Making BP (OTUKOGBANI): Holly in The Garden
I deliberately kept Gary in the dark about what was there so I could really capture his genuine emotions when he found out what Ian was up to, plus I didn't want a repeat of the whole Tony Beckton experience. My plan was to keep the interview going for as long as possible and just wait for Ian to reveal himself as the pervert we all knew he was. This took around three hours, during which time Gary had to leave the room a few times, but in the end we got some great material. I have to say that Gary was brilliant; for once he just sat there and let Ian speak. I was really pleased with him on that day; it was a real 'growing the beard' moment for him.
After the interview with Ian I persuaded Vetch to show us around the camp to meet some of the other people there. That was when Ian started talking to Holly. By the time we'd got back she was already trying on the blonde wig. I tried to persuade her to come back with us which didn't work, and I think I may have made things worse when I tried to negotiate exclusive rights to her story if she ever left - but to be honest her mind was pretty made up really. I guess if I hadn't been married, things might have been different, and a woman spurned is a loose canon at the best of times.
It was a bit difficult as her parents live in the same village as my parents, which is how she got the job in the first place, and I think they may hold me a bit responsible. Personally, I think that's a bit unfair, especially after all I did for her career, although she did say something about how she already spent most of her waking hours being exploited by a massive egotist and so being in the 'Garden' wouldn't really be that different. I think we know who she was taking about, the initials G and B spring to mind.
When we went back to The Garden a few months later to get some shots of Gary driving into the site in his 'personality car' we saw actually saw Holly for a few minutes for a chat. She's Denim 2 now, which is apparently good. She's also pregnant, which is a shock, but everyone at the camp seemed really pleased for her, apart from Daffodil who was very quiet about the whole thing.
Ben Mycroft is the Director/Producer of Bellamy's People, which starts at 10pm on Thursday 21st January on BBC Two. Read more about the making of the show and watch exclusive clips here on the Comedy Blog.