What do The Queen and the Caped Crusader have in common? Set decorators! In this week's Movie Mansions, interior designer Martin Lawrence Bullard meets two of the most talented decorators in the business - showing that it takes more than a splash of magnolia and a roll of anaglypta to transform a house into a movie set.
This week Martyn meets the Queen as he pops into her Buckingham Palace bedroom! Well, not quite the Queen herself, but it is the Queen's bedroom from the Helen Mirren film of the same name. But what does the Queen's bedroom actually look like? Or indeed her private study? Martyn talks to Emmy Award-winning set decorator Tina Jones, to hear how she went about creating regal rooms based upon real locations in the magnificent Brocket Hall.
And from the reality of the realm to the realms of unreality, Martyn meets three-time Academy Award-winning set decorator Peter Young and the legendary art director Terry Ackland-Snow to talk about how they transformed gothic-style Knebworth House into Wayne Manor for Tim Burton's Batman, including fascinating insights such as why it is a nuisance that you can't drive a car through the house windows!
We also talk to film historian Professor Will Brooker about how, when it comes to interior design in the Oval Office, every new administration likes to set their own precedent...
With special thanks to Brocket Hall and Knebworth House for allowing us to film at their stunning properties. You can visit the properties featured in today's film - including The White House (but sadly not the Oval Office!)