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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Poldark: BFI Q&A

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“I hope I’m not intruding…”

Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall – and our television screens – in a new BBC1 (and PBS) adaptation of Winston Graham’s novels.

Some, like me, will be old enough to remember the iconic 1970s’ Poldark TV series starring Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees.

While younger viewers may have no idea what all the fuss is about.

Aidan Turner, who takes the title role in the 2015 series, admits he initially had to enlist the help of Google to find out what Poldark was. Continue reading

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Ant’s Valentine’s Night Surprise

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I’VE been a regular customer of this local chippie for 35 years.

So Ant McPartlin’s Chiswick story on last night’s (Saturday Feb 14) The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV was of particular interest.

Telling of a past Valentine’s Night romantic surprise for his wife, Strictly make-up supremo Lisa Armstrong.

Taking her to Chris’s Fish Bar in Turnham Green Terrace rather than Michelin-starred La Trompette in nearby Devonshire Road. Continue reading

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Robson Green: More Tales From Northumberland

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August 2014 and I’m sitting on a London sofa with Robson Green.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve interviewed him.

We seem to have been meeting up for decades to discuss his various TV projects.

And it’s always a pleasure to talk to a canny lad who was born not far away from me.

Someone who has done much to put something back into the place he came from.

With a real heartfelt appreciation for his homeland and how it shaped him and his family. Continue reading

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