Monday 17 January 2011, 10:07
The land girls are together working in the fields, a Tiger Moth flies in close over their heads and lands nearby, the pilot turns out to be John, the husband of my character Joyce.
He's on leave from RAF Bomber Command (and he's alive, phew).
Cue movie-style kiss and swells of stirring music as he whisks her off for a romantic afternoon. Not a dry eye in the house. Plus I get to go up in a plane.
Kind of. Apparently the budget doesn't quite stretch to me actually taking to the skies, but I did have fun being taxied around a field for a bit.
I think 'plane day' was my favourite day of filming this year. It really was as exciting and as romantic to be a part of as I think the final product looks.
There had to be absolute silence when the pilot was gearing up to fly in so that he could talk to people on set via radio.
It's quite something standing with 30 people spread out across a field in total silence for a good 10 minutes, then hearing in the distance the rumble of a plane engine getting louder and louder.
I was thinking, "Here we go... Oh crap, what's my line? What am I doing? Beck, don't mess this up."
It was a cracking day, lots of jokes (courtesy of Sue Cookson who plays Esther), some running about, and a real team effort to make it come together.
And, I should say, particularly enormous kudos to the make-up department.
Open-topped plane, plus wig, could have equalled havoc. It was certainly no mean feat to stop it ending up on John's face behind me. Or in a bush somewhere.
Joyce goes through the mill in this series. Her positivity, patriotism, and make-do-and-mend attitude (all things I loved about her when I first read the script for series one) are really put to the test.
To be quite honest, by the end of it, she's almost a different woman to the girl we first met. And that's not to say that she's lost those qualities, it's just that this series forces her to be far braver than she was and much more mature.
Where there was perhaps naÃ¯ve optimism, there's now a more deep-seated hope and faith that things will be ok.
That's what I find most interesting about this series - we see the characters taken way out of their comfort zones and confronted with situations that push them to their limits.
And, more often than not, they respond in ways that surprise even themselves.
It was tough-going filming this series, particularly for those behind the scenes who put in long hours of intense, concentrated work.
But I think it's paid off - they do make it look absolutely beautiful. I'm really proud of the work that everyone involved has put in, and I hope you enjoy the show.
Becci Gemmell plays Joyce Fisher in Land Girls.
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