Four Special TV visitors
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Kim Cattrall's visit…..
Golden Gobe winner, Hollywood and Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall called in for lunch
Kim Cattrall and the BBC Production Team call in at The Green Tree , while filming the final episode of the BBC 1 popular series
"Who Do You Think You Are ? "
Actress Kim explained that her grandfather suddenly left his Liverpool home abandoning her grandmother and his grandchildren “it has always been a mystery to our family why he would do this and I’m grateful for the opportunity to trace his life after he left the family home”. Her grandfather’s surprising story will be shown on BBC 1 and leaves a trail of bigamy which in part leads to Tudhoe Village were Kim Cattrall’s grandfather settled down in small miner’s cottage in Welsh Row (currently The Green Tree car park).
The Green Tree worked with the BBC to research the story and was able to prioduce photographs of her grandfathers actual home
Kim Catrall's left her mother (Shane) and sisters when she was only 8 yrs old and she recalled her mothers memories of her father tapping on the window beckoning her to go with him. The filmimg was done in strict secrecy and took place over a three hour period, but first everyone had lunch. Miss Catrall was a lovely welcome guest who tucked into trafditional British Cod & Chips !
Landlady Murrie D. Hopson presented a photograph of her grandfather’s cottage to Miss Cattrall who said she would “cherish it” and “couldn’t wait to show it to her mother”.
Martin Shaw visit…..
The BBC 's Inspector George Gently film at the
The Green Tree !
Martin Shaw and the BBC production team visited the Green Tree to film a scene from the new series of Inspector George Gently
Gently & Bacchus at The Green Tree Bar
The Green Tree retaining much of it's old world charm, was an ideal location for the period detective drama. Filming took place in the Public Bar were a night schene was acted out with the aid of black-out blinds. Preperation of the Bar started early morning with breakfast at 7:00 am.!
The BBC were pleased with the location and asked if they could return for futures series.
The Green Tree is currently being considered for furure location filming for the popular crime series "Vera"
Anne Woods visit…..
The BBC & The Teletubbies come to The Green Tree !
The Green Tree was host yet again to the BBC as they set up their cameras to film a part of a documentary about Anne Wood CBE.
Anne was born in Spennymoor and is best known as the creator of succesful childrens programmes such as the Teletubbies and most recently In The Night Garden, which won a BAFTA Children's award.
Anne moved to Surrey, with her husband and children where she founded the National Federation of Childrens Book Group. She later switched to publishing children's books and then became a television producer Her independent production company, "Ragdoll Productions", was founded in 1984 and specialises in making original programming for children 10 and under. Ragdoll is based in Sratford-upon-Avon, UK and has produced Pob's Programme, Brum, Rosie and Jim, Tots TV, Teletubbies, Boohbah and In The Night Garden.
Both Anne and the crew were very welcome guests and enjoyed Luch at The Green Tree. Before leaving Anne signed the visitors book , wishing thtat The Green Tree will bloom for ever !
Martin Roberts visit…..
"Homes Under The Hammer" comes to The Green Tree !
Martin Roberts, star of "Get Me Out of Here" jungle tucker trials called in at The Green Tree. Martin enjoyed lunch while shooting the regional series of "Homes Under The Hammer"