Jekyll and Hyde: Interviews


“NOT one. But truly two.”

Jekyll and Hyde arrives on ITV at 6:30pm this Sunday (October 25) bringing a whole new world to British television.

A clever re-invention and development of the original story, set in the 1930s and featuring the grandson of the first Dr Jekyll…and Mr Hyde.

Resulting in one of the coolest, sharpest, wittiest, stylish and ever-so-slightly scary new dramas you could wish to see.

Creator, writer and executive producer Charlie Higson’s balance of action, adventure, horror, romance and humour is spot on.

With a real new star in leading man Tom Bateman.

Totally convincing as confused and innocent young Robert Jekyll.

And, in Charlie’s own words, “a sexy bad boy” when he turns into ‘superhero’ Hyde.

Backed by a superb cast including Natalie Gumede as Bella, Stephanie Hyam as Lily, Donald Sumpeter as Garson and Richard E Grant as Bulstrode.

Together with Poldark’s Ruby Bentall as ever-so-super Hils and Enzo Clienti as the rather terrifying Captain Dance.

Not forgetting a world of monsters, some likely to become cult favourites. Continue reading

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Unforgotten: Interviews


“HOW do you live when you have done something in your past that you have to completely bury?

“How do you present this alternative face and personality that you then believe is real? You re-write your history.

“When something awful has happened, how do you live?”

Nicola Walker talking to me about new six-part puzzle Unforgotten.

It starts on ITV at 9pm this Thursday (October 8) and is one of the best dramas I have seen in 2015.

The first production from Mainstreet Pictures, the independent drama company set up by Sally Haynes and Laura Mackie.

Unforgotten stars Nicola as DCI Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as DS Sunil Khan.

Investigating the murder of a young man dating back almost 40 years to 1976. Continue reading

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Midwinter of the Spirit: Interviews

“IT is a serious drama where we ask serious questions.

“There is a very sensitive subject matter – it explores the nature of good and bad and evil.”

Anna Maxwell Martin talking to me about her role as Merrily Watkins in chilling new ITV drama Midwinter of the Spirit.

Based on the novels by Phil Rickman, the three-part series begins at 9pm on Wednesday (September 23).

There is a lot to say about what has the potential to be a long running returning drama. Continue reading

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The Trials of Jimmy Rose: Interviews


“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


“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


“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


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


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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