Michael Buerk in a facepack and mouse brows – and ladies with no knickers

1 Oct
Fine and dandy: Michael Buerk in Georgian make up

Fine and dandy: Michael Buerk in Georgian make up

Poor Michael Buerk had an awful lot to put up with when he was filming with us for the new ITV series Inside the National Trust.

Wordsworth House and Garden is one of the stars of the 20-part behind-the-scenes programme starting this Sunday and showing over the autumn and winter.

In each episode, Michael had to learn a new skill, often with embarrassingly hilarious results.

Assistant director Hannah recalls: “The funniest moment for me was Michael being ‘helped’ by head gardener Amanda to slap dripping homemade 18th-century facepack onto his own cheeks! I nearly had to leave the room because I was laughing so much.

“The most interesting moments came when we were filming segments about Georgian make-up and underwear. I discovered they used mouse skins for eyebrows – and ladies wore no knickers!”

Inside the National Trust, presented by Michael Buerk and featuring six National Trust properties, is on ITV1 on Sundays at 12.25pm.

Filming: A servants'  "jingling match"

Filming: A servants’ “jingling match” with Michael Buerk. Hannah is in the yellow cardigan

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