My name is Ian Wylie and I am a London-based freelance journalist, TV specialist and exiled Geordie.
Not always with a fixed grin.
I write for a range of UK national newspapers and magazines and work with ITV on the interviews for many of their drama press packs / production notes.
Until October 2009 I was the London Editor & TV Editor of the Manchester Evening News / MEN Media, based for the last 12 years in my west London home office after years in both Fleet Street and Farringdon Road.
I’ve written about television for the last 25 years, concentrating almost exclusively on it since 1997, interviewing hundreds of top stars along the way, including a poignant last interview with Jill Dando exactly a week before she was murdered.
I regularly interview cast members on the sets of Britain’s leading TV dramas, as well as interviews in London and elsewhere after their work is done.
Plus anyone from the latest rising star to leading TV executives and writers via – to name a few – Downton Abbey, Doc Martin, Mr Selfridge, Midsomer Murders and the cobbles of Coronation Street.
In the summer of 2015 I was honoured to be asked to write for the BAFTA brochure for the London event when Downton Abbey was presented with a special British Academy Award. Click on the link below to read:
Hosted by Jonathan Ross, the evening was attended by most of the Downton cast, past and present, including Dame Maggie Smith and Dan Stevens. It was also recorded for broadcast on ITV later in the year.
Current and recent projects include ITV cast and production interviews for Jekyll and Hyde, Churchill’s Secret, Prey 2, Unforgotten, Jericho, Peter and Wendy, The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Beowulf, Julian Fellowes’ adapted Doctor Thorne, Midwinter Of The Spirit, The Durrells, Houdini and Doyle, Black Work, Code Of A Killer, Safe House, Home Fires, Cilla; Grantchester; ITV Encore (Interviews with ITV Director of Television Peter Fincham and Broadchurch Producer Richard Stokes); Chasing Shadows; The Great Fire and the 2015 series of Foyle’s War, which includes a guest role by Frasier star John Mahoney.
Other recent projects include interviews for ITV with John Simm and Chris Lunt for Prey; Lucan; Mr Selfridge series two; Breathless; The Bletchley Circle 2 plus 17 cast interviews for Downton Abbey series five; Interviews for BBC TV dramas Quirke, The Great Train Robbery, Death Comes To Pemberley and The Fall 2; The ITV production notes/press pack for Scott & Bailey 3; Nine cast interviews – including Jeremy Piven and Katherine Kelly – for the first series of Mr Selfridge, which premiered in the UK in January 2013 and was broadcast in America on PBS Masterpiece from March 31 and 10 interviews for Mr Selfridge series two, which began in the UK in January 2014 and started on PBS on March 30 2014. My first series ITV production notes / press pack interviews also feature executive producer Kate Lewis. The second series interviews are here.
Seven major cast interviews for December 2012 ITV1 drama serial The Town, including Andrew Scott, Martin Clunes, Charlotte Riley, Kelly Adams, Gerard Kearns and Julia McKenzie, 18 cast interviews for ITV1 dramas Mrs Biggs, The Bletchley Circle, Homefront plus 19 cast interviews for the third series of Downton Abbey.
Other press packs for ITV include nine one-to-one interviews for series two of Scott and Bailey – including Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, Amelia Bullmore, Lisa Riley, Sean Maguire, Nicholas Gleaves and Sally Wainwright.
Click on this link to read the Scott & Bailey Series 2 Wylie ITV Interviews
I spent a week on set at Stern Studios in Budapest (June/July 2011) with the cast of Titanic – ITV1’s major drama series screened worldwide in March and April 2012. Commissioned by ITV to write the global press pack, I was given the most access to filming, the incredible set, cast and production team compared to any other journalist. I completed 25 one-to-one interviews, including 17 principal cast members, writer Julian Fellowes and several key members of the production.
Click here to read my 25 interviews in the ITV Production Notes.
I also played the role of Man Trying To Hide Behind Church Pillar at the wedding of Tom Barnaby’s daughter Cully in Midsomer Murders.
And did much the same as one of just 28 reporters from all over the world invited into Westminster Abbey for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
They even sent me a slice of their wedding cake.
The Life of Wylie blog started in the summer of 2006, when I took a fortnight out to report on the tennis at Wimbledon- an event I have covered ever since as an associate member of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association. (Note: Due to the MEN’s move from original platform Movable Type, content may be mashed)
I wrote this for Press Gazette about my working week at SW19.
This blog has (October 2014) recorded over 1.1 million page views since it was moved to the WordPress platform almost four years ago and has many loyal readers who spread my work across the web.
So TV has become my speciality. But that’s not the full story.
During my journalism career to date, I have been lucky enough to be present in the front row at many moments of history.
That includes being the lead reporter sat just a few metres away from Charles and Diana during their wedding at St Paul’s Catherdral and a similar role for Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.
As a member of the Parliamentary Press Lobby, I’ve covered several general election campaigns – I was standing opposite the door of No 10 when Tony Blair walked in for the first time as Prime Minister – and helped lead MEN Media coverage at Westminster of the MPs’ expenses scandal.
And, sadly, arrived very early at the hospital when, then, Labour leader John Smith died.
Not forgetting decades of covering all things Myra Hindley, London bombings from IRA to 7/7, many Old Bailey trials, starting with the Yorkshire Ripper, hundreds of High Court cases, the Queen Mother’s funeral, George Best’s life and times (the morning after that Wogan interview was just one of many memorable moments), Eric Cantona’s seagulls and trawler (both the copy-taker and newsdesk thought I’d gone mad), the World Darts Final and countless other highlights not involving giant trays of lager.
Now I am a freelance with contacts, interviews and access continuing exactly as before.
Still as fascinated by what I do as the day I started, with the added advantage of being able to use my skills across online, video and audio.
In my spare time I like to take photographs.
You can see some of them at: ianwyliephoto.com
With a wider range of all sorts of photos at: Ian Wylie Flickr
Three of my photos were included in the Daily Telegraph readers’ pictures of the year 2012 gallery – although I read all the newspapers!
Since then a number of my pics have somehow ended up in UK national newspapers, as well as international magazines and books.
Although I still have much to learn before I would class myself as anywhere near a professional photographer.
If you have come to this page as a result of a pitch I’ve made to you, thank you for reading this far.
If not – and you want to contact me – my email is:
ian DOT wylie AT btclick DOT com
@ianwylie on Twitter