Bridget Jones Author’s Real Life Loss
Behind Mark Darcy’s Death
© CBC 2015
Fielding, author of the Bridget
Jones series, shocked fans when she killed off the beloved character
Mark Darcy in a landmine accident in Sudan in the new novel Bridget
Jones: Mad About The Boy.
George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight discovered that Fielding herself
lost colleague TV producer Alan Stewart to a landmine explosion while
filming the 1986 documentary Where
Hunger Is A Weapon in Sudan. When she was in the red chair the
author opened up to George about the day that it happened -- and how
humour is a salve for pain.
“I was a journalist,” said Fielding after George showed her a clip
about Stewart’s death. “Yes, I worked in the Sudan a lot. But that
did happen. They’d actually left me behind at the border because I was
a girl, which I was kind of cross about. And then they didn’t come
back. I knew something had happened. I was camping in the aid agency
grounds and I just got up and got dressed like the Girl Guide that I am
and waited. And then they came back and indeed Alan had been killed.
“So I do know about the hard things that happen in life. What
fascinates me is the way that co-exists with humour. Sometimes it’s
black humour. I mean, I remember when I was... I sound like one of those
old war veterans, ‘When I was in the Sudan’... But I interviewed
this refugee who gave us this really heart-rending account of their
plight and why they needed money and we were all practically in tears.
And then we stopped rolling. And he went, ‘How did I do?’
“And I think my experience anyway of life is even when tough stuff
happens people still, they get through it by making each other laugh, by
finding the lightness in life.”