July 15, 2011 In
video and photos: BBC's Paul Merton in camel filming at Berrow
beach looked more like a Middle Eastern desert than a Somerset
seaside village on Friday (July 15th) when camels were used during
the filming of a new TV series!
personality Paul Merton, who is a familiar face on BBC1's Have
I Got News For You, visited the beach near Burnham-On-Sea
on Friday to film a humorous, offbeat Channel 5 TV series about
the British seaside.
production company Tiger Aspect picked Berrow to film the unique
match of camel polo for the series, as pictured here. The animals
were filmed taking part in a series of polo matches while Mr Merton
small crowd of onlookers gathered on the beach to watch the unusual
spectacle, including photographers. Mr Merton seemed to enjoy
all the attention.
District Council's property manager, Tim Mander, who negotiated
the location deal, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was great
that Berrow was chosen to host this unusual event and we welcomed
such a well-liked and indeed loved TV personality as Paul Merton."
He added: "The fact that Berrow continues to be
the preferred location of numerous production companies is a testament
both to the beauty and accessibility of the beach."
council says coverage like this helps to promote Berrow and the
Burnham area as a beach holiday location.
recently featured in a CBBC children's drama in October 2010 while
Casualty filmed part of an episode in January 2011 on the
Bruno and Sooty and Sweep have filmed programmes on neighbouring
The film crews record the action while Paul Merton commentates
The camels raced across Berrow beach during Friday's polo
Paul Merton speaking with the camel's owners during the filming
The TV cameras filmed every angle of the unique polo game
Mr Merton with Burnham-On-Sea.com's photographer, Jason Adams
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