By People Staff
March 25, 1996 12:00 PM

by Brian Pendreigh

You can plan vacations around visits to Great Britain’s cathedrals, castles, museums and, now, its movie locations, thanks to journalist Brian Pendreigh’s guide to movies made in Britain and Ireland. From Alfie to Zardoz, the author not only describes where more than 200 films have been shot during the last six decades (that was Crowcombe Station where the Beatles, in A Hard Day’s Night, ran alongside a train begging a haughty passenger to return their ball) but also offers plenty of movie-set trivia. (Patti Boyd, George Harrison’s future wife, was among the young actresses playing schoolgirls on that train.)

It is too bad that the illustrations do not measure up to the reportage. On Location relies almost exclusively on dozens of black-and-white—often muddy-gray—publicity stills. If as much labor had gone into the picture hunting as it did into the fact gathering, then this book might well have wound up being a really definitive work. (Mainstream, $29.95)