Oct 3, 2012
Eleanor Scoones and our own Lucy Worsley took to the Clore Learning Centre stage to tell us all about Lucy’s latest venture onto our TV screens Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls. Eleanor, a producer and director on the show, gave us a fascinating insight into how such documentaries are put together, from drawing up an initial proposal, to researching, scriptwriting, filming, and finally post-production, or “spending hours stuck in a dark office rearranging Post-It notes” as she memorably described it. Lucy spoke further about her passion for 17th-century history and its extraordinary female characters, like the lovable Cockney sparrow Nell Gwyn and pioneering playwright Aphra Behn. What’s more, we got some great behind-the-scenes titbits, from riding a horse named Jeffrey side-saddle to the story behind buying that red coat!