Friday, 8 July 2011

Griff Rhys Jones breakfasts at Berkeley Castle

Griff Rhys Jones films new TV series at Berkeley Castle

Comedian, actor, presenter and TV personality, Griff Rhys Jones visited Berkeley Castle on Monday 4th July 2011, to film footage for his latest BBC1 TV series Routes Around Britain.

The series follows Griff as he re-traces the progress tour of Queen Elizabeth I during her reign as monarch. Queen Elizabeth I visited the Castle in 1574, and evidence of her visit can be found within the Castle’s impressive archives, which was filmed for the series.

Griff was filmed having breakfast with the owner of Berkeley Castle, Mr. John Berkeley and his eldest son and Castle Director Charles Berkeley. The film crew also filmed in one of the private state bedrooms, re-creating what it may have looked like during Queen Elizabeth’s visit. Charles Berkeley was also filmed with Griff and a Rolls Royce Phantom that Griff is using to travel in for the series.

Charles said:
“We are delighted that the Castle is being used for this new BBC1 series. Griff was thoroughly charming and very interested in the Castle and its history. We are all looking forward to seeing the series when it is aired at the beginning of next year.”

The Castle has also been filmed recently for a TV series featuring the story of Isabelle, wife of Edward II who infamously arranged for her husband to be imprisoned and subsequently murdered at the Castle.

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