The Furchester Hotel
Louise Gold starred as Funella Furchester, the proprietoress, filmed at BBC, Salford Media City Manchester Spring 2014, First aired on Cbeebies September 2014, first aired on Sesame Street’s Youtube Channel November 2014. It is a co-production between the BBC and The Children’s Television Workshop.
Sarah Burgess – Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz
Ryan Dillon – Elmo
Louise Gold – Funella Furchester, and a few other assorted characters
Andy Heath – Pillow in the theme song and other assorted characters
David Rudman – Cookie Monster
Andrew James Spooner – Fergus Fuzz
Mak Wilson – Puppet Captain, also performs, Harvey P Dull, Gonger and other assorted characters
Warrick Browlow-Pike – Assorted characters (including: Professor Fleece, and, Monster Monster)
Writers – Belinda Ward with:
Education Consultants Rosemarie T Truglio, Autumn Zitani, Professor Anna Craft, Jessica DeSalvo
Composers & Musical Directors – Andrew Blyth and Marten Joustra
Puppet Designer - Ed Christie
Producers – Carol-Lynn Parente and Tony Reed
Ryan Dillon and David Rudman are veteran Sesame Street puppeteers. Louise Gold has also previously puppeteered for The Children’s Television Workshop on Sesame Street itself (back in the early 1990s). Belinda Ward, and Carol-Lynn Parente are established members of the production team.
Louise Gold, Andy Heath, Andrew James Spooner, Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Katherine Smee, and, Michael Winsor had previously puppeteered together on That Puppet Game Show.
David Rudman, and, Mak Wilson had previously puppeteered on Labyrinth.
Louise Gold, and, David Rudman had previously performed at Jim Henson’s Memorial Service. Their recording credits include: Muppet Christmas Carol Soundtrack album, and A Green And Red Christmas, and Elmo’s Lowdown Hoedown.
Louise Gold and David Rudman also worked Tale Of The Bunny Picnic, for which Ed Christie was a designer
Louise Gold, David Rudman, and, Rebecca Nagan have previously puppeteered on The Muppet Christmas Carol, for which Ed Christie was a puppet builder
Louise Gold, Andrew James Spooner, Mak Wilson, Rebecca Nagan, Colin Purves, and, Katherine Smee had previously puppeteered together on Muppet Treasure Island, for which Ed Christie was a puppet builder.
Louise Gold and Warrick Browlow-Pike had previously puppeteered together on Transmission Impossible With Ed And Oucho, which was actually Warrick’s show but Louise was Guest Puppeteer.
Louise Gold and Katherine Smee had previously puppeteered together on Jim Henson’s The Animal Show.
Katherine Smee is the regular puppeteer on Justin’s House, which Tony Reed is also a writer on. For one episode(Series 3, Episode 6), Louise Gold did a stint as a Guest Puppeteer, performing Funella Furchester.
Louise Gold, Warrick Brownlow-Pike, and, Neil Sterenberg all went on to appear at Muppets And Puppets (Kaleidoscope Event), which included Louise and Warrick performing their Furchester Hotel puppets (Funella and Gonger respectively).
Links about The Furchester Hotel
Official section of the BBC Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/furchester-hotel -This includes clips from the show and games based on the show
Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Furchester_Hotel
Muppet Wiki Entry: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Furchester_Hotel
BBC Website Furchester Cast Interview with Louise Gold: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/thefurchesterhotel/funella
TV Rage Furchester Launch Interview: http://www.tvrage.com/news/10867/exclusive-interview-cookie-monster-funella-and-furgus-on-the-furchester-hotel (Interview with all the main characters, and, their puppeteers, and a photograph of the puppeteers with their characters – lefthanded Louise is half-hidden by her puppet)
The Muppet Mindset Article about Andrew James Spooner: https://muppetmindset.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/whos-that-a-guide-to-the-lesser-known-muppeteers-part-1-andrew-james-spooner/ - it includes a lovely picture of The Furchester Hotel puppeteers (including: Louise Gold, Sarah Burgess, Andrew James Spooner, and, Ryan Dillon) at work on the Furchester Hotel set.
Cheshire Mum’s Blog account of going behind the scenes at The Furchester Hotel: http://www.cheshiremum.co.uk/2014/09/the-day-we-checked-into-the-furchester-hotel/ (particularly nice description of Funella)
The Babycentre’s account of meeting Elmo at The Furchester Hotel: http://community.babycentre.co.uk/journal/oxfordupnorth/1636969/meeting_elmo_at_the_furchester_hotel.
This Is Life Blog, account of Meeting the Furchester Hotel Cast and Crew: http://www.angelathisislife.com/2014/09/elmo-and-cookie-monster-on-cbeebies.html
Broadcast Now’s Description of the set behind the scenes: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/features/furchester-hotel/5077896.article
The Composers – article about the composers of the score: http://www.thecomposerworks.com/project/sesame-street-comes-to-salford-for-new-cbeebies-show/
Daily Mail article promoting the series: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2753243/Get-ready-new-monster-hit-A-vast-set-70-new-puppets-s-Sesame-Street-meets-Fawlty-Towers-BBC-s-gambled-fortune-it.html
Article from the Shropshire Star: http://www.buckatreehallhotel.com/blog/furchester-v-buckatree (not clear if Louise was puppeteering Funella for it)
Article about Barts Hospital event: http://www.bartscharity.org.uk/News/Detail/Afternoon-tea-with-The-Furchester-Hotel (not clear if Louise was puppeteering Funella for it)
Article about a Furchester Event at Millenium Mayfair: http://www.ababyonboard.com/afternoon-tea-elmo-furchester-hotel/ (not clear if Louise was puppeteering Funella for it)
Geek Mummy’s preview of Furchester Hotel: http://www.geekmummy.com/2014/09/preview-furchester-hotel/