And what’s Cameron’s behaviour like at this point?
At this point, Cameron is quite calm with the situation, but that makes it sinister. He very clearly says he’s taken care of the police. And he’s very clear that he wants Debbie to go with him. It’s clear and concise: that’s his goal, that’s what he wants. He’s come for Debbie.
And then we see Chas make her move…
Yes, she tries to distract him – and then she whacks him with a chair, basically. She tries to get the gun off him, as do many people who try to talk him down.
Now we know that the production team built a set at Pinewood Studios with a tank for an underwater scene – can you tell us about that?
We went to Pinewood and used their underwater stage and built the largest and heaviest set they’ve ever constructed. The stage has seen everything from Bond to Dark Shadows but ours was the largest set that has been built on that stage. We recreated the cellar on a massive scale and hovered it above the tank. Instead of the water rising, day-by-day we lowered the set into the tank.
Was it memorable filming there?
I will remember that week we filmed at Pinewood forever for various different reasons. Firstly, the chance to work with Mike Valentine, who has shot everything you can think of. He was the number one underwater cameraman for all the Bond films.
But also for seeing all our crew in their swimming kit. We had a laugh about how strange it all was to be wading around in water for a week and to lbe earning a new skill from the amazing team of divers we had there. In fact, I have decided I want to learn how to scuba dive properly.
It was thrilling, exciting, scary and even claustrophobic, but you felt safe at all times. We had divers everywhere making sure we were all right. The costume department gave us hot water bottles and towels because we had to keep getting out of the water. Everyone pulled together and it was just the most amazing week.
How do these episodes compare to the live episode that aired this time last year?
In a way, it is bigger. The live was just such a manic thing. This may look bigger to an audience, but it is always hard to know how big stunts look to an audience. They feel completely different to how they come across on camera. I hope this one comes across exactly as it was.
The live show was ridiculous because everyone knew it was live and anything could have gone wrong. But this is a completely different and unique situation. It’s definitely on a par with the live show. We only used the stunt doubles to line up some of the shots, so that we weren’t underwater the whole time. We did all our own stunts, which we were so proud of.