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Vintage specialist delivers props to Jericho

JerichoScottish vintage specialist Scaramanga is providing some of the props for one of the new year’s early tips for big TV ratings success.

Just weeks after staff at the Cupar firm were celebrating striking Hollywood gold for supplying Warner Brothers movie Pan, they are providing more authentic products for use in major ITV1/STV drama Jericho, which starts on Thursday.

Set in the Yorkshire Dales of the 1870s, it stars former Call The Midwife actress Jessica Raine as Annie Quaintain, a woman who refuses to let tragedy define her after he gambler husband dies, leaving her penniless.

She takes herself and her children to Jericho – a community of pioneers, settlers and outcasts in search of a new life – and meets Ralph Coates, played by Clarke Peters (The Wire, Notting Hill), a self-styled railway agent with secrets to hide, who offers her a hand.

Before long she’s a lynchpin of the community and events quickly envelope her in a way she will never forget. The show has been created by Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Doctor Who) and ITV Studios Director of Drama Kate Bartlett (Vera, Marchlands).

Scaramanga scored its role in the show when its props buyers came to them for a set of vintage padlocks to be used as action props in a dramatic scene where some doors are burst open. The company’s reputation for authentic vintage items including padlocks, chests, homewares and furniture meant it was the first choice of supplier.

Supplying TV shows and movies with hard-to-find authentic vintage items is now a regular occurrence for the award-winning Fife firm.

Previous Hollywood customers include Disney fantasy Maleficent starring Angelia Jolie – they provided more than 100 medieval-looking pieces including decorated vintage trunks, chests and homewares – and the Lord of the Rings blockbuster The Hobbit – they supplied the antique brass padlocks in Bilbo’s house.

The firm also supplied one of its leather bags to 2014 Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow, but it didn’t make it onto the big screen.

The company, which also sells its own-brand leather bags and satchels as well as homewares online as well as through shops in Cupar and Edinburgh, has also been used as a supplier of vintage props for TV shows including Strictly Come Dancing and 60 Minute Makeover.

Speaking about the company’s latest TV role, Scaramanga owner Carl Morenikeji said: “We’re very pleased to have supplied this new drama series. We were the ideal place to source some of the items required for the Victorian setting and we hope it does well. We’ll certainly be glued to the screen each week looking out for our padlocks…as well as following the twists and turns in Annie’s life.”

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