Music & Arts | Posted 08.05.2014

BBC films 1950s drama at Stonyhurst

A BBC film crew brought a great deal of excitement to Stonyhurst College this week, when pupils at the school were enlisted as extras in the filming of a brand new drama for BBC Two.

The actor Mark Gatiss, who stars alongside Benedict Cumerbatch in the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes series, wrote and directed The Tractate Middoth, a chilling adaptation of MR James’ ghost story.

The Stonyhurst extras were restyled and transformed by the BBC’s make-up and costume artists as young people from the 1950s, a process which took almost three hours! “After a 7am start we were directed to walk in and out of the College’s main gate and across the quad, as the main character approached” said one. “It was a brilliant day and very exciting to work with such well known people.” The cast includes John Castle (from I, Claudius) Sacha Dhawan (from The History Boys), Louise Jameson (a former Doctor Who girl), Una Stubbs (also in the BBC’s Sherlock series) and Eleanor Bron and will be shown at Christmas.