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Some of the new Bridget Jones film has been shot in the Supreme Court

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It’s the first time the building has been used as a feature film set

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The Supreme Court has revealed that scenes from the much-anticipated Bridget Jones’s Baby film have been shot in its main courtroom.

As fans of the franchise may know, Bridget Jones’ on-off lover Mark Darcy (played by Colin Firth) is a human rights lawyer, so to accommodate his lawyering scenes the Supreme Court agreed to let filmmakers use its main courtroom as their set.

Firth — whose character is reportedly modelled on actual barrister Mark Muller QC of Doughty Street Chambers — and crew filmed in the court for just one weekend, so as to not get in the way of all the important law stuff.

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This is the first time the highest court in the country has opened its doors to a feature film crew, and is all part of a wider programme of generating income to ease pressure on the public purse.

Can we expect cameos from Lady Hale and co?

Unfortunately not. Though the Supreme Court justices were consulted on the approach, the film’s producers brought in actors to fill the bench.

A Supreme Court spokesperson has commented:

We were pleased to have the chance to open up the building to a new audience through the cinema screen. We wouldn’t want to spoil the plot for those planning to see the film, so can’t comment further on the proceedings. All I’ll say is that those riled by depictions of judges using gavels in British courtrooms can feel relaxed.

Other legal hotspots which feature in the new Bridget Jones film — based on the chick lit series by British writer Helen Fielding — include the Old Bailey and Middle Temple.

22 Comments

Anonymous

Are you kidding me Katie?

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Anonymous

Just be glad “Beyoncé of the Supreme Court” and Amal Clooney weren’t mentioned.

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Anonymous

Less than deadly serious article about subject connected to law appears on website specialising in less than deadly serious articles about law.

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Anonymous

Always thought Mark was based on Keir Starmer, given how they’re both accomplished but socially awkward barristers.

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Anonymous

So’s yo’ mama

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Roger

That was my assumption too. Plus all that pro bono pubico stuff.

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Anonymous

Jones’s

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Anonymous

This sort of finickety nonsense bores me – both are legitimate.

If anything, I think s’ is more elegant thatn s’s (the latter shows a slavish adherence to the rules whereas the former shows that you’ve thought about what you’re writing).

Well done, KK.

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Anonymous

Sorry Alex.

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Anonymous

You’ve missed the point – the actual title of the film uses “Jones’s” so what Katie wrote is wrong.

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Anonymous

^ Exactly, thanks. That’s how the apostrophe is used in the film’s title.

Self-proclaimed anti-pedantry crusaders bore me.

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Anonymous

And the article has been quietly updated now, as usual, with no thanks from KK.

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Anonymous

I preferred Renee Zellweger’s pre-plastic surgery face.

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Anonymous

Are there any law firm offices near the Royal Courts or Supreme Court?

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Steir Karmer CQ PM

I always thought Darcy was based on Keir Starmer?

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Anonymous

Mmm, Colin Firth is a dreamboat…

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Mark D'arcy

I’m a TOP barrister!

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Perpetua

It’s true! He is!

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Daniel Cleaver

No he isn’t. He’s an arse!

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Bridget's Mum

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Lord Harley of Counsel

He is based on me you ignorant cretins.

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Anonymous

Ten quid says Mark will appear in the film, making submissions in the Supreme Court, whilst wearing a wig and a gown. Any takers?

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