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Students' Union in the spotlight: BBC chooses College as film location

Posted on 18/12/2009

Alumus Richard Turley returns to the college to film a BBC programme.

Tommy’s Bar was transformed into Baron’s Concert Hall for the night when it became the focal point of filming for a BBC factual drama.

Directed by Richard Turley, an alumus of the College, the 30-minute programme was filmed on Wednesday night.

Drawing on influences from fairy tales, the drama sets out to create something of a modern day fable. The film centres around following the fictional story of a girl who becomes friends with a boy on the internet. In the online world she is a lonely princess living in a castle, and he is called White Knight.

It turns out the pair have a lot in common so they arrange to meet up at a gig for their favourite band - the Poison Apples - who are playing live at the Baron′s Concert Hall. But on arriving at the venue, the princess soon discovers her new friend is no knight in shining armour, but a man more than three times her age.

Interspersed between the main storyline are various reconstructions of real life experiences from children, ranging from examples of cyber bullying, gaming addition to issues on personal information security.

It will be aired on February 9 on BBC One, BBC Two, CBBC and on the internet, to coincide with Safer Internet Day, which aims to raise awareness among parents and teachers, as well as youngsters, on using the internet more safely across the globe.

Richard, who graduated with a History degree in 2002, said: “The Internet is a great place full of amazing possibilities but children are often unaware of the dangers that exist online.The idea behind the film is to help raise a greater awareness of all the issues to be mindful of.”

He added, “It was great being back at Royal Holloway. Everyone at the Students' Union was very accommodating - although it was a little bit different being there without a pint in my hand!”


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