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To all spider enthusiasts,

My name is Laura and I’m part of a team producing a new BBC4 natural history documentary about British Spiders and would be so grateful if you might be able to help.

Our 90-minute documentary special will be exploring the world of spiders in the domestic home. To do this, we will be populating an empty detached house with several native British species for 4 – 6 weeks this June/July 2014. We will then be using cutting-edge technology and imaging techniques to reveal the amazing world, behaviours and anatomy - and wonder - of these very spiders which live alongside us in our homes, gardens and neighbourhoods.

We’re currently looking for the perfect house for our spiders to move in to, and so I hoped to open up this discussion incase any members of this forum might have any thoughts on a suitable property.

Here are a few more details:

Location: We’re looking ideally for a detached house that could be hired vacant, or with minimal disturbance/vibration, in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire (or anywhere accessible from the M40 or within 1 hour of London).

Dates: 4-6 weeks in June/July 2014

Style: Victorian gothic, with a slightly eerie or spooky feel. Grandly furnished is preferable though not necessary. Minimum room requirements are Kitchen, 2 Bedrooms, Bathroom, Sitting/Dining room, Stairs (+ Attic if possible). The house would ideally be hired vacant, or with minimal disturbance to allow our arachnid stars to settle and feel comfortable, during the filming period.

Thanks so much for your time in reading about our project, and I do look forward to hearing from anyone that might be interested in suggesting a property.

You can contact me via [email protected]. Some photos would be enormously helpful to start!

Many thanks once again,

Laura

Laura Voak
Windfall Films
BAFTA and Emmy-award winning
specialist factual television
Windfall Films - Award Winning Television
 

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What species do you plan on using?

Also, why does it need an eerie/spooky feel? To add extra fear factor and increase people's fear in these spiders that they share their home with?

Always apprehensive about shows on spider due to most of them portraying a negative image of them, usually done in bad taste, hopefully this isn't one of them....
 

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Surely the BBC4 audience are more discerning than that? I would be more worried if it was Nat Geo or worse Living TV.
 

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To all spider enthusiasts,

My name is Laura and I’m part of a team producing a new BBC4 natural history documentary about British Spiders and would be so grateful if you might be able to help.

Our 90-minute documentary special will be exploring the world of spiders in the domestic home. To do this, we will be populating an empty detached house with several native British species for 4 – 6 weeks this June/July 2014. We will then be using cutting-edge technology and imaging techniques to reveal the amazing world, behaviours and anatomy - and wonder - of these very spiders which live alongside us in our homes, gardens and neighbourhoods.

We’re currently looking for the perfect house for our spiders to move in to, and so I hoped to open up this discussion incase any members of this forum might have any thoughts on a suitable property.

Here are a few more details:

Location: We’re looking ideally for a detached house that could be hired vacant, or with minimal disturbance/vibration, in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire (or anywhere accessible from the M40 or within 1 hour of London).

Dates: 4-6 weeks in June/July 2014

Style: Victorian gothic, with a slightly eerie or spooky feel. Grandly furnished is preferable though not necessary. Minimum room requirements are Kitchen, 2 Bedrooms, Bathroom, Sitting/Dining room, Stairs (+ Attic if possible). The house would ideally be hired vacant, or with minimal disturbance to allow our arachnid stars to settle and feel comfortable, during the filming period.

Thanks so much for your time in reading about our project, and I do look forward to hearing from anyone that might be interested in suggesting a property.

You can contact me via [email protected]. Some photos would be enormously helpful to start!

Many thanks once again,

Laura

Laura Voak
Windfall Films
BAFTA and Emmy-award winning
specialist factual television
Windfall Films - Award Winning Television
Just a suggestion but would you not be better filming in a derelict house you would have more chance of seeing an array of spiders as well as other things, there are plenty of old shit pits (ex council) boarded up, surely this would keep costs down they might not charge you for hire.
 

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there are plenty of old shit pits (ex council) boarded up, surely this would keep costs down they might not charge you for hire.
Are you trying to imply that anyone who lives in social housing lives in a shitpit?
because thats how I read it .

as for the op are you planning on introducing spiders into the house or filming what already inhabits there ?
 

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Personally I'm not fussed how you portray them, it should be an interesting show!

But sadly I can't be of assistance regarding property.
 
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