The Mutton chops affair

Bath is buzzing with film crew activity at the moment and l bumped into two of the actors involved in the shoot, at the gym this morning.

Not that l confront every new face that l spot between press ups, but one of today’s strangers was sporting mutton chops.

That’s long sideburns to the uninitiated. Like what Martin Salter models – while dressed as Mr Bennet outside the Jane Austen Centre.

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Martin Salter on duty outside the Jane Austen Centre.

I just happened to wonder whether such 19th century must-haves were making a comeback amongst today’s young male trendies.

Ah, said the young man, l am an actor and we are filming a period drama up at the Assembly Rooms.

Turns out it’s a new series called Bridgerton due for release on Netflix in 2020.

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Phoebe’s Twitter account


Phoebe Dynevor (best known for her roles in Waterloo Road and Snatch) leads the cast in a plot based on the novels by American author Julia Quinn.

Phoebe plays Daphne Bridgerton – the ‘perfect young debutante who has been waiting her entire life to make her grand debut on the marriage mart’ – within the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society.

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The production company’s website.

They have even roped in Julie Andrews – Oscar-winning star of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music – to provide the voice of another character from 1813 – the mysterious and sharp tongued gossip writer Lady Whistledown.

Looks like it’s the Concert Room being used.

Got a feeling that the Concert Room at the Assembly Rooms is being used to replicate a glittering Mayfair ballroom scene as l watched riggers blacking out the windows for today’s filming.

Blacking out windows.

Looking through cast pictures l am wondering if that young man with the mutton chops is ¬†Broadchurch’s Jonathan Bailey.

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Jonathan Bailey.

If he is there tomorrow morning, l will ask him!