Two-star stop

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.

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