The BBC 'Just William' at Hitchin British Schools

Filming classroom scenes

By Ann Judge

BBC TV was filming across Hertfordshire in the summer of 2010 for a new series of 'Just William' stories.  For the classroom scenes they chose the British Schools' Gallery Classroom.

For one week the classroom (that first opened in 1854) became a classroom in William's Chinnington Hall School, 1954 - a time shift of exactly 100 years! The film crew needed more space than the one classroom however - they took over the Lancasterian schoolroom and the Edwardian classrooms for recording equipment and support areas as well. What's more, a large number of catering, wardrobe and make-up vans were all parked at a "base" at Hitchin
Girls' School. Other filming for the series included Hertfordshire locations at Bennington Lordship, Walkern Hall and a school hall in Harpenden.

Stars who came to the British Schools included Daniel Roche (of the TV series 'Outnumbered') as William Brown, Bruce MacKinnon as teacher Mr Attwater, Denis Lawson as Mr Marks the Headmaster, and John Sessions as Mr Wellbecker. Lisa Kaye played the school secretary - and some 20 other 'schoolboys' in grey uniform and short trousers really looked 'at home' in the old school surroundings.

Photo:The Gallery classroom in 1954, with boys and recording crew

The Gallery classroom in 1954, with boys and recording crew

Terry Ransome

Photo:The classroom became crowded with all the crew needed

The classroom became crowded with all the crew needed

Terry Ransome

Photo:Bruce MacKinnon as teacher Mr Attwater, Denis Lawson as Mr Marks the Headmaster, and John Sessions as Mr Wellbecker

Bruce MacKinnon as teacher Mr Attwater, Denis Lawson as Mr Marks the Headmaster, and John Sessions as Mr Wellbecker

Terry Ransome

Photo:"Boys will be boys"

"Boys will be boys"

Terry Ransome

Photo:Director Paul Seed and Producer John Chapman saying farewell to the boys at the end of filming

Director Paul Seed and Producer John Chapman saying farewell to the boys at the end of filming

Terry Ransome

Photo:William and Ginger at their desks

William and Ginger at their desks

Terry Ransome

This page was added by Ann Judge on 10/09/2010.

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