Friday–a long day in court!
Reverend Dr. Halse’s day in court with Captain Poldark
May 12, 2014 by Robin Ellis
I parked my behind on the “bench” at 8.30am and we wrapped at 5pm.
It was the full Monty—red robe and full judicial wig–recognisable by nose alone!
I wore my ministers’ costume beneath–all black–which kept me warm when all about were freezing.(Poor Meredith caught a chill and is in bed with a heavy cold!)
We were filming at Horton Court, outside Bristol, in an ancient hall dating back to Norman times–made up to look like a courtroom.
Beautiful, but dank and chilly even in mid-May.
These days the shooting process is different.
Forty years ago we rehearsed for six days–then spent two days in the studio preparing to record it at the end of the second day.
It was like a play–you had to know it all by heart!
“Curtain up” at 7.30pm and “down” at 10pm. Best not to be in the last scene, which was always a race against the clock.
Now you film a certain number of pages each day (in our case on Friday about four or five).
There is no rehearsal.
Learn the lines and find out how best to play them on the job.
A little scary! For a while, I was thinking, “I’d rather be back in my kitchen….”
Then I started to get the hang of it.
When we wrapped at 5pm, the director, Ed Balzelgette, made a sweet remark to the assembly (many extras on hand) about the unusual circumstance of having two “Ross Poldarks” in the same room!
Everyone clapped–which was touching!
Aidan Turner (aka Ross Poldark) and I–all smiles–relieved we’d done it and happy we were smiling about it, shook hands warmly and vigorously.
I look forward to our next encounter in Episode 6.
Now for the cooking workshop!