Millions of viewers see Painshill on TV’s The Greatest Dancer

Millions of viewers saw Painshill on prime time Saturday night TV as the 18th-century landscape park featured on BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer.

The show, in which dance acts compete for a £50,000 prize and the chance to appear on Strictly Come Dancing, had a week with an international theme and contestant Hannah Martin was tasked with performing a routine based on Greece.

Painshill’s replica of the Temple of Bacchus was used in a video segment in which Hannah, a former British Rhythmic Gymnastics champion, practised her routine before performing it to judges Oti Mabuse, Cheryl Cole, Matthew Morrison and Todrick Hall.

Paul Griffiths, Director of Painshill, said: “This shoot was great fun to do and a brilliant opportunity to show Painshill off on one of TV’s biggest shows. We’ve had lots of positive feedback, with plenty of comments about how beautiful the park looked!”

Despite appearances, the Temple of Bacchus isn’t actually Greek – the original was built to house a statue of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. The version at Painshill is one of several eccentric follies dotted around the 158-acre Painshill garden, developed in the 18th century by the honourable Charlies Hamilton.

Painshill is a popular location for film crews – its lake currently features in an advert for insurance company Experian, and it also featured in the Netflix hit Black Mirror.

Polymedia supports Painshill with a brief to help communicate its unique offering and support its “Where a Walk is a Work of Art” campaign. The campaign is designed to expand Painshill’s profile beyond Surrey, reaching out to regional, national and broadcast media and audiences including families, couples, and gardening and history enthusiasts.

 

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