E.tv sitcom B&B is shot in an existing bed-and-breakfast, but the propmaster was given the task of making the place look like an old tourist spot. Did they get it right?
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The bed-and-breakfast seen in local sitcom B&B (2015- current) is an actual guesthouse that’s located in Joburg – Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse in Melville. Most scenes filmed in B&B take place in the kitchen, dining room or in the spa area. Propmaster Keke Lithebe takes us through the set and explains how he and his team decorated the existing bed-and-breakfast so that it looks completely unrecognisable on TV. Says Keke, “It took my team three weeks to create what you see on the set. Everything is real, works and is made from scratch.”
“The dining room is simple,” explains B&B prop
master Keke Lithebe, “because this is where most of the scenes are shot. The African theme runs throughout the room with the elephant placemats, the bright colours and the wall hangings and paintings.” While most of the cushions, placemats and small ornaments were bought, the paintings and furniture were rented.
“There is a scene where Boss (Siphiwe Hlabangane) runs into financial trouble [in episode 9 on 29 August], so he needs to make quick cash. He decides to play poker and invites the guests to join and he rushes to make a casino-style poker table with a tomato crate,” says Keke. The crate was covered with black felt fabric and raised on bricks. The only thing real was
the pack of playing cards.