Earlier this year the BBC announced that Our Girl would return for an almost unheard of 12 episode third series. The drama, which follows the work of army medic Georgie Lane (Michelle Keegan) returns next month and the 12 episodes will be split into four separate tours.
The first four-part installment sees Georgie Lane (Michelle Keegan), Captain James (Ben Aldridge) and the rest of 2-section on a humanitarian relief effort in Nepal, following a devastating series of earthquakes. In addition to her duties as a medic, Georgie is tasked with mentoring Maisie (Shalom Brune-Franklin), a young reckless new recruit to 2-section. Georgie and Maisie have history after previously meeting in Syria on a covert operation led by Elvis (Luke Pasqualino), and Maisie’s reckless nature irritates Georgie.
Below Michelle Keegan talks about the challenges of the series and what we can expect from series three.
So, we left Georgie in Somalia at the end of Season 2. What’s happened since and has anything changed?
This season we pick up with Georgie at home with her friends and family and she gets a call from Captain James asking her to come out to Nepal for a NGO relief mission. She’s still independent, not with Elvis, putting her career first and loving being in the Army.
Have you had to go to Bootcamp for this series?
Yes we did Bootcamp just like last year and we did it in Sandhurst and South Africa. We work alongside people who are in the Army and it’s about getting us in the mind-set of being back in the Army, running drills, how to hold a weapon, discipline, all about your kit and a lot of medical skills. I’ve learnt so much. I know how to use a tourniquet, a bandage, I know how to stitch, how to do CPR and a lot of technical bits too.
What’s the shooting schedule been like for a commission of twelve episodes?
I have been filming since end of April and we had Bootcamp the week before that. We filmed in Nepal for 2 weeks, then to South Africa until end of July. Then we flew to Malaysia for the next mission so it’s a long shooting schedule!
What’s been your favourite scene to shoot in the new series?
My favourite scene so far has been a bust up with Georgie and Elvis, we have a row where there’s a lot of frustration and a lot of jealousy but the love is still there. It was a great scene to film.
There’s a new member of 2-Section, Maisie. What can you tell us about her?
Maisie is very strong natured and it’s very challenging for Georgie as she’s her mentor. She has to look after her and keep her in check but Maisie is a bit of a rebel. At the end of the last episode they do come together as a team and it’s a bit of girl power. They are a strong force to be reckoned with.
How would you describe Georgie in three words?
Strong, independent and a romantic.
Do you think you and Georgie would be friends in real life?
I do think we’d be friends in real life, I think she’s a girl’s girl. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and I love her attitude. She looks after number one but also looks after everyone else.
What have been the challenges from this block? Have you had any injuries from any of the stunts this mission?
It’s been a lot more physically demanding than the first one definitely. There are a lot more stunts involved, more Army based scenes and a lot more running which I’m not very good at! I’ve had to learn how to run like I’m in the Army – nightmare!
When we join Georgie in Episode 1, how does she feel about Elvis?
They are work colleagues but there is still love there. Georgie still believes they can’t be together but Elvis still tries his luck a couple of times. Obviously Elvis is a ladies man but she does find out a few things she doesn’t like. She tries to be professional but deep down I think she’s genuinely hurt.
Finally, have you bought any comfort items with you from home for the long shoot?
I wanted to feel at home so I’ve brought Yorkshire Tea Bags in my suitcase as well as my slippers!
Our Girl Series 3 starts Tuesday 10th October at 9.00pm on BBC One.