumpole of the Bailey" (Lincoln's Inn and the Old Bailey Law Courts, in London).

The Movie Map also suggests touring itineraries to follow based on either romantic programs, historical dramas, the classics or murder, mystery and suspense. Also included is information on the Museum of the Moving Image in London and the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford.

Oh, yes, for those still wondering, "Brideshead Revisited" was shot in Oxford at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire and Tatton Park in Knutsford. "The French Lieutenant's Woman" was filmed on location at Lyme Regis in Dorset and Kingswear, Devon.

For a free copy of the pamphlet, write to the British Tourist Authority, 350 S. Figueroa St., Suite 450, Los Angeles 90071, or call (213) 628-3525.

Travel Quiz: With an average of 463 inches of rain per year, it is the wettest spot on Earth. Where is it?

Alaska and Beyond: Those of an adventurous mind might be attracted by a service to be pioneered by Alaska Airlines next summer. For 10 weeks, starting June 17, the airline will offer three flights a week from Anchorage across the Bering Sea to the Soviet Far East.

The flights will touch down at Magadan, 4 1/2 hours by air from Anchorage, and Kharbarovsk, another two hours distant. Both are popular hunting and fishing spots among the Soviets, according to the airline, which will arrange package tours as well as individual travel.

Papua New Guinea by Freighter: Columbus Line has announced a new passenger service from Hong Kong to Papua New Guinea, with stops in Singapore and Indonesia. The round trip of about 32 days includes calls at such ports as Jakarta and Surabuya, Indonesia, and Port Moresby, Lae, Rabaul and Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. The ships, which carry up to 10 passengers, have German officers and a Samoan crew.

Quick Fact: More than 50% of the world's marbles are manufactured in Clarkesburg, W.Va.

Childhood Memories: For those interested in showing their children what life was like when they themselves were young, the Smithsonian Institution has put together a memorable exhibit that will remain on display until April.

"This Is Your Childhood, Charlie Brown: Children and American Culture 1945-1968," is composed of more than 525 artifacts and graphics, including such wonders as a Davy Crockett coonskin cap, an Easy-Bake toy oven and other toys from the Cold War era.

Excerpts from 1950s classroom films, "Peanuts" television specials and other visual material also will be shown on three video stations that are part of the exhibit, which is the first stage of a long-term project by the Institution to document everyday life in the mid-20th Century.

Something Fishy: The new Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi lured more than 250,000 visitors during its first two months of operation this fall.

The aquarium offers several educational programs including family trips to the marshlands and endangered sea turtle habitat on Mustang Island.

Quick Fact: At least 10 million people are celebrating a birthday today.

New Airline: The South Korean government has granted permission for the nation's second carrier, Asiana Airlines, to join Korean Airlines in providing service to the United States and 18 Asian capitals. Destination cities in the United States have not yet been determined.

Irish-American Museum: The Irish American Heritage Museum, which opened its doors last June on Route 145 in East Durham, N.Y., is seeking help to tell the story of the Irish in America. Those interested in donating items or wanting additional information can contact Thomas Harrington, the museum's director, at 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, N.Y.

Quick Fact: An average of 2,712 square feet of the world's rain forests are destroyed every minute.

Quiz Answer: Tutunendo, Colombia.

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