Monday 22nd May, 2006
11 AM – The Backs, Cambridge. Another day filming Elizabeth’s state barge on the Cam – and another day of torrential rain.
It’s our last chance to get the shots we need however so the show, as they say, must go on. Elizabeth is of course under a canopy on the barge but you have to feel for her eight rowers who have started whistling ‘Singing in the Rain’, and the art department who have to try to keep the silk hangings and embroidered seats looking suitably regal.
This is also the day the graphics people are shooting their reference ‘plates’ which they will use to take what is in fact a small part of the Backs and turn it into a vista of Elizabethan London as seen from the Thames. But whilst they can turn the Cam into the Thames, even they can’t do anything about the rain….