TV stars Samantha Womack and Jessie Wallace, better known as Ronnie Mitchell and Kat Moon of EastEnders, were in Aylesbury on Saturday filming scenes outside the prison.
In fact the filming was quite a coup for the town as they are the scenes in which Mrs Womack’s character Ronnie makes her dramatic return after two years away.
The actress, who is reprising her role as Ronnie for a six-month stint, confirmed in June on Twitter that she would be filming her return scenes ‘next month’.
She told fans: “Lots of people asking when I go back to EE. I start filming in mid-July.”
And so it has proved as the former model and her colleague Jessie Wallace drew crowds of people wanting to get a glimpse of the celebrities and a sneak peak at the storyline.
Mrs Womack’s character has been away from the show for two years after serving time in prison for abducting Kat Moon’s baby son Tommy. Ronnie’s new storyline will see her facing those she has previously wronged.
Speaking in May, Mrs Womack said: “I am thrilled to be returning to the role of Ronnie for the next six months. Ronnie is coming out of prison and her reappearance in the Square is going to create havoc. I can’t wait to be a Mitchell once again!”
There was little action as crowds gathered on the Bierton Road where a cordon had been set up by the BBC film crew which meant this was the closest we could get to film video footage. Jessie Wallace can be seen on the left while blonde Mrs Womack is on the right.
Not too much was given away but the stage was certainly set for a confrontation of some kind between the two characters.
There was a moment of humour when Mrs Womack sneezed loudly as cameras were about to roll, sparking a cry of ‘bless you’ from the crowd that had gathered.