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“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.

Anna Friel as Ellie Manning.

ANNA Friel is sitting in a hotel suite high above London’s Berkeley Square.

In a cinema several floors below we’ve just seen a cast and crew preview of her new ITV1 drama series Without You.

It’s late evening and there’s a post-screening get-together to attend just around the corner.

But first Anna takes time out to give a small group interview.

As ever, she’s not afraid of straight-talking – as you’ll discover in my MEN feature from yesterday (Thursday Nov 24) below.