The Mill – Series 2 – best behind the scenes photos

Back at the end of April, Darlow Smithson were in their final week of filming the second series of The Mill, and I took it upon myself to loiter around the set taking photo after photo after photo. In the end I had around 300 pictures and one slightly irked producer after I accidentally wandered in front of a camera before they were due to start filming, leading him to jokingly say “Laura, if you’re planning on being in this shot then I think we need to get you to wardrobe and make-up…”.  Sadly, he took my positive response as joke. Of course it was all for you lot and fans of series, and so I hope you think my loitering was worth it…

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The ‘apprentices’ head down the hill to start their day of filming
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A practice run for the scene where John Howlett breaks the line. Ciaran Griffiths (plays Matthew Boon) is clearly enthralled…

 

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A few extra touches of bruising for Matthew McNulty
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The rest of the extras are brought in
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John Howlett (Mark Frost) in his Special Constable costume and his sons (Ewan Philips and Joshua Isherwood) on standby
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“Cross this line and be a knobstick forever.”
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Sope Dirisu (Peter) and Ewan Philips (Timothy Howlett) deep in conversation, as visitors wander through to the cafe!
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Seems Esther (Kerrie Hayes) is still not happy with John Howlett (Mark Frost) as Lucy (Katherine Rose Morley) looks on
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Dirty looks are thrown Peter’s way by John
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The 19th century saw some real leaps and bounds in technology…
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Something James Windell (Justin Salinger) has said has really tickled Master William (Andrew Lee Potts)
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Kerrie Hayes (Esther) has a quick break in between scenes
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Mark Frost spotted me and my frantic photo taking and kindly smiled for the camera. Behind, Andrew Lee Potts and Justin Salinger share a joke with Jenny from the costume department
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Even after the fifth time of having to walk up the hill, the actors were still giving it their all with their singing
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James Windell (Justin Salinger) and John Howlett (Mark Frost) look remarkably relaxed for two men about to watch their striking workers re-enter the Mill

 

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“Toil, brother, toil!”
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This was fantastic to watch – all I could see was the gun slowly emerge from the kitchen door of the Apprentice House as Peter (Sope Dirisu) backed away
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Will Lucy (Katherine Rose Morley) get her man in series 3?
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The ‘knobsticks’ arrive to take on the strikers
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George Windell (Morgan Watkins) doesn’t seem phased about the carnage about to unfold
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I’m not too sure about Kerrie Hayes’ headgear, but I suspect it was something to do with protecting her wig. Mark Strepan (Will Whittaker) practising his best catwalk poses…
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Lots of grumbling and shouting came from the group to get into the mood before confronting the strikers (that’s Quarry Bank House – home to the Greg family in the background)
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“Do you think we’ll stand by and watch you steal our jobs?”
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Er, well it seems Daniel (Matthew McNulty) is actually “sitting by” in this photo, while Esther (Kerrie Hayes) sinks her teeth into a poor extra
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A quick reset of the scene – once again Mark Frost (John Howlett) spots me snapping away, while Mark Strepan (Will Whittaker) has his hair professionally dishevelled by the make-up department. Kerrie Hayes is still practising her bite scene.
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Ahhh see they’re great friends really (Mark Frost and Mark Strepan)
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This time John Howlett joins Daniel Bate for a little lie down – it’s all got a bit much…
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Will Whittaker (Mark Strepan) shows a ‘knobstick’ what’s what in this action shot

 

Well that’s it for another series! Fingers crossed for Series 3 – has everyone enjoyed Series 2?

 

Laura

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. BarryChambers says:

    They have to make series 3 the story is nowhere near finished yet

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