I think this might be a bit of a secret, so if I tell you, please promise not to tell anyone else!
Last Tuesday a team from the BBC’s 'The One Show' were spotted at Hurst Castle. Presenter Larry Lamb was doing a piece on ENSA, as Hurst Castle is believed to have the last remaining Garrison Theatre in its original form. On the stage for the show was the local swing band Windmill, which is run by Penny Bishop, and includes her husband Bob, Chairman of the Community Centre and Vice chair of the Parish Council. It could have been a day from the forties! We hear the show is due to be broadcast early April, if we find out when, we will let you know.
The Hurst Castle team may now have their sights firmly set on stardom, as in April, the BBC TV cameras have also been to film the Hurst Castle Ferries at work at The Needles. The rib from the ferries fleet has been transporting men and material to The Needles Lighthouse for some time now, as essential maintenance work is taking place on the rocks. This feature is due to be shown on a future episode of the highly successful BBC Series ‘Coast’.
The future TV plans of Sean, Mary and Jason are unknown. However, I think the castle is ideal for a costume drama starring key village figures!