The Trials of Jimmy Rose: Interviews

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“FOR every action there’s a reaction…”

Ray Winstone stars at the title character in new three-part ITV drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose.

With Amanda Redman as his wife Jackie.

Two class acts in a strong cast, featuring Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey and Montanna Thompson. Continue reading

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Downton Abbey: Final Press Launch

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“IF I could stop history in its tracks maybe I would.

“But I can’t, Carson.

“Nor you nor I can hold back time.”

Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) in the opening episode of the sixth and final series of Downton Abbey, which begins early in 1925.

Setting the scene for what is to come.

I attended the London premiere of Downton Abbey 6.1 yesterday.

Followed by two press conferences and then the usual afternoon of embargoed round table interviews with the cast. Continue reading

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Black Work: Sheridan Smith

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“IT must be a horrible feeling to trust someone and then find out they weren’t who they said they were.”

Sheridan Smith talking to me about her role as Jo Gillespie in new three-part drama Black Work.

It’s always a pleasure to speak to Sheridan and this latest encounter came just after she had been to Buckingham Palace to collect her OBE from Prince William:

“An unforgettable day. Absolutely magical, like a dream. I will never, ever, forget it.” Continue reading

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Coronation Street: Jimi Mistry

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SPOILER alert: Do not read any further if you have yet to watch tonight’s (Thursday) episode of Coronation Street.

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It was no secret that Jimi Mistry was leaving the cobbles.

But the death of his character Kal Nazir in tonight’s (Thursday) Coronation Street fire and explosion was kept under wraps until the episode aired on ITV.

As producer Stuart Blackburn noted: “The ability of a show like Corrie to still shock and surprise the audience is really precious.” Continue reading

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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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