Coronation Street: Sally Ann Matthews

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“I have to protect him…I’m not a bad person.”

Jenny Bradley at the centre of the drama in this week’s five special Coronation Street episodes.

As she plans to kidnap Kevin’s (Michael Le Vell) son Jack and set off on the road to Hull.

Complete with wig and a new identity as Melanie Davis. Continue reading

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Coronation Street: Explosive Drama

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“AT the moment Corrie’s literally, and metaphorically, on fire.”

Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn talking today (Friday) about five nights of explosive drama next week.

We saw that unfold at a London preview screening this afternoon followed by a Q&A with Stuart, director David Kester and members of the cast.

Some of what we saw and heard is embargoed, so as not to spoil the enjoyment of viewers.

With Coronation Street screened at 9pm every night from Monday to Friday next week.(May 25 to 29) Continue reading

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Home Fires: Interviews

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“I hope viewers will see Home Fires as a really gripping drama telling various personal stories.

“It shows what goes on behind closed doors with elements of discovery and intrigue.”

Samantha Bond talking to me about ITV’s new World War Two drama, which begins at 9pm this Sunday (May 3).

The six-part series, also starring the likes of Francesca Annis, Ed Stoppard, Ruth Gemmell and Daniel Ryan, is not what you might be expecting. Continue reading

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Safe House: Interviews

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“I had to wild swim in Coniston Water once or twice.

“And I was in Derwent Water three times…and it was very cold.”

Christopher Eccleston talking to me about his role as former police detective Robert in new ITV drama Safe House, filmed in the Lake District.

“The house is a central character. We do have the sense the ‘safe house’ is ironic. Because it’s not safe.” Continue reading

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Code of a Killer: Interviews

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“IT is by any measure an extraordinary drama.”

Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys talking to me about Code of a Killer, a heartbreaking, powerful and brilliant TV production written by Michael Crompton.

Revealing the story of how DNA fingerprinting was discovered and then used in a double murder investigation.

It was a real honour to be asked to write the ITV interviews for this moving 2 x 90 minute drama, which begins at 9pm on Easter Monday.

Including an unforgettable day in the very same laboratory at Leicester University where Sir Alec experienced that ‘Eureka Moment’ on September 10 1984. Continue reading

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Ordinary Lies

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“THAT’S happening all round the country to 41-year-olds who look like me.

“But nobody gets to see that on the telly.”

Sally Lindsay is talking about her main storyline in new BBC1 six-part drama series Ordinary Lies.

Written by Danny Brocklehurst and made by Red Productions.

One sentence alone that should have you tuning in to the opening episode at 9pm next Tuesday (March 17). Continue reading

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Arthur & George: Martin Clunes

Arthur (Martin Clunes) and George (Arsher Ali).

Arthur (Martin Clunes) and George (Arsher Ali).

“SUCCESS is a terrible mistress.”

Martin Clunes is about to star on screen as Sherlock novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

With Arthur & George starting on ITV at 9pm on Monday (March 2).

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Julian Barnes.

Before starting work at the end of March on a seventh series of Doc Martin.

Both TV dramas produced by his wife Philippa Braithwaite.

You might think life is simple for a successful actor like Martin.

Aside from having to answer yet another tedious question about whether Men Behaving Badly will ever return.

I’ve heard him being asked that dozens of times over the years and the answer remains, of course, no.

But despite always putting on an entertaining show during interviews, usually with a bit of edge, he can be – like most actors – a sensitive soul.

So it was no surprise to learn at the ITV launch for the new three-part drama that Martin has previously “bailed out” of other productions.

Even after signing the contract to appear in them. Continue reading

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