Fans of cult TV dramas Game of Thrones, Dr Who, and Sherlock had a chance to spy actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss when he descended on Beverley this morning.
The British creative, who wrote some of the episodes in sci-fi favourite Dr Who and also played Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, in the recent TV adaptation, was among the cast members filming at Beverley Minster for the BBC’s latest period drama, Gunpowder.
The drama about the Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up parliament is being filmed in the town for the next couple of days.
And while fans won’t have a chance to glimpse the three-part drama’s main star, Kit Harrington – who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones – they will have a chance to spot Sherlock’s Simon Kunz, who has also appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Parent Trap.
Gunpowder production designer Grant Montgomery, who has also worked in the recent drama surrounding the lives of the Bronte sisters and Death Comes To Pemberley, said Beverley Minister was the “best place” for the scene they are shooting for the show after York Minister did not quite fit the bill.
“I came to Beverley to shoot Death Comes To Pemberley and it was beautiful, so I had it in my head to come back,” said Grant, who lives near Skipton.
“When I read the script I thought, I’ll go to York, I’ll go to Ripon and I’ll come to Beverley. I went around all of them and I chose Beverley. It’s really beautiful to shoot it and great to work in.”
Part of what the Minster is being used for is the setting of a feast scene.
“Will people recognise it? Some of it yes and some of it no,” said Grant. “We’ve created a feast of what food would have been eaten in the Jacobean period.
“King James I loved his food, he was particularly well known for eating a lot and was known as a very messy eater. It’s all ox heads, a lot of birds, there’s fish dishes and there’s a hedgehog.
“It’s all dressed inside the minster along several tables – it’s very heavily dressed. We’re using the central room as the state rooms and the privvy council are in a smaller area. This location is very important to the production, it keeps coming back to show the King’s world.”
Some of the crowd watching cast members strolling in and out of the Minster dressed in their Jacobean fineries had been waiting since 8am.
“I got here just before 8am to hopefully see Kit,” said Lisa Tissington, 48, of Bransholme. “I’m involved in amateur dramatics so it’s nice to see fellow artists and I always wanted to know what they do when they’re filming these period dramas.
“So far I’ve seen a few extras go in and out and they’ve been setting up a new load of lighting, but I’m here to get my picture of Kit.”
Rebecca Margherita, a student studying translation at the University of Hull, had come to Beverley to see what was going on.
She said: “We didn’t have class this morning so we thought we would wake up early to come here and see Kit. We have been here since 9am and we have seen a lot of actors dressed up and it is very interesting to see it all.”
With a release date yet to be announced, this fast-paced 17th century thriller delves into the history behind the plot evolution, the selection of the team to carry it out, the gathering of the resources, and the obstacles they came up against.
Source: Hull Daily Mail