Mel’s Blog – Like a Moth

Monday, 10th July 2006 - In short, today was a rather grim day. In the first half we filmed a Throckmorton devising a way to get back in favour with the Queen, then around lunchtime we watched Throckmorton being hanged on the rushes. Hmmm…not quite what I was after before lunch…but still this is the [...]

Evil Humours

Thursday 13th July. 4.00 PM – ‘A’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. In Elizabeth’s private apartments she and Bess discuss the thorny issue of what to do with Mary Queen of Scots whilst the Queen is bled for her health. During Elizabeth’s reign the prevailing medical theory was still that which had come down from the ancient [...]

The Consolation of Philosophy

Wednesday 12th July. 10.00 AM – ‘A’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. With the armada sailing Elizabeth’s reign is reaching a crisis and Raleigh finds her in her private apartments late at night, reading. For a scene as pregnant with foreboding and suppressed emotion as this there is only really one book that the Queen can be [...]

Death and Divinity

Tuesday 11th July. 5.30 PM – ‘A’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Raleigh finds Elizabeth in her private quarters as she struggles with the hardest decision of her life. As I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs Elizabeth agonised and prevaricated over signing the execution warrant for Mary Queen of Scots and in this scene we hope to show [...]

Dangerous Liaisons

Monday 10th July. 9.30 AM – ‘J’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Power in Elizabethan England was concentrated in the hands of a very few families but this could be as dangerous for them as it was convenient. Such was life for the Throckmortons and in today’s scene Bess received an unwelcome invitation from her cousin Francis. [...]

Mel’s Blog – Dressing Up

8th of July 2006 - In the private chamber, the Queen talks to her ladies in waiting. This scene is full of giggly, feminine energy yet the queen, whilst partaking, is still very much in control and not one of the girls. This scene sets up nicely the complex and intriguing relationship between the Queen [...]

Mel’s Blog – Human Needs

7th of July 2006 - Raleigh announced to the Queen today that he wanted to return to the colony. The Queen displayed a great deal of vulnerability during this scene but I won’t give it away entirely! I would just like to note the way Shekhar chose to shoot this scene as I thought it [...]

Mel’s Blog – Walking in Her Shoes

6th of July 2006 - One thing that became apparent in today’s scene with the Queen, Bess and Raleigh is the tentative nature of all of the Queen’s relationships. It made me think…is it possible that someone with so much power can have true and intimate relationships with those around her? In some circumstances the [...]

Queen Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlock’d

Saturday 8th July. 2.30 PM – ‘A’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Elizabeth and Bess Throckmorton discuss Raleigh and his plans for the New World. We’ve set this scene in Elizabeth’s wardrobe, a room not based on the historical wardrobe but designed from scratch in which the Queen’s finest dresses stand in mannequined ranks under silk sheers. [...]

Things Ancient and Modern

Thursday 6th July. 11.30 AM – ‘A’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Raleigh tempts the queen with tales of the open ocean – a place she knows she will never see but can imagine in the pages of the books and charts that lie scattered on the floor.. For this scene we find Queen, Raleigh and Bess [...]