“IT really is an astonishing story. An incredible adventure. Pure and simple.
A story of discovery and imagination…”
Max Irons talking to me about his role as archeologist Howard Carter in Tutankhamun (ITV, 9pm, Sunday October 16).
The four part series does, indeed, tell an astonishing story.
With Sam Neill as Lord Carnarvon, the man with the money – and patience – behind this real life quest. Continue reading
“IT’S not really a world I know much about.
“I’m a poncey little actor.”
Philip Glenister talking to me about his role in new six-part thriller The Level.
Which begins on ITV at 9pm this Friday (Sept 30).
Phil plays haulage boss Frank Le Saux in a tale with more than a few twists on the road ahead. Continue reading
“YOU start thinking, ‘Is this going to be about small town cops investigating a brutal murder?
‘Or is it going to be something more than that?’
“And it turns out to be something far more than that.”
Robert Glenister talking to me about new eight-part ITV drama Paranoid, made by the Red Production Company.
A truly gripping story filmed in Cheshire and Germany starting at 9pm this Thursday (Sept 22).
Starring Robert as veteran cop Bobby Day, Indira Varma and Dino Fetscher as police colleagues Nina Suresh and Alec Wayfield, Neil Stuke as their boss Michael Niles and Lesley Sharp as murder eyewitness Lucy Cannonbury. Continue reading
“I aspire to make people laugh out loud and a tear to form in their eye.
“I feel we’ve achieved that.”
Cold Feet creator and writer Mike Bullen talking to me earlier this year about the return of the much loved ITV series.
Finally arriving back on screen at 9pm on Monday (Sept 5).
I can still recall the buzz in the room after the screening of the first episode of series one at the London launch of Cold Feet in 1998, some 18 months after the pilot was broadcast.
Interviewing the cast then it was clear they and Mike had created something very special indeed. A fresh, original, surprising series with – as in life – moments of comedy and drama entwined. Continue reading
“IT was extraordinary.
“All the men in the crew went very quiet.”
Penelope Wilton talking to me about glorious new ITV drama Brief Encounters.
Starting in 1982, the six-part series begins at 9pm next Monday (July 4) and is just the tonic we need after the turmoil of recent times.
Sophie Rundle (Steph), Angela Griffin (Nita), Sharon Rooney (Dawn) and Penelope (Pauline) give compelling performances in this Sheffield filmed and set production.
Four women linked by the emergence of Ann Summers’ party planning, providing hope, confidence, ambition and a chance of independence.
As well as its fair share of laughter and tears along the way at a time when attitudes to women and sex were very different to today. Continue reading
“AUDIENCES don’t like to be treated as if they’re stupid.
“Sometimes I think we dumb things down and underestimate the intelligence of an audience.
“We’re not stupid. We don’t need it hammered into our head.
“We want to work a little bit.
“And I think this asks that of the audience.”
Anna Friel talking to me on location in Paddington about Marcella (ITV, 9pm, Monday April 4).
A truly outstanding eight-part drama filmed and set in London written by The Bridge’s Hans Rosenfeldt.
With one of the most gripping scripts I’ve ever read. Continue reading
“IT’S a great advert for community and helping each other.
“That sense of community and looking out for one another that we’ve very much lost nowadays.
“I do think there is a huge longing for that.”
Samantha Bond talking to me about the return of Home Fires to ITV at 9pm this Sunday (April 3).
The first series attracted an average audience of 6.2 million and wove its way into the hearts of viewers.
Having interviewed the cast for ITV ahead of that first series it was my pleasure to do the same again for series two.
As good as the opening series was, these six new episodes – set in the summer of 1940 – have really raised the bar.
With some terrific storytelling involving both the Great Paxford characters we know and a few new faces.
All beautifully acted and filmed for a real Sunday night treat.
Again including the award-winning music by composer Samuel Sim. Continue reading