She's perceptive and incisive on scripts, has great taste on casting, knows all the classic drama pitfalls, and has the irritating knack of asking difficult but absolutely crucial questions. Today: 'Why are you late? You only live round the corner.'
I'm very nervous about the readthrough.
It's not the script. I have immense confidence in Sandy Welch's adaptation. Sandy - who adapted North and South, and Our Mutual Friend, as well as creating loads of great original work including Magnificent 7 - has worked incredibly hard over the last year to create her own, brand new take on Charlotte Bronte's novel. Her script is magnificent. It brings to life an incredibly engaging love story, it's full of rich colourful imagery, it's funny, it's clever, it's passionate. I think it's a truly original and absorbing take on the novel, but also believe it will be hugely enjoyed by the many people who don't know the book at all. So I'm sure it will read like a dream.
We've got other brilliant people too - rising stars Andrew Buchan, Christina Cole, Aidan McArdle, as well as audience favourites like Lorraine Ashbourne and Tara Fitzgerald. And a host of great new and less well known faces too.
The reason I'm nervous about the readthrough is that I have to 'say a few words' at the beginning. I want to set the correct tone - professional and relaxed, dynamic but easy-going. I want to establish that we are a team, working together on one big exciting project, combining our skills, experience, talent and vision. And I want to make sure that I don't give the impression that the production is an unhelmed wreck heading for disaster.
I do my best, and it's fine.
Oh, and the script reads much better than I could ever imagine.
Diederick previously produced the first three series of Cutting It, and two of the ShakespeaRe-Told dramas, including the Bafta-nominated Much Ado About Nothing.
After Jane Eyre, he's moving on to become Executive Producer of EastEnders.
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