Only Simon Nye, the writer and creator of our beloved HDYWM!!! He's so lovely and seemed really touched that it still had a fanbase. I originally emailed his agent to ask if someone could ask him if he happened to remember which pub was used during the filming and a few hours later the man himself replied! If you've got any questions about the show, now is your chance. Let me know and I'll ask him. I've copied and pasted our conversation so far below.
Thank you - really nice to know someone's interested in our show, which I feel particularly fondly about.
I can't help you with those questions, I'm afraid - like many writers I tended to turn up on location only occasionally, mainly at mealtimes. But I've forwarded your email to the lovely producer Margot Gavan Duffy who may know. I'm happy to fill in other details.
Thanks for getting back to me.
I'm a huge Dylan fan, which is how I discovered HDYWM (as it's known among it's fans, of which it has many, believe me!) I watched a couple of downloaded episodes but liked it so much I bought both series on DVD! On one of the Dylan fansites/forums it has it's own section, which is quite an honour because the only other one of Dylan's 'things' to have it's own section is Black Books, which is of course, Dylan's own creation. So that should give you an idea of how popular it is!
Anyway, on that site it mentioned where it was filmed, so a friend from the forum came down from Manchester (I live in East Kent) and we went to Cookham to see the place it was filmed. Beforehand I'd had a few email conversations with various people, including the daughter of the owners of the farmhouse, and amazingly enough, they allowed us to look round the farm and in the house itself and take photos. The only changes they'd made in the 12 years since filming was the colour of the kitchen!
So, we photographed the exact spot and stool where Ian ate the cake after falling through the barn roof, among others, as well as the school, the library, the goal post he got tied up in, and through some pretty crafty detective work, the photograph studio! That involved a print off of a tour of Cookham showing 'Cookham Arcade' and the DVD showing Dylan walking past what we recognised as it, and turning left to go to his studio. Once we were there we found Cookham Arcade and there was the turn off. Imagine our faces when we drove in and found the 'studio' was not only still there, but the same colour too! Needless to say we photographed that as well. And yes, we are not ashamed to admit, we even did the little dance along the kerb outside it! =D
Out of the main places used during filming, the only ones we didn't find was the pub and the cottage. But then they weren't so easy, being that there are loads of pubs in Cookham and I believe, looking at the cottage, it was one of a few 'farm cottages' that often are only accessible through a private driveway as they used to be attached to the main farmhouse. I grew up in the country and lived in one just like it. So that would make it harder to find.
Our other only disappointment was not finding a chicken on the farm to photograph and tell it that all the other animals laughed at it! lol
It must be nice to know that 10 years after its original airing, it still has a massive fanbase, many of whom were the same age as the school children from Lisa's class at the time the series was made!
The only question I can really think of at the moment, although I'm sure the others will come up with some, is: there is a rumour that there was supposed to have been a 3rd series but it didn't happen because of Charlotte Coleman's tragic death. Is that true? Some people have even written a prediction of what might have happened. I think there are quite a few people who would loved to have seen more.
Oh, and of course, it has to asked, did you get to know Dylan and what was he like? (because they'll string me up if I don't ask that one!)
Anyway, thanks for replying, and I'm sure I speak for all it's fans by saying, thanks for writing the show. It's given us lots of laughs, lots of ahhs and inspired quite a few discussions on how best to deal with that old man!
All the best,
Claire (and the Jam Mafia, aka Dylan's fans)