A peek be­hind the scenes of The Cry

How dolls, hats and Maiden­head played a part in the drama

TV Times - - My Tv Times Week - Emma Bul­limore

Drama The Cry sun­day / bbc1 / 9Pm

Hats on!

1 As is cus­tom­ary in telly land, Joanna’s (Jenna Cole­man) baby Noah was played by twins, six-week-old Oliver and (con­ve­niently named) Noah. Only one of the twins had hair, so if you see the baby on screen wear­ing a hat, you’ll know why!

A sen­si­tive sub­ject

2 Given the sen­si­tive na­ture of the sub­ject mat­ter, direc­tor Glen­dyn Ivin felt it was im­por­tant to have a frank con­ver­sa­tion with the twins’ mother. ‘she’s a mum of six, we went to visit her at home to make sure she was com­fort­able with what she was get­ting in­volved with, and to ex­plain the process.’

The ba­bies were re-cast

3 Noah and Oliver weren’t the orig­i­nal twins cast in the role – the pre­vi­ous bun­dles of joy had to be re­placed! ‘It’s tricky to find new ba­bies,’ ad­mits Glen­dyn. ‘We cast our twins quite early on and you think you’ve ticked that box, but they came in for a fit­ting and they’d grown too much!’

The cast prac­tised with a doll

4 ba­bies are only al­lowed to be on set for short pe­ri­ods of time, so re­hearsals were done with a doll. ‘I rec­om­mend all pro­duc­ers get ba­bies on set, even if there isn’t one in the story, be­cause it makes ev­ery­one move very quickly!’ laughs ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Claire mundell.

Flight grounded

5 The flight scene, in which the cou­ple travel to Aus­tralia, was ac­tu­ally shot in maiden­head us­ing an old plane. Jenna says: ‘We did two days of shoot­ing on there for 12 hours, so by the time we’d fin­ished it was like we’d re­ally gone to mel­bourne!’

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