“THE Durrells is not mushy in any way, ever.

“The cute stuff is always cut with very sharp humour and observation, so it’s never twee.

“That’s what I love about it. It is so clever.

“It’s such an easy and funny read. That sort of writing is some of the most difficult to do because it’s actually a little bit sharper than you imagine.”

Keeley Hawes talking to me about the glorious return of The Durrells for a third series, filmed in Corfu and Ealing Studios.

Starting on ITV at 8pm this Sunday (March 18).

 

“EVERYONE brings their top game to Endeavour.

“We’re very lucky.

“I’m glad people love it because that’s our intention.”

Shaun Evans talking to me about the return of the, now, Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse to the screen.

Starting on ITV at 8pm this Sunday (Feb 4).

The new 2018 series five of Endeavour being the longest yet with six feature-length films.

Infused with a sense of endings and new beginnings.

And further glimpses of the younger Morse’s relationships with women.

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Roger Allam as Det Insp Fred Thursday and Shaun Evans as Det Sgt Endeavour Morse

“There’s a little bit of action. Not before time, if you ask me,” added Shaun.

“It’s interesting as well. It shows you another side of the character. He is a young man in 1968.

“Joan Thursday (Sara Vickers) is still part of the story.

“His involvement with other women is a subconscious knee-jerk reaction to the history between him and Joan.

“He’s trying to find his place in the world and who he’s going to spend it with.

“His relationships with other women show a slightly more rounded version of the character. I think it’s OK to surprise people.”

All of which is all the more poignant, knowing – as we do – that Morse eventually died alone.

Shaun giving a heartbreaking performance as lost soul Endeavour.

 

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“ONE of the great themes of the story is family, love and loyalty.

“It asks the question, ‘How far would you go to protect the ones you love?’

“People watching will ask themselves, ‘What would I do in that situation? What decisions would you make?’”

Archie Panjabi talking to me about her role as Mona in new drama Next Of Kin.

A six part thriller which begins on ITV at 9pm on Monday (January 8).

One of the must watch television dramas of 2018.

“WHAT I’ve had once or twice is people saying:

‘Oh, hello. I know you…what’s your name again?’

“I say, ‘Rowan Atkinson.’

“And they say, ‘No, no, no.’

“A most peculiar idea where you tell people your name and they don’t believe you.

“Or they assume you’re joking. That you’ve made something up.

“For your identity to be denied to your face is potentially quite disturbing.”

Rowan Atkinson talking to me about his experiences on public transport.

“I can understand that rollercoaster people go on when they’ve lied.

“They start to cover up that lie and it just becomes a huge web of deceit they can’t get out of.

“I’ve seen people do that and seen it spiral out of control.”

Sarah Parish talking to me about new four-part ITV thriller Bancroft.

It begins at 9pm on Monday (Dec 11) and will be screened over four consecutive nights.

“I’D always resisted bringing Cold Feet back.

“I didn’t want to revisit something and go along that well-trodden path where things are resurrected and then don’t have the strength, innovation or the voice they had originally.

“But when I read the scripts I thought they were very good. We slotted back into it really well but there was no complacency.

“We did feel under pressure and so it was lovely that people took to it.”

James Nesbitt talking to me about last year’s return of Cold Feet.

Ahead of series seven which begins on ITV this Friday (Sept 8) at 9pm.

“I still pinch myself sometimes because what I get to do for my life, for my job, is such a privilege.

“And there are moments when you rise above yourself and look down and go, ‘I can’t believe I get to do this.’”

Stephen Moyer talking to me about his role as Tom Brook in Safe House.

A four-part second series of the ITV drama with a new cast, story and location.