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Claire Bush Claire Bush | 18:12 UK time, Thursday, 5 August 2010

Some months ago, a letter was posted through our door from a production company looking for a possible house location for Mistresses. I phoned the location manager and arranged for her to pop round and see if our house would be suitable.

I didn't really have much hope as the place is pretty tatty, but thought it worth a punt. If nothing else, we thought our 10-year-old daughter Maia would find it interesting. I made the whole family spend all weekend cleaning and tidying before the visit.

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Dee, the professional and approachable location manager, was surprisingly positive. Over the next six weeks, we had an inspection visit every week from what seemed to be everybody in the film industry bar the gaffer, building up to the director and producer and culminating in a firm's outing of 25 arriving by charabanc.

Then the Man From Ecosse, he say Yes. We were all chuffed and excited but not certain how it would be received in our street. After a wee bit of friendly haggling, contracts were duly agreed and signed.

The character Trudi's taste is very different to ours. The painters moved in and transformed all the rooms they were filming in, using some very strange colours.

It was unnerving having your house redressed and decorated in colours you would never choose or even think of but we actually decided to keep the striking, deep plum colour chosen for the kitchen. We were pretty happy too when they fixed our garden balcony stairs. Shame the stained ceiling wasn't going to be in the shot as well!

Trudi, played by Sharon Small, at work in her bakery

The filming schedule eventually crept up from the planned six days to 18 days but moving out wasn't a great hardship as we went to Majorca for 10 days. Unfortunately it rained the whole time - not something the production company could fix!

We only had to stay in an apartment for a week on our return, which was great because any longer, would have driven us all mad. Being out of your house for so long is unsettling and we were very glad to go home when the 18 days were up.

The production team were always helpful and made it clear we could go back to the house during filming anytime we liked as long as we let them know. It was usually easier to go back in the evening when they had all gone home and tiptoeing round Trudi's house was a strange experience.

Joanna Lumley on the far left with the cast of Mistresses

We went to watch filming one day and got to meet the gorgeous Joanna Lumley who lived up to all expectations when she greeted Maia with her inimitable beatific smile - "Hello sweetie" - and a big cuddle. All the crew and cast were really friendly and made a huge fuss of our star-struck daughter (and Dad!).

Our neighbours were by and large fine with the experience and supportive. They had enjoyed the star-spotting. The film crew had been as helpful as they could be, helping people with their shopping and moving their vans if need be.

Overall, it was a very positive experience for us as a family. We enjoyed the banter with the props crew, James, John and Jane and we'd definitely do it again.

Claire Bush is the real life homeowner of the house used as Trudi's home in Mistresses.

Mistresses starts at 9pm on Thursday, 5 August on BBC One and BBC HD.

To find out times of future episodes, please visit the upcoming episodes page.


  • Comment number 1.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 2.

    I have enjoyed the two previous series of mistresses Series three has got off two a smashing start....looks like a successful format is going to work again. Thank you.

  • Comment number 3.

    i have as always been a follower of mistresses from day one, I love the music, the ladies, the fashion, the men, again, started watching series 3 and so far so good. Also the ladies remind me of myself and my various stages in my life, with their choices, lives and lovers....;-)

    where is the music from , i love the piano intro? it reminds me of london at night, walking through the city, and being at peace...

    love it....

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi, I am a huge fan of Mistresses, living in Amsterdam. Could anyone explain to me why it is impossible for me to see the films on the BBC Mistresses website? Would love to see them. Thanks!

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Maggie. Really sorry but because of the way that the BBC is funded in the UK through the licence fee, it means we usually can't make videos available outside of the UK, which is why the videos aren't available for viewing in Amsterdam.

    Assistant Content Producer, BBC TV blog

  • Comment number 6.

    Agree with previous comment regarding the music at the wedding reception. Is it possible to find out the playlist?

  • Comment number 7.

    I agree "Queenie53" the music was fab! Siobhan's cottage is my dream home - I LOVE it! Could we hear from that owner please?

  • Comment number 8.

    can anybody help me by telling me the name of the artwork in siobhans house mainly in the dinning area. I have been looking on the internet trying to find something similar.

  • Comment number 9.

    Question for the wardrobe department at Mistresses. In the most recent episode Siobhan wore a beautiful white twist neck t-shirt in the scene where she collected photos of her daughter's birthday party. Where could I find one the same?

  • Comment number 10.

    Just returned from holiday and finally got to catch up and see all the three episodes. As ever an amazing drama which has not disappointed. I wasn't sure about the casting of Joanna Lumbley but she really works in it. Can someone tell me why when a series as popular as this gets axed after only three series. I can't believe when the BBC hit the jackpot with Mistresses they cut a high quality program like this short. Big mistake that will leave many a license fee payer immensely sad. Please please please bring it back!!!!!

  • Comment number 11.

    After seeing Siobhan's lovely light green garden bench in a recent episode, I've searched and searched everywhere for something similar to no avail. Does anybody know where I can get this bench? Thanks for any help.

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  • Comment number 14.

    Where can I buy Siobhan's nice green garden bench. I love it.

  • Comment number 15.

    Question for the wardrobe department at Mistresses. In the third episode of the series, Siobhan wore a beautiful white twist neck t-shirt in the scene where she collected photos of her daughter's birthday party. Please can you let me know where it is from?

  • Comment number 16.

    I'm sad that this is the last series for Mistresses, as I've really enjoyed this stylish drama. A brilliant story, absolutely superbly acted. It's so refreshing to see a prime-time programme with strong, believable female leads, and then give them a cracking script and watch it fly. Fantastic.

  • Comment number 17.

    Re: Caroline's question relating to the wardrobe for the series - the white twist neck t-shirt, I loved it too! I saw a very similar one in grey, on the website for a fashion brand that sounds like queue (bit concerned about advertising the brand, but you should find it ok). Now for that lovely grey linen jacket worn by Trudie....

  • Comment number 18.

    hi,mistresses only finished last thursday evening but im so very sad that the bbc are not making a 4th series,there is so much scope for another series before you finish it for good.
    On behalf of the women of great britain please please please bring it back for one last series just to finish it off,i understand the bbc want to go out on a high but everyone would like to see it one last time - even sarah,shelley,orla,and sharon would love to do another series surley thats enough persuading !!

  • Comment number 19.

    i love mstresses so much why did it have to end i really did wish that the series would keep on going on i really loved it why can't u make a 4 th series we all want it to come back pritty please .i loved this series so much pritty please

  • Comment number 20.

    Please BBC find a way to keep this brilliant drama on our tv. The Licence fee alone is worth the payment for watching this absolutely brilliantly written drama.My wife. friends and I cannot find anything on the box remotely close. Please, BBC ...Misstresses is a must ....Dont tell us it will never return !!

  • Comment number 21.

    Sitting here expecting episode 5 of series three and absolutely gutted you have stopped it here - there is so much more to tell and no future series? BBC you have let yourselves down and your tax payers! It is such an amazing series that connects with so many people on so many levels - everyone can identify something within it. Congratulations on all the actors and actresses who really made this something we want to run as long as Friends - please come back missing it............upset......gutted viewer.

  • Comment number 22.

    I meant to say license fee payers and not tax payers! from gutted viewer.....

  • Comment number 23.

    I have watched most of the episodes apart from the last one. It's a shame that BBC produced series are available on iPlayer for one week only.

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi there - thanks so much for your positive comments on Mistresses - it will be missed by us at the BBC too. We've all enjoyed creating it and the four girls were great fun to work with - there will definitely be a big gap in out lives now that the series has come to an end.

    With regards to the questions on this blog - I'm going to look in to getting some information on the clothes/benches/art work etc and will post on here as soon as I find out. I was myself constantly asking the costume designer about the clothes - they're so stylish and unusual.

    Thanks again for your passionate support - I'll be back soon with some info.

    Gwawr - Development Executive - BBC Wales, Drama.

  • Comment number 25.

    Is there any chance of another series???????????? Please tell us

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi again - as promised Akinrinlade and Queenie53, here are the tracks played in the wedding reception. The piano music, and most of the music throughout is scored by a composer - he's really enhanced the drama and made special moments even more special with his wonderful music.

    Coming Up Easy - Paolo Nutini
    Do It Fluid - Blackbyrds
    My Last Tango - Nerina Pallot
    Seven More Days - Terence Trent D'Arby
    Sign Your Name - Terence Trent D'Arby

    Many of you liked the bench in Siobhan's garden - The Art Department inform me that it was hired from a company called Granger Hertzog. The dining room art work, Ajgreen, was hired from Chase 55 and the artist is Humphrey Bangham.

    I'll be back with info about the clothes soon.

    Bye for now


  • Comment number 27.

    Another question for the wardrobe department at Mistresses.Can you please tell me where the gorgeous green military coat that Siobhan was wearing in the last series is from? It was stunning and so perfect for the A/W!

  • Comment number 28.

    Love the theme music to misstresses is there anyone who will let us know what it is.....seems bit of a secret !!

  • Comment number 29.

    Hi Gwawr - do you think you could find out what brand/shade of green paint was used in Siobhan's cottage?

    Thanks very much!

  • Comment number 30.

    Please please please bring Mistresses back for another series! It is so amazing, please?

  • Comment number 31.

    Hi - have been in touch with the costume designer and she's provided some information on the outfits:
    Siobhan's twist t-shirt that so many of you loved was Nicole Fahri.
    Trudi's linen jacket, Lemonbiscuit, was from Kew and Casey, Siobhan's military jacket was from Mango.
    As for the series music, rNev, there's no secret! It is scored music. written by a composer especially for the series - it's rather wonderful.

    Thanks again for all your comments and for taking such an interest in Mistresses.

    Gwawr Lloyd, Development Executive BBC Wales Drama.

  • Comment number 32.

    Lots of thanks Gwawr for your reply at #26 regarding the piano music. I can now let my friend in Holland know! She is an avid watcher of BBC1, especially The Mistresses - one more vote for another series!

  • Comment number 33.

    Hi Gwawr - I am hoping you can help as you seem to be a star at answering everyones questions.
    I am a fan from the other side of the world - New Zealand and we are waiting with baited breath for series 3 so I still have that to look forward to and enjoy!!!
    In series 1 (about episode ?3 just after Kate has had a liaison in a hotel room with a guy she met in the bar)there was a fantastic song when Hari was in the kitchen cooking dinner for Siobhan. It was the anniversary of the first time they had met. The lyrics sound something like "fly away............you lay me down....don't carry on" but I would love to know the title and singer?? Please help!!
    Thanks for a fantastic show.

  • Comment number 34.

    I just saw the very last episode of Mistresses (in Denmark), and I feel so empty inside now that it is all over. I miss Dominic so much, I am sure I love him as much as Siobhan ;)
    Thanks for a great show, I hope I can get hold of a dvd box (if a such exists).

  • Comment number 35.

    Hi Gwawr,

    You mention that the opening music was scored by a composer especially for the series - please could you tell me how I can get hold of it. It is so wonderful and I love listening to it. Thank you.



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