Home Time: Bucket
In Home Time episode five, The Girls finally hear the tick of the Growing Up Clock, as Kelly turns 30.
One intent as we wrote Home Time was to show a sense of creeping epiphany in the series, as Gaynor's return nudges The Girls towards some seeping recognition of how they are, compared to how they thought they should be. Gaynor's been through that already. That's why she's so glum in episode one.
So has Paul Walsh, a bit. But only in this episode (and next week's finale) do Mel, Becky and Kelly creak towards some kind of healthy self-doubt.
I've always felt old and left out. I came to the conclusion, when I was about 22, that I'm not light-hearted. Heck, I like doing fun and being daft and mucking about, but not if there's a chance that I'm avoiding some unstated social responsibility, or shirking a duty to my fellow man. Too many superhero comics, I think.
When we shot this episode's nightclub scene (the only scene in the series that uses contemporary music, incidentally), it was the first time I'd been in a club for 12 years. I'm suspicious of large groups of people all trying to affect the same emotion, to feel the same thing: festivals, carnivals, raves, rallies, lynchings, etc, leave me cold. I don't mind funerals so much, 'cos most people are sitting down.
Filming in a club was much preferable to dancing in one. There was only music for a five second burst at the top of each take, then silent jigging about by a hundred youngsters. Plus the crew said that, of all the nightclubs they'd ever filmed in, Carey's was by far the cleanest. Another feather in the cap for Cov, I reckon.
One bosomy girl continually managed to wobble a knocker into shot, somehow, despite the able wrangling of our Pete and Tracey, but apart from that, everything went very smoothly.
Anyroad, here's the only photo I took that relates to this episode:
I've seen internet folks elsewhere suggesting that the move to Thursdays is a reflection of either the show doing really well or the show doing badly - but it's nothing so exciting - it was pre-ordained by the requirements of an awkwardly-shaped Autumn schedule. I hope people have adjusted appropriately. My Mum forgot and watched all the way through Newsnight, on tenterhooks.
Thanks for reading, and for watching.
Neil Edmond wrote Home Time with Emma Fryer, who plays Gaynor.
The series continues tonight at 10pm on BBC Two. Read more about Home Time on the Comedy Blog and watch a clip on Comedy Extra.