Carters Steam Fair features on BBC's Worzel Gummidge episode

Carters Steam Fair features on BBC's Worzel Gummidge episode

Eagle-eyed TV viewers watching last night's episode of Worzel Gummidge on the BBC spotted that the show had a helping hand from a popular Maidenhead-based steam fair.

Filmed in early July at Pedestal Field in West Wycombe, the episode shows Carters Steam Fair from the opening credits and throughout. 

Titled ‘Calliope Jane’, the episode features a friend of Aunt Sally who helps Worzel with his dream of visiting the fair with his scarecrow friends while the humans sleep.

On social media, Carters Steam Fair fans were quick to recognise the traditional yellow and red rides and fairground art, with actors Mackenzie Crook and Bill Bailey starring in the series. 

Fairground owner Joby Carter and his team also made several appearances in the show as ride operators alongside the cast.

Joby said: “We often hire the fair for film and TV productions, (we have previously featured in Paddington 2 and Elton John’s Rocket Man), but it is always exciting when filming takes place at the fair itself, with our rides and living wagons on site too.

"It’s not often you can look out of your bedroom window on to a film set."

The production team created signs to rebrand the fair to 'Peregrine’s Fair', and used computer-generated imagery to cover other bits of the fair that displayed ‘Carters’.

Joby added: "The build was incredibly hard as the ground conditions were very soft - you may have noticed the Ford County tractor and also some brown patches from ruts in the ground. Luckily, it’s a forgiving farmers field and we are good at doing ground repairs.

"A few of us from the fair did our bit of supporting acting which was fun, and included ten of us in a big ‘bed’ with Bill Bailey. 

"Mackenzie Crook directed the episode and was fantastic to work with, he took a genuine interest in our vintage fairground rides and equipment and even took the time to pose with my book ‘Signwriting tips, tricks and inspiration’."

The Carters team have just finished their Christmas mini funfair at White Waltham and are now planning their 2022 tour.

You can watch last night's episode of Worzel Gummidge on BBC iPlayer.

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