Uppark House, Petersfield West Sussex, 9th December 2008
1. Wide shot of Uppark House.
2. Mid of a lady in Victorian costume arranging a stand of holly inside the house
3. Mid of decorated Christmas tree with the presents
4. Close-up of a slice of dried orange and a bunch of cinnamon tied with brown string. Zoom out to show more of tree with other bunches of orange and cinnamon with some battery operated candles and white decorative strings.
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sarah Stevens, Uppark House Manager:
"What we're doing is showing the below stairs, the servants areas, so they're very much part of what's going on for Christmas but they're actually working through the Christmas period. But they're the ones that are going to be doing all the preparation, getting everything ready for the family who will then be entertaining and enjoying Christmas. But equally the servants will be, but in a much more simple way."
6. A lady in Victorian costume puts a pudding onto the Welsh Dresser and walks away to the right.
7. Mid shot of an old copy of the Times newspaper.
8. The lady in the Victorian costume walks in from the right and tidies the Welsh Dresser.
9. Close of the china tea service on the kitchen table. Pull back to show big fan napkin, and the edge of a platter of food on the table. UPSOUND (English) Sarah Stevens, Uppark House Manager
"This was the only room that was actually damaged in the fire"
10. Mid of table with platter, which is a salad in the centre of the table surrounded by cups and saucers and plain brown Christmas crackers decorated with the orange and cinnamon seen on the tree.
11. A close-up of a hand stirring the mincemeat with a wooden spoon.
UPSOUND (English) "It's pretty concrete like actually. It wasn't this bad when I put it together on Friday night."
12. A tray of mince pies is placed on the table.
13. Close of the branch of a Christmas tree decorated in red balls in front of a knife-polishing machine.
14. Copper pots in the scullery.
15. A shot of the carefully folded napkins
16. Neat piles of candles and candlesticks in the candle room on top of a wooden dresser.
17. Zoom out from crest of dolls house to reveal whole house
18. Various close shots of dolls and rooms in dolls house
19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sarah Stevens, Uppark House Manager:
"The dolls house, it dates from around 1730, so it is of a very similar time and style as this house. So it is very much a representation of the house although it's not Uppark itself. It's not based on this house. You have at the bottom the servants rooms; they obviously have the lower ceilings and that's where all the work is being carried out. Then on the next floor you have the taller ceilings, much grander rooms with paintings on the walls, and even so far as the service for tea is made out of silver which would have been very similar to what you would have had here in the house itself."
20. Close of the front door of the dolls house with a scale-sized tree either side.
21. Close of the housekeeper doll with a china tea service and tiny decorated Christmas tree and some presents at the base of the tree.
22. Close up of the mini-presents showing the detail of the workmanship, including a name and address.
LEAD IN :
Christmas is coming and people across the world are decorating their homes.
In the UK, one country mansion is looking to the past for inspiration.
Uppark House on the South Downs in Southern England, is re-creating a traditional Victorian Christmas both in the main house and in the servants quarters.
Uppark House is a time capsule of early Victoriana.
The English Baroque-style stately home boasts an elegant Georgian interior which has been richly decorated for Christmas.
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