Friday, March 02, 2012

Will Tristram and The Magic of Showbiz

As you know, I work for an actors' agency.

One of our actors, the excellent Will Tristram, was recently cast in a series of comedy idents for Bavaria Beer, to be shown before and during the sitcom Benidorm on ITV. (In case you didn't know, an ident is like a mini-commercial shown before or during a show).

Will plays a hunky though incompetent barman with a tendency to ogle the ladies. Here is one of the idents:

Here's another:

There are quite a few of them - you can find more on if you search for Bavaria idents Benidorm.

Of course, to go with the series, the idents take place around a summer swimming pool with suntans and bikini-clad girls.

Now here's the secret. They were filmed around a pool all right - but outdoors in North Yorkshire in February, one one of the coldest days of the year.

Will had to prepare with a fake tan beforehand (not something he's very used to having, it has to be said). He had to take lots of warm clothes to wear between takes. I feel particularly sorry for the bikini-clad girls.

The company who were made it were very pleased with both the results and the way that the perennially good-humoured Will dealt with it all. "Will Tristram was bloody brilliant" tweeted the director afterwards. Splendid.

Now you've seen the idents, here's a short and entertaining film about the making of them.

I particularly like the bit where it starts to snow. Showbiz, eh? All glamour.


Blogger Helsie said...

Just goes to prove the English are a crazy race !!! Surely there was an outdoor pool somewhere else in England that was a little warmer ?

11:28 pm  
Blogger Daphne2 said...

Love them, and enjoyed them a lot more than any clips I have ever seen of Benidorm!

8:29 am  
Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

It would have been better if "Benidorm" had been sponsored by "Vaseline" then Will Tristram could have used that product to warm up the bikini clad girls - for whom you (allegedly) felt so sorry. Mind you, Will might have objected.

5:37 pm  

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