Characters in the story
Lord and Lady Hartingwell live in Hartingwell Manor
is the Lord of the Manor and has lived there for the last twenty yearssince the death of his parents in a mysterious hot air ballooning incident involving aneagle, a crossbow and two men dressed all in orange (but that is another story). JonnyHartingwell is independently wealthy, although he did inherit a large amount of moneyupon the death of his parents, as he made a fortune dealing in diamonds in the 1980s.Whilst he made this fortune, he also made some important enemies.
was a famous pop star, Shandi Walker, in the 1990s and retired fromher career the day after she and her fiancé announced their engagement in the Timesnewspaper. Not everyone in the music business thought that the pair would last asShandi had a reputation for falling in love with the rich and famous only for them to splitup. She had been engaged to Jim Shoutee, lead singer of The Idiots, and Sir RodneyFarquar-Rich a young aristocrat.
Lord and Lady Hartingwell
do not have any children and have spent their money oncreating a huge collection of animals in particular some very yappy dogs. They have alsodeveloped an impressive collection of modern artwork including sculptures, paintings andcarvings. These include the famous
‘Toilet on a Sunny Day’ create
d by the brilliant Britishartist Steve Dangerous,
however, rumours run around the art community that theHartingwells do not always pay the full amount when buying from young, struggling artists.Rarely seen at the Manor after they were first married, the couple lived in London in a largehouse which allowed them to be seen at the best parties and nightclubs. All of this changedvery quickly upon the death of the last Lord and Lady Hartingwell as the couple strangelyturned up with three removal vans only three hours after the hot air balloon crashed into theground.They both love the Manor and its estate, promoting wildlife and local charities, and havebeen featured on the BBC programme
They were both on the show telling MattBaker, who is also on
The One Show
, how they have brought back the type of animals whichwere on the estate in the 17
Century. These include sheep with horns, deer, HighlandCattle and a rare breed of duck. Matt Baker was very impressed and praised them highly fortheir work.