Talking portraits

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Talking portraits

Three portraits come to life to tell you about crime and punishment, politics and quality of life across the 13th to the 16th century. One is a lord, one is a wealthy businessman and one is a peasant.

Can you guess who has been selling beer without permission?


When we filmed this with actors, the man playing the peasant was the tallest of the 3 actors so they had to stand the others on boxes so that they could look down on him!

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You can see an amazing range of portrait paintings at the Walker Art Gallery.