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Manx Films on TV 21 December 2004

Three Isle of Man made productions will be screening on terrestrial TV during the Christmas and New Year period.

The Final Quest, starring David Jason, Hywel Bennett and Roy Hudd is screening on ITV1 at 9pm on Monday 27th December, and is the follow up previous dramas The Quest and The Quest II, the latter production also being shot on the Island. Once again, the story takes the three old boys back to their rock 'n' roll years, gleefully recounting their teenage musical hopes and sexual longings. The Final Quest was filmed on the Island in June this year.

I Capture The Castle starring Romola Garai (who received an award for Best Newcomer for this film) is to be screened on BBC2 at 6.10pm on Tuesday 28th December. It is based on the novel of the same name by '101 Dalmations' author Dodie Smith. The production was filmed mainly in Castletown and Peel in 2001. The Daily Mail once described it as 'the most enchanting British movie since Billy Elliot'.

Tom Brown's Schooldays starring Stephen Fry is due to be screened on ITV1 on New Years Day at 9.00pm. The production was filmed on the Island in May this year. The production follows the novel by Thomas Hughes, which chronicles the trials and tribulations of young Tom Brown at Rugby School. In particular, the story focuses on Tom's relationships with notorious bully Flashman and the kindly headmaster Thomas Arnold.

The Minister for the Department of Trade & Industry, Alex Downie said:

"This is a great opportunity for local people to watch productions that have been made on the Island. 2004 has been an exceptionally busy year for film production and 2005 is shaping up the same. The quality and calibre of productions now associated with the Isle of Man is generating much positive exposure for the Island and its people.

"So far this year we have welcomed Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ralph Fiennes, Sean Bean and many other top actors to our shores. We are working on a number of significant projects for 2005 and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the Island's production industry."

Meanwhile, filming on Guy Ritchie's gangster film Revolver, is coming to a close and the crew are making their way home for Christmas.

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