Thursday, 11 August 2022

Different sort of street for TV soap actresses

FRIDAY STREET in Henley was the location for not one but two TV antiques shows recently.

FRIDAY STREET in Henley was the location for not one but two TV antiques shows recently.

Former Coronation Street actresses Thelma Barlow, who played Mavis Wilton, and Anna Reid, who was Ken Barlow’s first wife Valerie, were filmed for an edition of the BBC’s Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

They spent some time at Knight Antiques, selecting items that they could then sell at auction — hopefully for a profit.

“It is a competition to see who can make the most money,” says Simon Knight, who owns the store. “They came round with an expert and decided upon one item while they were here, a pewter plate.”

The actresses had lunch and afternoon tea at the Hot Gossip coffee house next door, where owner Lorraine Hiller took a picture of them, shown above.

A few weeks earlier, Henley Antiques, which is also owned by Mr Knight, was used for filming scenes for an episode of the BBC’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. In this show, two antiques experts spend a week buying and selling collectibles to see who can make the most money.

Mr Knight hosted Jonty Hearndon and says: “These were genuine sales — we do not know what he had paid for the items. I bought a porthole that had a mirror inserted into it, which is still in the shop, and my colleague and fellow dealer Justine Hutchinson bought a French mirror with a carved oak frame. The crew also filmed Gary Wallis, who has a large antiques warehouse at Remenham Hill.”

He says that when the BBC approached him with the idea, he was delighted to accept. “I am very keen on promoting the image of Henley and one of the things we insist on is that the town is mentioned,” says Mr Knight. “It is very important that individuals use any influence they have to promote the town.”

Viewers will be able to see how the various teams got on when the programmes are shown in the autumn.

While on the subject of TV, you may have read in last week’s Standard that Christine Walkden of the BBC’s One Show will be Henley next week filming an item about the the town’s hanging baskets.

Now I learn that she will also be visiting the garden at Rupert House School after an invitation from head of art Rosemary Brook, who runs the school’s gardening club.

Rosemary tells me: “I wrote to ask her whether she would be interested in doing a piece about the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening. We have already passed level 4 of the bench-marking scheme and are working to complete the final level (5) this year.”

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