“IT is a serious drama where we ask serious questions.
“There is a very sensitive subject matter – it explores the nature of good and bad and evil.”
Anna Maxwell Martin talking to me about her role as Merrily Watkins in chilling new ITV drama Midwinter of the Spirit.
Based on the novels by Phil Rickman, the three-part series begins at 9pm on Wednesday (September 23).
There is a lot to say about what has the potential to be a long running returning drama.
“I gather there was a lot of excitement online.
“We trended on Twitter as #ladynerds – which I love.
“Bletchley and these girls represent everything that is brilliant about Britain.
“They’re eccentric, non-conformist and think outside the box.”
Rachael Stirling talking to me about series one of The Bletchley Circle and reprising her role as Millie in the second series.
Which begins on ITV at 9pm on Monday (January 6).
I was delighted to be asked to write the cast interviews for the new series, as I had done for the first one.
The Bletchley Circle is an intriguing three-part drama which begins on ITV1 at 9pm this Thursday (Sept 6).
And also the second of the four ITV Drama press packs I worked on this summer.
Including my interviews with lead cast members Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham.
Plus producer Jake Lushington, writer Guy Burt and costume designer Anna Robbins.
“IF you go to the cinema midway through a film, you watch the second half first, don’t you?
“So you see how the characters end up in the story.
“What happened to turn them into the people they became.
“It’s like a riddle you have to solve.”
So begins The Night Watch on BBC2 tomorrow night.
Yet another television treat from BBC Drama.
In a month that will also bring us the start of The Hour, of which more later.
My feature on The Night Watch is in today’s MEN and below.
(Don’t scroll down if you have yet to see the conclusion)
THE third and final episode of South Riding has just finished on BBC1.
I first saw it a few weeks ago and have watched it again several times since.
A beautiful, haunting last hour of television drama, adapted by screenwriter Andrew Davies from Winifred Holtby’s novel.
Both heartbreaking and uplifting.
With a spellbinding – and hopefully award-winning – performance from Anna Maxwell Martin as Sarah Burton.
IT begins with Anna Maxwell Martin on a steam train and David Morrissey riding a horse.
Both heading for the same destination.
If you’re in the UK and able to watch, do yourself a favour tomorrow (Sunday).
Record anything else you might want to catch and settle down to watch BBC1 at 9pm.