The film crew and Ben had arrived earlier at the museum to set up. It was a brilliant crew to work with, and there was also the museum curator call Bonnie who would be taking us to the stores. The fist scene we had to do was me and Ben walking through the main door and meeting Bonnie. We had to do this scene seven times ! Here's is filming walking to the stores where the main shots were done.
I'm used to laying out skeletons, but it's unusual when it's something which looks so human-like. It was also a real privilege to work besides Ben (who is a bit of an expert on gorillas) and Bonnie who is clearly very smart and very proud of the museum collection as well.
In a break in filming I had a wee look around the shelves. There are loads and loads of stuffed animals and bones.
They had two elephant skulls, one with real horns and the others made out of wood. In front of them was a raven and a chough.
This rat looks a bit sleepy:
This shows how damaged the skeleton was in places:
The interesting thing was that it was not only gorilla bones in this box. There was two other animals that I have never handled before. I'm not going to say what they were in case you have not seen the clip.
I'm writing this on the day before broadcast, and I haven't seen the full film yet, but I think it's going to be pretty awesome. Big thanks to Darren, Debbie and the rest of the amazing crew, as well as Ben Garrod, Bonnie Griffin, Bristol Museum for this fantastic bone mystery !
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