Bath makes a great impression on Rory Bremner
Impressionist Rory Bremner has been in Bath in search of the country’s greatest view for a new TV series.
The 51-year-old visited some of the city’s best-known attractions including the Roman Baths, the Thermae Spa, the Royal Crescent – and the street called Perfect View, behind Camden Crescent.
It was for Rory Bremner’s Great British View, a 20-episode ITV daytime show, which is due to be aired next spring.
Bremner said he had always been a fan of the city and this trip had strengthened his opinion about Bath’s beauty.
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He said: “I like Bath anyway – it had me at ‘hello’. But serendipitously, we ended up at the Royal Crescent at 5pm, on a sunny evening, just as the sun was going down, making the stone glow.
“It has certainly been one of my favourite places. I used to come to Bath more often. The hotels like Lucknam Park and the Royal Crescent, they are just fantastic. Also, the little cafes and tea shops, restaurants, and it also has remarkably good shops.”
He added: “It has that West Country spirituality. It is where Georgian architecture and gentrification meets camper van hippyness.”
During his two-day visit Bremner was keen to learn more about the history and culture of the city and was given a helping hand by actor Feargus Woods-Dunlop, who was performing at the Roman Baths, and Martin Salter, who dresses in Regency garb to greet visitors outside the Jane Austen Centre, who introduced him to period dancing.
The Chronicle also put him in touch with politician and local history buff Bryan Chalker, who then joined Bremner for an interview in the waters of the Thermae Spa.
Over the course of filming for the programme, Bremner has visited the length and breadth of the country, taking in sights all over the UK, including in Edinburgh, the Lake District, the Gower Peninsula, the Cotswolds, Liverpool and Brighton.
He said that during that time he had learnt a lot about what was needed to create the perfect view.
“It is about the framing of something”, he said. “Whether it is by nature or architecture and human design. I mean, when you look at the architecture of the Royal Crescent there is something pleasing about that design, it is a perfect design.
“You need something that makes it wonderful and I suppose here the key to that is perspective. The Royal Crescent absolutely epitomises the pleasing nature of perspective.”
At Perfect View, he was able to see that the view over the city from Camden is no longer quite so perfect because of the growth of trees.