Angela Griffin and her husband got their kids to set up a rude scene for lockdown drama filming

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Angela Griffin attends The TV Choice Awards 2019 at Hilton Park Lane on September 9, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/WireImage)
Angela Griffin attends The TV Choice Awards 2019 at Hilton Park Lane. (Photo by Lia Toby/WireImage)

Angela Griffin has revealed the secrets behind filming a lockdown drama at home - including getting her kids to help set up some of the more risque shots.

The Waterloo Road and White Lines actor talked with other cast members of the YouTube show Dun Breedin about how they adapted to getting the script and equipment, and filming at home early in the first lockdown.

She even roped her kids into helping set up a scene where she and her boyfriend are in bed together but says they left the room before filming started.

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Griffin spoke to Kate Thornton at a live recording of the White Wine Question Time podcast with the other cast members including Tamzin Outhwaite, Alison Newman, Denise Welch, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Julie Graham, who also wrote the show.

She has two children, Tallulah, 17, and Melissa, 14, with her actor husband Jason Milligan, who plays her boyfriend in the show.

She said: "They set the cameras up, and then they went out the room because they didn't want to see 'that'.

"We did it on a locked off shot. Tallulah set it all up in the room, and she lit it and got everything sorted, [then left]."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 15: Angela Griffin(2nd Left), Jason Milligan (2nd right) and family attends a special Mother's Day screening of
Angela Griffin, Jason Milligan (2nd right) and family attend a special Mother's Day screening of "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 3D" in 2015. (Photo by David M. Benett/WireImage)

The show deals with the real lives of women in their 40s and 50s, including the lows and highs of the menopause.

Other cast members shared their stories of pulling the show together, with most admitting that Griffin was the most technically-minded of the group, and one even using a camera strapped to her dog to help her get the shot she wanted.

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Alison Newman said at first she hated acting in front of her husband, but finally got into it, and so did her dog Marnie, who she called a scene stealer.

She said: "When your husband is filming, you f**k up constantly. [I was] getting really impatient as well because you're not getting it right. 

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"I used to love the mystique, I'd swan off to work... 'I was marvellous, wonderful, [it's] very creative. But the first thing I filmed was that really long, beautifully-written monologue, and I felt really shy. 

"I was really shy in front of him. And I just kept f***ing up. Then I just hadn't learnt my lines so I was just being terrible. It took two days to film that one scene just because of me being rubbish. 

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"But it became such a brilliant thing for us to do. We don't have kids. Marnie, the dog, scene stealing little s**t, won't be in if we ever got a series! 

"It was just a brilliant thing to do. We all got together, we'd all zoom, we'd do a rehearsal, we'd do read-throughs, we'd get together after it aired. The actual filming was a highlight."

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Tracy-Ann Oberman attends The Olivier Awards 2017 at Royal Albert Hall on April 9, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Tracy-Ann Oberman attends The Olivier Awards 2017 at Royal Albert Hall. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Tracy-Ann Oberman said her family would not help her out, so she roped the dog in to help with a tracking shot.

She said: "My family are not as facilitating as you lot, my husband was working all the way through. And he just went: 'No, I'm not helping you.' 

"I think he tried to video me once and just went: 'I can't do this again.' And then I got my daughter who was in it, Annie, and she did it three times. and went: 'You're terrible. I'm not doing it again.' 

"So it was me and the dog. At one point I even strapped the camera onto the dog to do like a steadycam, he was the only one who was nice!"

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