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New owner of 'Crow Crag' is holding open-air screenings with live music next month. Sprinkling the Guardian Northerner with quotes from the script, John Appleby reports

Fans of the 1987 cult classic Withnail and I are preparing for a 'splendid weekend in the country', somewhat along the lines of the film's plot. Two outdoor screenings of Withnail will be staged in the courtyard at Sleddale Hall near Shap, the ramshackle farmhouse which stood in for Uncle Monty's 'Crow Crag' country retreat.

The post-film history of Sleddale Hall could almost be turned into a film in itself. Owned until recently by United Utilities, the remote 18th century farmhouse had seen plans for its redevelopment regularly put on the table by the company, only for them to return to the drawing board after failing to win support from Eden district council. Uninhabited since the filming, Sleddale slowly fell into dereliction as ironically, the »

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