To The Manor Born

A few weeks ago we found ourselves back at the Lemonade Factory Studios in Battersea, awaiting the arrival of Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles. We were briefed to shoot the pre-publicity image for a revival of Sheridan’s satire “The Rivals” at the Theatre Royal Bath http://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/. I shot Peter last year for “The Browning Version” and he is the very essence of charm, but we’d not worked with Penelope before. The pair had not appeared together since the final Christmas special of “To The Manor Born” in 2007, so we had no idea if the old chemistry between Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton and Richard DeVere was still alive. Needless to say we weren’t disappointed. Penny is the very essence of her on-screen character and I spent a lot of time with her in make-up discussing everything from the appalling state of Surrey’s roads to the benefits of rail travel for pensioners ! The shoot itself positively flew by and we had everything canned and finals approved within an hour of shooting the first frame. True professionals – and a joy to work with !