Just as we began the shoot with lots of scenes from the early part of Rochester and Jane's relationship, as we head towards the end, we're doing more and more scenes from later in the story. Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson just get better and better.
We do a Radio Times cover shoot with Ruth and Toby on Thursday night, which ends with Ruth not feeling too well.
An unwell lead
When we arrive to shoot on Friday morning, she's not good at all. She's exhausted after twelve weeks of intense filming, plus a bug's going round. She's been sick all night. It's a real worry for us that she's ill - she's in every scene, and if she's out of action, the production will just stop. Luckily for us she's a real trooper, and after a session in make-up and costume she's ready to go.
When I jokingly offer her a glass of champagne (we reached the 1000th shot today) she takes it! I try and take it back and offer her some weak tea instead, but she's having none of it. At the end of the day her mother appears - she'd been visiting anyway - and drives Ruth back home for the weekend.
Cosima Littlewood is back with us as Adele. This is her first screen role and she's done incredibly well. I was always terrified about the casting of Adele - how could we find a girl who could act, sing, dance, be French, and be funny. A real tall order. But then the highly intelligent and talented Cosima walked in, and all our problems are solved.
Coco (as we call her) and her very smart and interesting mother Hortense have been with us since the very first day, and it's lovely to see them again.
The Wide Sargasso Sea
I get a call from Elwen Rowlands who is producing The Wide Sargasso Sea for BBC FOUR. The book on which it's based, by Jean Rhys, tells the story from the perspective of Bertha Mason, outlining her romance with Rochester and how she ended up in England.
It's an interesting book, intriguing as an intellectual curiosity, but is largely inconsistent with Bronte's novel. Elwen and I have been asked to work together and share resources, and although our approaches to the material are very different, eagle-eyed viewers may spot some similarities in the Thornfield fire exteriors.
That's right - I gave them our shots.
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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