Two "Special " visitors to
The Green Tree -1727
Kim Cattrall's visit…..
Golden Gobe winner, Hollywood and Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall called in for lunch at The Green Tree - 1727, 28 May 09 while filming the final episode of the BBC 1 popular series "Who Do You Think You Are ? "
Actress Kim explained that her grandfather suddenly left his Liverpool home abandoning her grandmother and his grandchildren “it has always been a mystery to our family why he would do this and I’m grateful for the opportunity to trace his life after he left the family home”. Her grandfather’s surprising story will be shown on BBC 1 and leaves a trail of bigamy which in part leads to Tudhoe Village were Kim Cattrall’s grandfather settled down in small miner’s cottage in Welsh Row (currently The Green Tree car park).
The Green Tree worked with the BBC to research the story and was able to produce photographs of her grandfather’s actual home.
Kim Cattrall’s grandfather left her mother Shane and sisters when she was only eight years old and she recalled her mother’s memories of her father tapping on the window beckoning her to go with him. The filming was done in strict secrecy and took place over a three hour period, but first everyone had lunch. Miss Cattrall was a lovely and welcome guest, choosing traditional British Cod & Chips!
Landlady Murrie D. Hopson presented a photograph of her grandfather’s cottage to Miss Cattrall who said she would “cherish it” and “couldn’t wait to show it to her mother”.
Anne Woods visit…..
The BBC & The Teletubbies come to The Green Tree !
The Green Tree was host yet again to the BBC as they set up their cameras to film a part of a documentary about Anne Wood CBE.
Anne was born in Spennymoor and is best known as the creator of succesful childrens programmes such as the Teletubbies and most recently In the Night Garden, which won a BAFTA Children's award.
Anne moved to Surrey, with her husband and children where she founded the National Federation of Children's Book Groups. She later switched to publishing children's books and then became a television producer Her independent production company, "Ragdoll Productions", was founded in 1984 and specialises in making original programming for children 10 and under. Ragdoll is based in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK and has produced Pob's Programme, Brum, Rosie and Jim, Tots TV, Teletubbies, Boohbah and In The Night Garden.
Both Anne and the crew were most welcome guests and enjoyed lunch at The Green Tree and signed our visitors book , wishing that “The Green Tree will bloom for ever !”