Home improvement show films at Presley’s Graceland

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

There’s a part of all of us that wants to go to Graceland – and US home improvement show presenter Tom Silva has finally got his wish.

Silva, who fronts the PBS programme Ask This Old House, was once turned away from Elvis Presley’s iconic mansion while on a road trip as a youngster – but returned recently to film a segment on the mansion’s front lawn that featured a demonstration of how to tackle ceramic tile projects.

An audience of around 40 people plus the show’s production staff also got to join him on the lawn to watch. Local publication The Memphis Commercial Appeal has the story:

Popular PBS home-improvement show tapes at Graceland

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“This show has a great reputation for showing how to preserve historic homes, so for us it was a no-brainer when we were asked to participate,” said Kevin Kern, director of public relations for Elvis Presley Enterprises. “It’s the first time we’ve had an actual audience taping on the grounds, but it went well. It was a unique opportunity for us, and I think it’ll be of great interest to viewers.”

The reasoning behind the decision to film at Graceland was simple, explained show producer Christopher Wolfe.

“Graceland is one of the most famous private residences in the world, and we thought it would be fun to film here,” Wolfe said. “This is a new segment for us, and we wanted the first one to be special, and we couldn’t think of a better place than Graceland to start.” Read the full story here…

Now that’s the kind of home improvement project we’d all like to get involved in…

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