Almost five million people a week have been watching current prime-time drama series One of Us, but few were as eager to be put in the picture about events unfolding in the fictional Scottish Highlands village of Braeston as three Borders artists.
That’s because Geof Hickey and Siobhan O’Hehir, both of Ancrum, and Justine Miller, of Allanton in Berwickshire, were not only keen to keep up with the twists and turns being offered by the BBC1 series but were also keen to see their work being exhibited on a national stage, albeit in a background role.
Geof, Siobhan and Justine were all asked by the production company making One of Us to supply paintings to be hung up on the walls of the farmhouses featured in the show, filmed in and round Peebles last autumn.
Geof, a former art teacher, said: “We presume that the agents working for the BBC found us in the 2015 Crossing Borders Artists’ Directory.
“We have all seen some of our work, albeit briefly.
“It amuses us to spot our pictures, but, quite frankly, we are getting very involved with the plot, so much so that I suddenly discovered that in the background of a scene was one of my paintings that I had not recognised immediately.”
One of Us ended its four-episode run on BBC1 on Tuesday but is still available on catch-up.
Written by Harry and Jack Williams, it is directed by William McGregor and stars an ensemble cast including Laura Fraser, Juliet Stevenson, Joanna Vanderham, John Lynch, Adrian Edmondson and Georgina Campbell.
It attracted a viewing figure of 5.66m for its first episode, though that later dipped to under 5m.