If you’ve watched any of the recent costume dramas on the BBC, you can’t have failed to notice that Chesterfield sofas and Chesterfield tub chairs seem to crop up in all of them. Even during the course of the last 2 weeks we’ve seen traditional Chesterfield sofas, settees and Chesterfield tub chairs in ‘Page 8’, the espionage thriller, ‘Glorious 39’, a Second World War intelligence thriller, ‘The Duchess’, a drama about the life of the Duchess of Devonshire, and ‘The Hour’, a fast-paced drama about live news broadcasting set against a background of political intrigue. Are these the same pieces of furniture doing the rounds? Is the Props Department just shifting the same pieces around to save a few bob? It’s impossible to say really. They might be. After all, we all know things are tough at the moment: money’s tight, and even the biggest corporations aren’t immune from financial constraints. If they are the same pieces of Chesterfield furniture, then surely we should applaud the Corporation because it’s using the money we licence payers ‘donate’ wisely. If they’re not the same pieces, then it just shows how popular Chesterfield furniture really is.
It’s not just a recent phenomenon either. The Beeb has been using Chesterfield sofas and chairs in its programmes for ages now. They’ve cropped up in ‘Luther’ and ‘Torchwood’, not to mention ‘East Enders’, ‘New Tricks’, ‘Restoration Home’ and countless other programmes. What does this tell you? Well, apart from the BBC maybe being thrifty, it also tells you just how versatile Chesterfield furniture is. Chesterfield sofas have a unique quality, and that’s that they can fit in naturally with any surroundings or decorative scheme. It doesn’t matter if the programme is based in the eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth or twenty first century: the classic Chesterfield settee looks equally at home. It’s the same in domestic homes too. A Chesterfield sofa will sit comfortably in a traditionally decorated home or a stark modern apartment. They’re comfortable, infinitely versatile and ooze class and sophistication. Is it any wonder our national broadcasting channel uses them so frequently?