1. START: EXTERIOR, LAURA'S HOUSE. V/O
day really started the night before, when I arrived at Laura's house
at around 11pm, fully intending to go straight to bed in anticipation
of a very early start. However, two mugs of hot chocolate and an
in-depth discussion of 'Big Brother' later.........
CUT TO: INTERIOR< LAURA'S BEDROOM. 1AM
of three girls in sleeping bags, rolling around the floor, laughing
hysterically at bad Jackie Chan jokes.
scene, but girls asleep. Alarm going off (showing time to be 4.45am).
[vague groaning noise] Who's bloody idea *was* this?
AMY: Shut up and get out of bed, we're late.
FADE TO: CAMDEN TOWN TUBE STATION, 7.20AM.... V/O
another hot chocolate and a mix-up at Edgware Road tube (the source
of all evil....) We finally made it in time to meet up with Nick.
Does anyone know where this pub is?
AMY: I think we forgot our map...
SIAN: Don't worry about maps, I know where I'm going. Trust me......
sentence, coupled with my appalling sense of direction, is enough
to send shivers down people's spines.
FADE TO: A PUB IN CHALK FARM, 7.45AM. EXTERIOR
we arrived with no major deviations from the planned route (not
even I can get lost walking up a straight road)..... We were herded
inside and asked to sign release forms (probably along the lines
of "if you die, you agree it wasn't our fault. Honest!").
After which we were herded back outside again to give the crew a
chance to set up without killing anyone.
While standing outside, there was some extras-bonding until Simon
and Jess walked past and said hi to everyone before disappearing
inside the pub. A few minutes later Simon reappeared to start a
conversation about Festivals, drugs and getting off with dogs. Like
WHIP TO: FIRST SCENE BEING PREPARED. INTERIOR. AT BAR.
As all the extras were strategically placed to be out of shot, they
were given half-empty glasses of evil smelling liquid to pretend
to drink, and full ashtrays. The smoke machine was started to give
it that authentic "pub on a Friday night" look. We had
to act drunken and rowdy, yet silent..... Myself and someone called
Ben were placed at the bar beside the two main actors who promptly
asked us to try not to upstage them. It was a difficult task, that
was only just about managed, especially as after the first take,
Simon turned to us to give us our "motivation" for the
Right, Sian, you've just killed a tramp with a hammer, and chucked
his body in a river. Ben is the first person you've told drunkenly
and now you have to plot to kill him...
SIAN: Was it a small hammer or a big sledgehammer?
SIMON: Oh, a really big hammer, yeah.....
I finally achieved my ambition of playing a hammer-wielding serial
killer on telly, even if my stunning performance hits the editing
7. FADE TO: PUB INTERIOR. MID - MORNING.
rest of the morning was spent with the extras sitting watching Simon
and Jess filming their scenes together. It was fascinating to see
how it was all done, and to see the first glimpses of what we'll
actually be seeing when the series is finally screened. The chemistry
between Jess and Simon was evident off-screen too, and we enjoyed
their Big Brother contestant impressions, and "original"
versions of the new Posh Spice solo song. However much they mucked
about and made each other (and us) laugh between takes, they were
incredibly professional and extremely talented when it came to the
actual filming of the scenes. After a while, we were herded like
the cattle we were to the nearby Safeway carpark for our lunch hour...
CUT TO: SAFEWAY'S CARPARK, 2PM. EXTERIOR
turned up to find the catering coaches and trailers already prepared.
After scoffing lunch, the cast (now including Nick Frost and Peter
Serafinowicz) obliged with pictures, autographs and general chat
with the drooling, psychotic list members....proving that every
single one of them are actually as nice as we think they are!
FADE TO: THE MONARCH PUB, EXTERIOR. 3-7PM
hour later we were outside the pub again while Simon and Jess carried
on filming. Much chatting to total strangers went on, and it was
great for so many names to be put to so many new faces. The crew
brought out sandwiches and snacks to keep us amused all afternoon,
and of course, favourite topic of conversation was.... Big Brother.
Every so often cast members would appear on the street to talk about
the aforementioned show, the Spice Girls or to tell an amusing anecdote
about Nick Frost being raided by armed police.
WHIP RIGHT TO: BAR INTERIOR, 7PM
Another extras scene to be filmed, we were taken back inside and
arranged into similar positions as earlier and were given more half-drinks
and bombay mix. A good 12 hours into the day and the strain was
really starting to show on some of the cast and crew, yet amazingly
they still had time to be ultra-friendly to everyone. Everyone was
beginning to get tired, and as Terri and I sat quietly at a table
waiting for another take, Simon was stood next to us.
Sian! Shhhhh! You're being too damn loud!
SIAN: Oh sorry. I've been nothing but trouble all day, haven't I?
(Here, here - Ed)
they were finally finished, we were thanked and told we could go
home. After some goodbyes, some of us went home, and some to the
pub. It was a fantastic day, and I left feeling quite awed that
I'd got the chance to watch, and even participate in, the making
of the show which we all love. And if what we witnessed yesterday
is anything to go by, the second series is going to be even better
than the first series......
TO END CREDITS
Jessica, Simon, Nick, Peter and Edgar for being so friendly and
obliging. Nira for organising the extras. And all the other crew
members for being so organised and helpful.
for letting us be a part of it all.