Back in the autumn we were doing a few filming jobs – a couple of days for Horrible Histories ( not released yet, I think) and a bit for the BBC – filming the procession in Hampton Court.
There were close to 100 people in the procession and the task of sorting out the costumes was managed, very aptly, by Ninya Perry ( Tudor Tailor – rings a bell? 🙂 ) and her team. She talks about sourcing the costumes in her feature for the BBC here. It was a mammoth job, but the results were stunning!
Apart from the volunteers there was also a cluster of re-enactors, usually wearing their own kit ) I was wearing my old Tudor frockage in cream silk brocade and silk kirtle,all handstitched ( more on than and how to make your own here) – and I must say it is with the relief that I realized that I actually still fitted into it! I had a role of the train bearer – so following Lady Mary like a shadow…..
Lucas was one of the canopy bearers, and Darren from the Tudor Roses, whose outfits i made as well, had a prominent role too, looking resplendent in his new clothes of red wool – and he was kind enough to hire out the previous outfit I made him, in black wool.
The filming was – well , regular thing, comparing with other experience it was actually very well organized – yes, there was sitting around and waiting, and yes, we were repeating the same scene a few times, but mostly the work progressed smoothly – and it was a pleasure to actually meet David Starkey, whom I have always greatly admired.
In short – it was a good 8 hours work, but in good company, doing useful things – and we were fed well too 🙂
And the finished programme can be seen d=for the next few weeks on Iplayer –
and a few behind the scene photos below:-) enjoy the feature, lots of interesting things there!