Mysterious Creatures

IF you chose to watch Mysterious Creatures on ITV1 last night, you’ll know it was no laughing matter.
But old friends Tim Spall and Brenda Blethyn, who played Bill and Wendy Ainscow, managed to find some things to smile about during filming.
As Tim told me at the press launch earlier this month: “There’s a very fine line between tragedy and comedy.”

On location in Tenerife, Bill described the cast hotel as “Las Vegas meets Matalan. It was a peculiar place.”
And sound problems with a scene involving Brenda in the sea meant she had to embark on some long distance acting a few months later.
“The sobbing and gagging and choking I did down a phone line from Sydney,” she revealed.
Rebekah Staton, who played Lisa, also found something to smile about.
After filming last night’s drama she landed a role in new BBC3 comedy Pulling.
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  1. Sue Kelly

    I found the drama incredibly moving and sad. I have also experienced similar problems with my daughter and the isolation and frustration the whole family suffers can be overwhelming at times.
    Nowadays it is the vogue to try to put people into boxes but we are all individuals and none of us actually meets the criteria of normal I would suspect – whatever that is.
    I think the lesson to be learnt from this is that we are all different and some of us struggle more than others to ‘fit’ into today’s harsh society.
    The idea that ‘boundaries’ should be set and stuck to is simplistic at best and condescending at worst. If you’ve spent years struggling to help one of these ‘special’ people fit into our idea of society and ‘failed’, having someone criticise you is unhelpful. Not everyone understands ‘the rules’.
    A well acted, thought provoking drama which could be used to educate many of the educational and medical professionals in our society to be more tolerant and to celebrate difference rather than try to ‘normalise’ it.

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