Sep 27

Weekend Set Report from Ashridge

Ashridge, Photo by A. Saladine

  Ashridge, Photo by A. Saladine

Ashridge, Photo by A. Saladine

Ashridge, Photo by A. Saladine

 

I’m back from Ashridge. What a beautiful estate and the weather today was perfect! We had a lovely long woodland walk admiring the views across the Aylesbury Vale and of course we found the film set.

Interestingly, and you may know this already, the house was bequeathed to Princess Elizabeth by Henry VIII and it was while she was staying there that she was arrested by her sister Queen Mary and taken to the Tower of London.

There was no filming going on today but the film set comprised of tents and props such as barrels, arrows, hanging pheasants and rabbits, tables and benches, carts etc. were all there in the clearing leading up to Ashridge House.

My friend and I took a walk right up to the set. There were also a few vehicles including a large horse lorry box and portable loos but we only saw two crew members. I spoke to one of them and asked how filming had gone and he said very well. They have been filming battle scenes in the woods and apart from one dull day the weather had been perfect. I told him how excited I was about seeing The Hollow Crown 2 and he said filming was set to continue around the country and due to finish next January. I told him that the TV air date couldn’t come soon enough and thanked him for his time.

 Thank you to Amanda Saladine for the photos and report!

Sep 24

The fan account and the set photos that has everyone talking!

"my kingdom for a horse!" -  Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, before he gains the kingdom and loses his horse

“my kingdom for a horse!”
Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, before he gains the kingdom and loses his horse

 

We managed to track down the intrepid explorer that took these (now famous) photographs of The Hollow Crown filming and she kindly shared her experience with fellow fans!

 

I knew (as most of us did) that ‘Richard III’ filming would start on Monday (22/09/14) on the grounds of Ashridge estate. From the set pictures posted on twitter I figured that they would be filming inside the tent camp and – add bushes on the sides to that – it might be difficult to see anything. I decided to give it a try anyway. ‘You never know your luck’, as Arthur Shappy would say :-)

I arrived there some time at noon and was rather surprised to find out that I was the sole representative of Sherlock-fandom/ Hollow Crown fans/ Cumbercollective and other respectable organisations. A bit later a Japanese girl has joined me, and for the rest of the day there were only two of us. Some locals were passing by back and forth, but that was about it.

It all turned out exactly as I suspected (the filming was going on in the middle of the tents). Benedict was there, but, due to the ‘seats with the limited view’, it was rather difficult to tell what scenes exactly they were shooting.  The only thing we could do was to pass the camp by between the shots via the narrow footpath and try to have a quick look of what was going on.

I had a good laugh about the costume, though. About the colour in particular. Entirely black dress in combination with black horse and scowling expression. If I were King Edward IV, I would have become instantly suspicious. Though, maybe, in the 15th century they still didn’t know what every child knows these days: the one dressed in all black and with evil intentions written all over their face – that’s the villain! Oh, BBC, seriously!

After some time they made a break for lunch. I noticed that on his way back to the set Benedict was walking already with a limp and shoulders hunched.

The last scene for the day (and they hadn’t even been shooting it) was Benedict on a horse (a very nice surprise indeed). From what I gathered they were practicing how he should move around the set and for the camera, and left the actual filming of it for the other day. He left the set at a trot and then galloped the short distance to the car waiting for him. All in a costume! Aaargggh! (no pictures, unfortunately. But we do have a vivid imagination, don’t we?). And that was it for the day.

For more photographs of Benedict Cumberbatch & the mystery Edward IV click HERE.

Already a fan of The Hollow Crown series having watched series 1, ‘halflink’ is looking forward to the second installment with the rest of the Hollow Crown fans! Many thanks to Halflink for permitting us to share her story on our blog!

Original Blog: http://sherlock-series.tumblr.com/

 

Sep 24

More from the set of ‘The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses’

As reported in The Independent and The Radio Times some photographs of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Duke of Gloucester have been going viral over the internet from filming The Hollow Crown. We’re rather thrilled at the quick glimpse of Edward IV (we assume!) on set and cannot wait to hear who will play this role.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III Richard III on horsebackA glimpse of Edward IV!

 

Source: halflink –  http://sherlock-series.tumblr.com/

 

Sep 23

The Horses of The Hollow Crown

We were delighted to see several tweets yesterday and today from one of our followers who has showcased some of the beautiful horses being used in The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. We asked her to write a guest blog for us and she obliged with some great details and photos! Thank you, Helen, for your contribution!

By Helen Reeley

One of my casual after work walks took my camera & me to the National Trust Ashridge Estate yesterday for a late lunch. I spotted some fine black horses tethered to a horse box munching on hay so made a mental note to stop & take some shots before I made my way home.

The horsewoman was fine with me taking photos so I asked her about the horses & it was at that point for the first time in my life I learnt about ‘The Hollow Crown’ & that the BBC were making a new series. No big deal I thought, there’s always filming going on around here & merrily chatted about the horses.

George is a Spanish Warm Blood gelding and featured in the film ‘War Horse’ also a Benedict Cumberbatch film I was told. George wasn’t the lead horse but stood in & was one of the thirteen ‘Joey’s’ provided by stunt horse family business, Steve Dent. You can read more about War Horse horses here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/8630988/Horses-groomed-for-Hollywood-stardom.html George was incredibly black, I’ve never seen such a black horse. In the photo you can clearly see his Spanish branding. George was quite happy for me to get quite close in with the camera, however I was a trifle wary.

George, one of 13 'Joeys' from War Horse

George, one of 13 ‘Joey’s’ from War Horse

George, Spanish Warm Blood gelding

George, Spanish Warm Blood gelding

 

George’s mate (I can’t remember his name) grazing next to him was quite a character. When he’s finished his bag of hay he whinnied for the horsewoman to fill it up again!! George’s mate was still tacked up in authentic black & gold leather horse wear as he was expected to return to the set for more action. He’d already strutted his stuff and was taking a hay break. George’s mate was an Irish Warm Blood & also a gelding. He had the softest smoothest coat-I was surprised at how lush it felt.

 

Irish Warm Blood Gelding

Irish Warm Blood Gelding

Irish Warm Blood gelding

Irish Warm Blood gelding

Both of these beautiful creatures were in tip top condition & weren’t fazed in the least by a camera shutter or me, a nervous (around horses) hobby photographer.

There were probably about eight horses at the set yesterday & I was lucky to meet George & his mate. The other six must have been down on the film set. I went back today to Ashridge today on the off chance of meeting the others but there were no horses on the film site today.

You can find Helen on Twitter – @HelenReeley

Sep 23

Hollow Crown Fans: Position On Filming & Set Photos

Out of respect to Neal Street Productions and BBC Two, we are going to be very selective about the fan photos we share from the filming of The Hollow Crown 2, particularly when we don’t know the source. When we know it’s an open set that is open to the media and fans, we will be more liberal about posting photos. When it is a closed set and people have snuck through to snap photos, we will not post those. We are solely in service to you, the fans. We want to share photos with you that whet the appetite for this series! And we want you to send to us your own personal photos (for which we will give you heaps of credit) or reports as long as you obtained them without crossing any boundaries of respect for the production we care a great deal about.

We hope you find this policy fair and reasonable.

Sincerely,

The Admins of @HollowCrownFans

Sep 22

First Day of Filming – The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses

The Hollow Crown began filming today at Ashridge estate as expected. Fan reports began to come in on Twitter, confirming that Benedict Cumberbatch was indeed on set. He was described by Lauren (@wholock) to be costumed in a long curly wig (like if Sherlock didn’t cut his hair for 2 months), a fur cape and tight leather trousers. He was also spotted riding a horse! Shortly after Lauren’s reports from the estate, a few photos from an unknown source came in and fans got their first (hazy) glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch in wig and costume!

Benedict Cumberbatch on set for The Hollow Crown

Other photos from the same source showed the camp flying under the flag of the red rose – Team Lancaster!

The flag of the Lancaster Red Rose

We were curious about what scene could be filming with Richard (Duke of Gloucester) present at camp under the red rose and we did some sleuthing and discovered that actor Jordan McCurrach was on set today. According to his Instgram from last week, his role is “Young Soldier – Tewkesbury”. We are assuming therefore that the scene being filmed is from Henry VI Part III.

Photo by Jordan McCurrach

Photo by Jordan McCurrach

 

There were some rumours that Benedict was seen with Somerset’s decapitated head but that may have been some confusion about his character’s first scene, not necessarily Benedict’s first scene! We heard no eye witness reports confirming that but if you were there and saw it – let us know!

We also connected with Helen Reeley (@HelenReeley) who snapped some great pictures of some of the horses used in filming today. One horse may have worked professionally with Benedict before, as he was a featured horse in the film War Horse!

Stunt Horse, Photo by Helen Reeley

Stunt Horse, Photo by Helen Reeley

Photo by Helen Reeley

Photo by Helen Reeley

 

It sounds like it was a very eventful first day in Ashridge and we look forward to bringing you more news and photos from filming as we find them! If you have any reports to share, please drop us a comment, tweet, or Facebook message and let us know!

Here are some other photos taken from set today. Note: we do not own these photos, all credit goes to the photographer. Many thanks to @AnythingBatch for kindly pointing out these photos to us!

 

Ashridge Day 1

Ashridge Day 1

Ashridge Day 1

Ashridge Day 1

Sep 22

Hollow Crown Fans Celebrate 10,000 Followers!

In July of 2012,  we at Hollow Crown Fans started with very humble expectations about what we could accomplish on social media. Today we hit a milestone we couldn’t have imagined two years ago: 10,000 Twitter followers. We find it very serendipitous that the @HollowCrownFans reached 10K on the very first day of filming for The Hollow Crown 2. Onwards and upwards and thanks to all who follow and interact with us week after week!

10K FOLLOWERS

 

Sep 21

More Set Photos from The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

More photos of the set of The Hollow Crown emerged today, detailing the medieval set on the Ashridge estate in Hertfordshire, England. Looks like they are ready to start shooting tomorrow (22nd September)!

Many thanks to James Richards (@kidhelios) for sending us such great shots!

Photo by James Richards

Photo by James Richards

 

Ashridge 3

Photo by James Richards

Ashridge 1

Photo by James Richards

Ashridge 2

Photo by James Richards

Sep 21

The Hollow Crown: Filming Begins at Ashridge!

We shared a report that stated that The Hollow Crown would begin filming this week – there have since been mixed information coming from Ashridge Estate but we expect the cast and crew turn up tomorrow (Monday 22nd September). With several things being filmed so quickly at this location no doubt things are getting confusing!

 

“We start on Monday and it’s a huge project, six months in filming.”  – Judi Dench*

 

Could this be the FIRST photograph taken of The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses set? Exciting stuff!

Photo by @HughesCaitlin

Photo by @HughesCaitlin

* source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/11102811/Dame-Judi-Dench-says-Sherlock-actor-Benedict-Cumberbatch-is-a-true-gentleman.html

Sep 12

The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses – cast gather for first read-through

On the evening of Wednesday 10th September BBC two tweeted a set of photographs from the first read-through for the cast of The Hollow Crown series 2 .

Richard III's seat!

Richard III’s seat

Qeen Elizabeth's seat

Queen Elizabeth’s seat

Seat of Cecily, Duchess of York

Seat of Cecily, Duchess of York

 

Intentional or otherwise these photographs unleashed an unexpected game of ‘guess who?’ when fans eager to know the cast zoomed in on the pages! Ben Daniels tweeted later that night to confirm he was playing Buckingham and Sam Troughton’s spotlight page has him listed as George, Duke of Clarence.

With filming rumoured to be beginning next week (see previous post entry) for Henry VI it is only a matter of time hopefully before we have a full cast announcement and the fans can stop guessing/squinting at the above photos!

If you want to see how well the guessing game went check out our tumblr post here: http://hollowcrownfans.tumblr.com/post/97199044123/last-night-bbc-2-tweeted-a-set-of-photos-from

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