Mu­seum ‘stars’ in BBC com­edy

Me­dieval barn takes cen­tre stage

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­

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.


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