The Living and the Dead

I spent a day recently on the set of the forthcoming BBC supernatural drama The Living and the Dead and was asked to shoot a quick portrait of actress Fiona O'Shaughnessy for use as a prop later in the series. Searching around upstairs in Horton Court in Gloucestershire, a cold, creepy and mysterious National Trust property where much of the filming was taking place, and the crew have experienced several strange and inexplicable occurrences, I found a stretch of unfinished plaster wall for a backdrop and using a builder's site lamp for illumination, was testing the shot when I heard the assistant director call for silence downstairs on set.  I stood still and waited for them to complete and to my surprise heard an old fashioned phone ring midway through the take. I assumed it was a sound effect and part of the story but afterwards I found out that it had been the remote bell for the house phone which had rung for no apparent reason - according to the guardians on site, the phone line had been disconnected over a decade ago.......