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Behind The Scenes Production Diary
By Diederick Santer, Jane Eyre Producer

Tara Fitzgerald as Mrs Reed prepares for her next scene

Week 8: 24th to 30th April 2006


Although the production is based in Derbyshire, there are some locations we just can't find nearby. Mrs Reed's house, for the beginning of episode 1 and episode 3, is one. Actually, we do have an exterior lined up near Haddon Hall, but for the grand colourful rooms we need we have to go to Belton House just outside Grantham.

Belton is a lovely place, a National Trust Property full of amazing decorations and furniture, carefully looked after by the house staff.

As we're staying in hotels just a few miles from the house, everyone's journey times to work are very short. And there are bars in the hotels, so everyone socialises in the evenings.

In the picture

"We don't have time to schedule photoshoots, so Mike, our stills photographer, is very adept at grabbing the actors between takes and shots."
Mike Hogan joins us for a day this week. Mike is our stills photographer, and all the pictures of the show on the website or in magazines and newspapers are taken by him. We don't have time to schedule photoshoots - if we did, we'd have to stop filming. So Mike is very adept at grabbing the actors between takes and shots, and quickly firing off his camera.

This way, he gets very spontaneous shots and he doesn't delay the filming. He has a great, very easy and relaxed manner on set, and even though he's only with us every fortnight or so, he makes sure he knows the whole cast and crew. He takes great pictures, too.

Grantham's a nice town. Birthplace of Isaac Newton and Margaret Thatcher. Very quick train to London. Great market on a Saturday. Friday night a bit scary, though.

Georgie v Tara

Georgie Henley continues to do sterling work as Young Jane Eyre. She's with us for most of the week with her charming mother Helen. I like to talk to them about their experiences on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Georgie has great stories about acting with a dot on the end of a stick which was supposed to represent Aslan.

Young Jane has a number of very physical scenes at the Reed House which require Georgie to throw and receive punches, get chucked into a chair, and be carried screaming up the stairs.

We have a lovely, gentle, very experienced stunt coordinator called Nick Wilkinson who takes Georgie through every step of the action, making sure she feels safe and is safe, and making sure she's happy with the action.

Georgie also has to act with the terrifying Mrs Reed, played with characteristic gusto and skill by the brilliant Tara Fitzgerald. Tara's fantastic, but I'm thrilled to see that Georgie more than holds her own.


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Diederick Santer

Diederick Santer, Jane Eyre Producer
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.

Production Diary


Read more about the production of Jane Eyre:

Week 14:
5th-12th Jun 2006

Week 13:
29th May-4th Jun 2006

Week 12:
22nd-28th May 2006

Week 11:
15th-21st May 2006

Week 10:
8th-14th May 2006

Week 9:
1st-7th May 2006

Week 8:
24th-30th Apr 2006

Week 7:
17th-23rd Apr 2006

Week 6:
10th-16th Apr 2006

Week 5:
3rd-9th Apr 2006

Week 4:
27th Mar-2nd Apr 2006

Week 3:
20th-26th Mar 2006

Week 2:
13th-19th Mar 2006

Week 1:
6th-12th Mar 2006

Week 0:
27th Feb - 5th Mar 2006

Week -1:
20th-26th Feb 2006

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