|The Dark Side of the Sun|
Alex Gourlay was designer for The Dark Side of the Sun, and has a premanent reminder of his time on the series: a bronze head of Asmodeus sits in his garden in Argyll. Alex says that a designer would often be recruited by the producer even before the director, and would be responsible for the whole appearance of the series. As well as designing and building the magnificent sets used on The Dark Side of the Sun, Alex was involved in selecting locations, designing props and staging effects - he even took a turn as animal handler.
Alex went on to become Head of Design at BBC Scotland, before leaving and setting up "Port Appin Studio". Click the link alongside to view Alex's web site.
Alex has kindly made available below his record of development of the sets used on The Dark Side of the Sun, from his original models through set construction to final dressing. Reference photographs were needed because sets were dismantled and rebuilt for each episode.
|The Kastello Aghios Theodoros|
|Tierney's House on Rhodes|
|Ismini's House on Rhodes|
|Tierney's House in England|
It really is amazing how much the actors' appearances were altered by simple wigs and make-up.
Here we have the 'real' Peter Egan and Emily Richard (note the short hair) posing for reference photographs which Gourlay gave to the BBC Scenic Artist, Brian Whiteside to work from.
Whiteside produced the portrait of Tibald de Montrefort and the little tryptich of Agnes de Beauvioir which was based on the sketch below prepared by Gourlay.
Gourlay also designed a tapestry (right) for Lavalliere's study.
Most of the principal locations on Rhodes had been selected and the story written specifically for them (see "Locations" page).
Gourlay says he found it strange working on location without his usual crew of joiners. As a condition of filming in Greece there was a "ghost" crew of Greeks in Athens somewhere who he never saw! For the scene in which Lavalliere wines and dines Anne Tierney out of doors Gourlay was required to knock up an impromptu gazebo complete with furniture. The local workmen spoke only Greek and so it was all done with sign language and drawings.
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