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Gaffer & Best Boy

Film presenter Antonia Quirke speaks to key crew members working on the film and drama series that are defining modern entertainment.

Film presenter Antonia Quirke speaks to key crew members working on the film and drama series that are defining modern entertainment.

In this first episode Antonia wades through mud in Yorkshire on the stunning period set of Gunpowder a new star-studded, forthcoming BBC television drama starring Kit Harington as she links up with the dedicated crew responsible for all things electrical whatever the weather.

She also meets with the renowned gaffer John 'Biggles' Higgins whose film credits include Gravity and Skyfall, and travels to Warner Brothers Studios in Watford to join a Best Boy to discuss his role as he works on the latest JJ Abrams production.

Throughout, Antonia watches the cast and crews in action, grabbing them in the moments between filming, revealing their various and sometimes entirely surprising contribution to productions, exploring the latest equipment and challenges. Along the way she gathers fascinating and often very moving stories of life behind the scenes. These aren't just the tales of the great actors of our times, but of the people who made those actors and actresses great, content instead to be the stars behind the camera.

Producer: Stephen Garner.

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