Over The Rainbow filmed near Welwyn Garden City

A TIMES Territory venue provided the setting for the first episode of a new reality TV show which hit our screens at the weekend.

Tewin Bury Farm, near WGC, featured in Friday’s broadcast of Over The Rainbow, in which celebrated composer Lord Lloyd Webber searches for a star performer to play the role of Dorothy in his new West End production of The Wizard of Oz.

The BBC One show saw a shortlist of 54 hopefuls reduced to 20 against the backdrop of the Hertford Road site, which had been re-named Dorothy Farm.

Filming for the programme took place over three days at the end of February.

And as well as receiving a visit from Lord Lloyd Webber, staff at Tewin Bury met presenter Graham Norton and talent judges Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church and John Partridge.


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Debbie Williams, deputy managing director at the farm, said it was exciting to see the her business on her TV.

“It was such a good programme,” she said.

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“We got fantastic exposure.”

Mrs Williams, 53, said the producers of the show chose Tewin Bury because they were looking for a backdrop to mirror Dorothy’s farmyard upbringing in Kansas.

She added: “It created a good feel good factor for our staff.”

Over The Rainbow can be seen on BBC One every Saturday at 7.25pm.

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