Interview: Suranne Jones
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Coronation Street favourite turned gritty drama leading lady Suranne Jones is about to star in a new ghost story on BBC1. The Secret Of Crickley Hall is split between 1943 and the present, and promises to haunt our screens this winter. Jones discusses the production here... Can you tell us a bit about your role in The Secret Of Crickley Hall? I play a character called Eve who is married to Gabe and they have three children. She’s very maternal, she’s very loving, and she’s a school teacher who loves children. She’s a hard worker, she’s a good mother, and she is a family person. She’s also quite spiritual as well and has a psychic connection with her son Cam, but Eve loses Cam when she falls asleep while he is playing. I think she takes her eye off her family life because she’s trying to do so well at her career life - and she basically is just tired out. When she loses her son, you see the guilt and the pain in the aftermath. It has been a wonderful part to play because there’s an emotional heartbeat to this story as well as it being a James Herbert novel with the ghost story genre element, which was why it was attractive to me. How did you find filming in the haunted house? It’s so wonderful to be on a location these days - a lot of stuff is studio work, so to be out on a location where you are constantly filming is fantastic as it kind of becomes a character. When you arrive on set you can go and sit in the kitchen and you’ve got your greenroom upstairs and you feel at home. Also, I feel that at a film set, you talk to more people when you’re on location because you’re not all going off hiding in your trailers or going off hiding in dressing rooms; everyone’s in one place which I think provides a good on-set atmosphere. Did you get to interact with both sets of cast, present day and 1943?
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