A peek behind the scenes of The Cry
How dolls, hats and Maidenhead played a part in the drama
Drama The Cry sunday / bbc1 / 9Pm
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.
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!’