Friday 28th July. 11.30 AM – ‘A’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Our last day on a revamped A stage which has now become a room in Raleigh’s London home, Durham House. It’s also our last day with Clive and Abbie.
With only three more shooting days left, today is our last major dialogue scene as Raleigh and Bess make love surrounded by the books and charts that comprise Sir Walter’s dreams of a New World. And in doing so the two begin another, equally dangerous, journey into the Queen’s disfavour risking the wreck of their fortunes.
This triangular relationship between the Queen, Raleigh and Bess is really at the heart of our movie and it is one from which none of the participants would emerge unscathed. For Raleigh and Bess it would mean disgrace and the death of their firstborn, whilst for Elizabeth it marked a sudden cooling in what was perhaps the last close friendship of her life. Yetthey were also transformed by it and many years of triumph and tragedy still lay ahead of them all.