Bridget Jones’ Baby nicked ideas from One Born Every Minute, says Renée Zellweger
Bridget Jones star Renée Zellweger has admitted the upcoming film Bridget Jones’ Baby “poached” ideas from One Born Every Minute.
The Oscar-winning actress was speaking to James Corden on The Late Late Show when she revealed the creators of Bridget Jones’ Baby took inspiration from British television.
She said: “I met with a midwife and had lots of conversations about the progression of a lady’s pregnancy and I watched a show – it’s British – called One Born Every Minute.
“Isn’t it great? It’s crazy. It chronicles a woman’s pregnancy up to the birth and they show these women giving birth – young women and then the geriatric pregnancy.
“They show some things. You get some insight. We poached a little bit from each of those ladies, so ladies thank you.”
Bridget Jones’ Baby will be the third feature film about the titular everywoman, now aged 43 and struggling with the breakdown of her marriage to Mark Darcy. However, Bridget’s luck begins to change as she meets an attractive American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey), and has a one-night stand. Of course, Bridget then ends up pregnant – but is the father Mark or Jack? And how can she find out?
The new film will be the first in the Bridget Jones franchise since 2004’s The Edge of Reason, but does not follow the events of the book by Helen Fielding. This is a good thing, because the original novels had Mr Darcy dying – and we couldn’t watch that.
Instead the new film is based upon a series of columns written by Fielding for The Independent between 2005 and 2006 and reportedly takes place before the final instalment.