Monday 24th July. 12.40 PM – ‘A’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Into the last week of principal photography now and back to the private chambers on ‘A’ stage for one last visit. It is here, in a corridor just off the main atrium, that Raleigh and Bess kiss, setting in train a series of events they will be powerless to halt.
Raleigh and Bess’ relationship was unusual in that it seems to have been that rare thing at court – a genuine love match. This did not mean that Raleigh necessarily always behaved well to his wife however. Indeed in the days immediately following their arrest he appeared to try to ignore the fact that he was married, not even referring to his wife in letters. But perhaps a man standing on the brink of losing everything might be forgiven for a momentary, blinding panic.
Bess did not forget her husband however and stood by him in good times and bad. And the years coming would not be easy for either of them. Banishment would be followed by years of court rivalry, taints of treason, confiscations, imprisonment, tragic expeditions, and finally, for Raleigh, death on the block. But that is another movie.