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10 April 1985: Daily Express

Bleak view for photographers as Diana makes a dash for cover

Unfortunately, there will be no sight tonight in Bleak House of how Diana Rigg reacted to photographers while filming the eight-part serial at historic Burghley House, Cambridgeshire.

She took one withering look at the mass ranks in a photo-call arranged by the BBC, hitched up her crinoline skirts and made a bolt for it.

The bewildered photographers immediately followed in full pursuit along winding Elizabethan corridors and hallways, taking pictures of her fleeing figure.

Diana, who plays Lady Dedlock in this dramatisation of the Charles Dickens novel, protested that she had not been given sufficient notice by the BBC of Press interest.

But she told me: "I have been looking for the right part to bring me back to television and I think this is the one."

It all reminded me of when Diana, fresh to TV success as high-kicking Emma Peel in the Avengers, was surrounded by a huge crowd at the Earls Court Motor Show.

On that occasion, she hid in the ladies' lavatory.


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