The Girl Before creator on the one detail they chose to cut from series
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The Girl Before is on BBC One and the four-part thriller follows two women who move into a minimalist house. Jane (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the most recent tenant and she discovers the dark past of architect, Edward (David Oyelowo). JP Delaney, who created the story, opened up about a detail that was cut from the final edit.
The Girl Before has kept fans on the edge of their seats as they discover more about the unusual architect, Edward.
Some shocking discoveries have been made, including the fact Edward’s wife and son were killed during a house build.
Jane is also suffering from personal trauma as she gave birth to a stillborn baby girl.
She keeps a box of treasures in memory of her daughter, but the contents of the box were kept a secret.
JP Delaney revealed the identity of the baby’s father was removed from the series before the final edit.
He told Express.co.uk and other media: “It was in the script and one of the joys of doing something like this is when you give it to an editor, they come to it with completely fresh eyes.
“They said ‘you don’t need this, we will just take that out’. There’s just a kind of hint that it wasn’t a long term relationship.
“There was a line that kind of explained it, that there was a colleague in the Geneva office. We just felt that was too much explanation.”
During an emotional scene in episode one, Jane invites Edward for a coffee so they can discuss the house and its past.
Instead of getting information out of him, she opens up about her own tragic past and losing her baby girl.
Actress Mbatha-Raw spoke out about the production design and how the props, such as her daughters box of memories, played a role.
She said: “It was hugely informative, I remember walking onto the set for the first time and feeling very small.
“You really do feel there is wow factor when you walk onto the set, I knew it was a set but I was still caught up in it.
“I spoke to Jon Henson [production designer] a lot about the box Jane has for Isobel.
“That is very sacred to her and that was one of the best conversations as we don’t really see into the box for a while.
“But to know it was very sacred, it wasn’t just a prop, it was a person to me.
“To be able to work with Jon and be so respectful about the items that needed to be included, it was lovely to have that sensitivity.”
Delaney said adapting his book for TV was not daunting at all, and was in fact great fun.
He said: “Basically it was a long-held-out vision to get stuck in and do it.
“I’m not one of these writers who wants to adapt because I want my book to be on the screen.
“I was the opposite, I wanted to collaborate and see all these amazing people change it.
“And the funny thing is it didn’t change that much, it got more nuanced and stylish.
“I think having Lisa [Brühlmann] create this incredible world that’s real but slightly unreal is just incredible.
“It’s almost like a graphic novel, she’s created something that has its own life, it was a lot of fun.”
The Girl Before continues on BBC One at 9pm.
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