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Book Four: A Grand ...
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- The Royal-



"The Royal" - The new prime time television drama series, a spin-off from the popular ITV drama series Heartbeat aired it's first episode on sunday evening 19th January 2003 and managed an audience of 11.3 million!

Set in the 1960's, The Royal was filmed on location in Scarborough, Whitby and the surrounding areas. The drama centres round the fictional St Aiden's Royal Free Hospital and a distinctive looking building on Holbeck Road, Scarborough, was used for the exterior shots of the building,while the interior shots are filmed in a studio in Bradford.

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Please note - any photographs we have got permission from Yorkshire Television to use them on our website - they are not copyright free, any website found using them will be reported to Yorkshire Television - thank you


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 view across Scarborough Bay

Viewers got a glimpse of the Royal - and Scarborough - in last Sunday's episode of Heartbeat, when the action switched to the cottage hospital. The filming of Heartbeat in and around Goathland has made the area a real draw for visitors and it seems that filming of The Royal is expected to attract more visitors to the seaside towns of Scarborough and Whitby.


  • MATRON (Wendy Craig)

  • DR DAVID CHERITON-  (Julian Ovenden)

  • DR GORDON ORMEROD-  (Robert Daws)

  • DR JILL WEATHERILL- (Amy Robbins)


  • TJ MIDDLEDITCH- (Ian Carmichael)

  • KEN HOPKIRK- (Michael Starke)


Theme Music:


Like 'Heartbeat', the 'Royal' has a catchy theme song. The band is called 'The Spencer Davis Group' and the track they sing 'Somebody Help Me' was a number one UK hit, released in March of 1966.


Directions to "The Royal"

  • Drive into Scarborough

  • Head towards the South Spa end

  • Drive under the bridge, follow the second exit on the left, up towards valley bridge

  • At the top,turn sharp left onto Belmont road

  • Follow the road

  • Keep a look out for the monument on your left

  • Opposite is the hospital (on Holbeck Road)

Thanks to Simon for all his hard work in finding out where The Royal is filmed

(c) J Penney & www.sykesssillysite.co.uk - copy this and I'll close your website down!

Photographs on this page (c) J. Penney & R .Sykes



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