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The first film to be made by the Horrible Histories team
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The ghost sequence was not achieved using digital or optical effects. It was captured 'in camera', using a Victorian stage technique called 'Pepper's Ghost': Jim Howick's performance was reflected onto a sheet of angled glass, positioned in front of the camera, while Mat Baynton performed behind the glass.
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) was a huge influence on the filmmakers, if only as an example of how to make a historical film on a tiny budget.
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The banner proclaiming a welcome to the 'King of Spin' echoes the real-life incident when souvenir mugs were produced, hailing England cricketer (spin bowler) Ashley Giles as the 'King of Spain'.
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Parts of this were filmed at the actual Globe Theatre on London's South Bank, a replica of the theatre that stood there in Shakespeare's day.
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Although it shares most of the cast, this technically has no affiliation with the Horrible Histories (2009) TV series.
Most of the film was shot in York during an especially wet winter. Tudor London was largely recreated in the inner courtyard of Castle Bolton.
One of the writers, Laurence Rickard, is a huge fan of Star Wars, hence the various references within the movie to the franchise.
The Earl Of Croydon quotes Obi Wan Kenobi when he rescues Anne from the muggers: "Poor people are easily startled but they will return and in greater numbers".
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