Monday, 21 February 2011

The Legend of Dick and Dom comes to Berkeley Castle

Children’s BBC have been filming at the historic location of Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire for series two and three of the popular children’s TV programme – The Legend of Dick and Dom.

Invading the impressive mediaeval walls of Berkeley Castle, the BBC crew will be filming until Friday 2nd October. 
The Legend of Dick and Dom is a mediaeval period comedy shown on BBC1 and CBBC, featuring Brian Blessed as the King. 
Dick (Richard McCourt) and Dom (Dominic Wood) are two useless young princes who have accidentally destroyed the only cure to a ghastly plague rampaging through their kingdom of Fyredor.  The series follows the young princes on their quest to recapture the vital ingredients to the magical cure that will save their people. They are accompanied by their servants Lutin (Chloe Bale), who is an escaped thief, and Mannitol (Steve Furst), a hopelessly inept wizard.  
The location manager, David Colenutt, scoured England for the perfect setting for the new series and chose the unique site of Berkeley Castle due to its untouched mediaeval charm. David said:
“I knew the castle would be the best location for us. It has captured our imagination with its endless possibilities.”
The castle’s Inner Bailey has become a spectacular mediaeval market place, decorated with huts and traders’ stalls. Fruit and vegetables are temptingly displayed, and rabbits and pheasants hang from beams, but Dick and Dom have to find out whether the secret ingredients to the cure are also there.  For the fortnight of filming, the Great Hall has been transformed into the Royal Palace, where two enormous golden thrones dominate the set and other parts of the castle have become cellars, staircases and dank dungeons. 
On arrival Dom exclaimed “The courtyard is just like a movie set – it took my breath away.”  Berkeley Castle plays a vital role in filming for the next two series and brings to life the magical mediaeval world of The Legend of Dick and Dom.
Series one of The Legend of Dick and Dom has recently been shown, however series two will be aired at 4.30pm on BBC1 from Friday 26th February 2010 and series three will be shown later in 2010.

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