Museum ‘stars’ in BBC comedy
Medieval barn takes centre stage
IT IS not often a building is remembered for its television appearances, but for one Bucks museum its name may be up in lights sooner than we think.
Fans of the new dark BBC comedy Inside Number 9, starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, may have recognised Chiltern Open Air Museum in the episode which aired on Thursday, April 9.
Called ‘The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge’, the episode was set in the museum’s medieval barn.
The story, set in the 17th century, featured a fictitious village called Little Happens and centred on the trial of a local woman from the village accused of witchcraft by her daughter and son in law.
The episode featured David Warner, who played the local justice and summoned two witch finders to their village to conduct a trial in the cottage to establish if Elizabeth Gadge was a witch.
Museum director Sue Shave said: “The BBC loved our medieval barn as a unique location and their design department created an amazing interior for a 17th century cottage, transforming the barn into a large period cottage as seen in the episode.
“Not only that, but our horseman Robert Mackenzie and his horse Joshua also starred very briefly at the beginning of the episode as extras in the external establishing shot, when the witch finders arrive at the cottage.
“We are delighted that our unique barn has played host as location for this popular dark comedy and that the BBC were so pleased with the final results.”
The filming took six days to complete for the half-hour episode and the final result shows off the curved cruck beams and woven wattle walls in every scene.
Chiltern Open Air Museum is a popular location for filming, having provided many locations for the new series of Drunk History, being shown on Comedy Central at the moment.