Exciting Time for Fermanagh
A senior member of the team responsible for bringing a huge television production to Crom Castle says it is an “exciting time” for Fermanagh.
Location Manager Catherine Geary has told The Impartial Reporter that Lord Erne’s picturesque castle is the “ideal location” for comedy/drama ‘Blandings’ starring Jennifer Saunders and Timothy Spall.
“The company needed to know that Blandings Castle existed in Northern Ireland so last August I did some scouting for them which basically involved researching into period buildings. I sourced houses that may have ticked the brief. Blandings Castle is such an iconic building and it had to be right. If it wasn’t the house they were looking for they would have gone to a different country,” she said.
As 40 days of filming begins next week this newspaper can reveal that some of the BBC production will be shot around Enniskillen as well with the possibility of a local pub and the Courthouse featuring.
“There are a number of locations that won’t be based at Crom and will be based in and around Enniskillen; pubs and court rooms,” explained Catherine, who said the production was “gaining momentum”.
She describes her job “as the jam in the sand which between the owners, the council, the police, residents in the street and the film crew”.
“I have to ferry the requests of the crew between the crew and the owners. It goes back and forward until we get an agreement. My job when we start filming is logistical; sometimes the most beautiful places are the hardest to reach – the likes of the old ruins of this castle and how we make that work for our lighting and all the technical people,” she said.
Catherine described the production, which will be broadcast across the UK on BBC One, as “a positive thing”.
“It’s exciting, it’s aspirational. People who don’t think they can work in films suddenly see a film being made in their doorstep so they realise they can do it; it does inspire kids to get involved,” she said.
Also commenting this week was Lord Erne who said the project at his home was “absolutely wonderful”.