Last year Emily had an opportunity to go on set of a BBC adaptation of David Walliams’ book Billionaire Boy starring John Thomson, Catherine Tate and Warwick Davis. She even got a brief walk on part as an “Extra” (well she does have an “extra” chromosome don’t you know!). It was shown on BBC1 on New Year’s Day.
Whilst Emily enjoyed being involved and seeing herself, briefly, on TV, we thought that would be the end of it. However, a few months ago we were contacted by Joanna, Producer of Billionaire Boy, who was just starting to film an adaptation of another book for the BBC and as they were filming in Yorkshire wondered if Emily might like to get involved.
|With John Thomson on Billionaire Boy|
So we went off at “too-early-o’clock” to North Yorkshire and Emily was whisked off to costume and make-up and emerged transformed.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, generally believed to be the first detective novel in the English language, and now to become a BBC costume drama set in the mid 19th century. Oh yes! How many of you lovely people would love to be in a BBC costume drama? Well Emily has done it. It doesn’t really matter what ends up on the cutting room floor and what may be shown on screen, the fact is she’s done it and enjoyed it.
Once again she was alongside the brilliant John Thomson (Pete from Cold Feet). As we walked off set to grab a bite to eat at lunchtime John turned to Emily and said, “Did you work with me on Billionaire Boy?”.
“Yes, I did”, replied Emily.
“I thought I recognised you. It’s lovely to meet you again”, said John.
A genuinely lovely man. Thanks John, that meant so much.
It was a long day for Emily, there was lots to get through and everyone worked really hard. At the end of the day we were whisked back to base to get changed and we were on our way home. This was an insight into the surreal world of television. It’s really not glamorous but it was really interesting to see what goes on behind the camera.
Emily’s scene was in Episode 5 – if you squint hard, you might just spot her – here’s hoping!
Watch out for other big names like Sarah Hadland from Miranda and the wonderful David Calder. With grateful thanks to all at King Bert Productions for a memorable day.
**The Moonstone begins on Monday 31st October at 2.15pm and will be shown across five consecutive days on BBC1.