What We Did On Our Holiday

ONLY Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd Pack had a confession to make at the screening of a moving new ITV1 drama.
What We Did On Our Holiday features Roger as Jim, a husband and father in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s.
His son Nick is played by Shane Richie, in a very different role to that of Alfie Moon in EastEnders.
Shane may be a familiar face to millions of TV viewers, but Roger had never heard of him.

“I have to admit, I wasn’t that familiar with him, to be perfectly honest, quite simply because I’m not a soap fan,” he explained.
“I don’t watch EastEnders and the soaps, they kind of come at the wrong time of day for me. So I didn’t know who he was, which will sound ridiculous to some I should imagine.
“Consequently, I had no preconceived ideas about what kind of actor he would be. He’s been a pleasure to work with.”
There may be a few tears at the end of the one-off drama, which is screened this Sunday at 9pm.
Although, at times, hard to watch, Roger gives an extraordinary performance, even though he has very few lines of dialogue in the two-hour film.
“It was pretty draining,” he reflects. “It was an emotional thing to do because it makes you realise how anything can happen in your life. It’s a difficult illness to deal with and quite misunderstood.
“What did strike me very much in talking to people who’ve got Parkinson’s was – it’s a prison that they’re in. They were treated as if they were mentally defective because of their eccentric outward appearance and mumbling and incapacity to speak and move properly.

“And yet, when you got through that, they were often highly intelligent people able to relate to you in the way that anyone else could, but who would be condescended to and patronised by people who weren’t prepared, or were shocked, by their quite disturbing physical movements.
“That would be upsetting to people who, maybe, would not be able to get through that to see the person underneath.
“So I did feel very strongly that people were imprisoned and that upset me more than anything. It must be very hard to bear and it must be very, very lonely.”
Pauline Collins plays Jim’s wife Lil, demonstrating how the disease also affects the lives of partners. At one stage her frustrations finally explode and she hits out at the man she loves.
“It’s an awful thing to have to do to anybody,” said Pauline. “And, of course, it happens. This woman is in her mid-sixties and tired. He’s had the disease for 20-odd years, so she must be at the end of her tether.”
The film is based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by John Harding, with an ending you may not see coming.
Roger – about to return to the role of land owner Owen Newitt for two final episodes of BBC1’s The Vicar of Dibley – hopes the drama will give viewers a new insight into Parkinson’s.
“It was a very interesting and humbling looking into this illness because it’s a lot more complex than I first thought.”
Meanwhile Shane is heading for Manchester to film a new ITV1 drama. Click here to read yesterday’s MEN interview with the ex-EastEnder.
Parkinson’s Disease Society


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19 responses to “What We Did On Our Holiday

  1. stacey

    is this on every sunday now because it was gr8t last night

  2. Steve

    Best Thing thats ever been on television ; Hope they release on DVD.

  3. Frances

    Would you believe I dvd’d this show. Watched it last night and found it good watching unfortunately the dvd finished before the end of the film! Was there any more after Nick let go of his father in the water? I have been dying to know all day.

  4. karen needham

    what music was playing all though the programme in the background? It sounded very familiar.

  5. martine wilson

    I live in Malta, and as this drama was filmed in Malta is there a dvd out that I could purchase. from UK

  6. Ian Wylie

    I have spoken to ITV and they confirm that What We Did On Our Holiday WILL be released on DVD in the near future, but they do not have a date as yet.

  7. josh

    I wish you could make another one of Malta with the same people in it. I thought it was a very good drama.

  8. charles camenzuli

    hi, is it possible to buy the above dvd? or else from where can i buy it..
    thanks alot

  9. Ian Wylie

    Charles – no further update on my Oct 19 reply above, I’m afraid.

  10. Lucy

    Hi, I was wondering if any dates have been confirmed about the dvd being released. I saw this drama and fell in love with it, it was fantastic!!!

  11. Ian Wylie

    Lucy, no date as yet, I’m afraid.

  12. Helen Carpenter

    Please, Please release this on DVD it was brilliant, very moving and my sister did not get to see it.

  13. Ron

    I had recorded this and moved it on to a DVD only to find there was only an hour of it on DVD! So I didnt get to see beyond the 1st hour. Would love to know what happened immediately after he found his son (if it was his son). If anyone has the time to summarise, be grateful. Or of course if anyone has it on DVD.

  14. Roxanne

    Watched this today on Foxtel! Trying to buy on line! Nothing! Do you think it will ever become avalible to buy!
    Adelaide, Australia

  15. Ian Wylie

    Roxanne – I will check again with ITV. Looks like they may have gone back on their earlier promise re a DVD release as nothing has appeared.

  16. Oliver Salkind

    Could ITV please make a statement as to whether or not this drama will be released on DVD, and if so when? It was superb, I went to holiday on Malta with my friend and it was a brillinat holiday, I’d love to go back soon.

  17. michelle leggrtt

    I have just read the book and would like to see the adaptation – can I get it any where please

  18. Lyndon Newton

    Does anyone know if the DVD has been released or not?

  19. Jean Mellor

    I’m just asking the same question .. Why has such a good drama not been released on d v d. It would instantlly sell well , its a timeless story … We go to Malta each year and would just love to buy this on d v d

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