We met loads and loads of girls with the right look, but none of them had the ability to pull off the performance of the wise, other-worldly Helen.
So then we met girls with any colour hair, with a view to colouring or wigging the right kid. By this stage we'd already started shooting, so Di Carling had to meet them and put them on tape for Susanna and me to look at. So none of us have met her. She's great, though, and seems to settle in straight away.
We've got some really far-flung locations this week. We go the Goyt valley to shoot St John Rivers' church, Moreton Parish Church, and lots of horse and carriage stuff.
Another middle-of-nowhere location is the spot beneath Snake Pass (a high road leading out of the peaks towards Manchester) where we shoot Jane's little school in episode 4.
But with no toilets, no drinking water, no bridges, no car park for four miles, and only a steep footpath down from the lay by for access, this location seems impossible. How can we send eighty plus people to film there everyday?
Giles and his team make it work. First, rigger Dave Price and his team go in and construct a temporary track down the hill, and scaffold bridges to provide foot access and a cable run in for power. Then guys from Anglo American vehicles turn up and set up little buggies which look a bit like tanks (called Argocats) to transport gear and people up and down.
Creating a usable location
Craig Gray, construction manager, and his team go in, clean things up, lay down solid floors, and turn one barn into a school room, the other into a prop and camera store, make-up and costume room and extras holding area.
Then Alan Grayley, best boy, and a team of electricians go in and set up the electrics and the lights. Finally, a week-and-a-half after all this activity began, the crew go in and film the scenes. After we go, the whole thing happens again in reverse.
Since we're all either climbing into the valley or going in and out in buggies, there's no sensible way to get back to unit base for lunch (without losing lots of valuable filming time).
So we elect to stay at the location for barbeque lunches. Great when it's sunny, not so good in pouring rain. The extras playing the schoolkids seem happy with their burgers and jacket spuds, though, and I am too.
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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