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“HE’S working his way through Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes casts.

“He’ll be casting Keeley Hawes in Prey 3, probably. I would’t be surprised.”

Philip Glenister talking to me about his role as prison officer David Murdoch in the second series of Prey, created and again written by Chris Lunt.

Joking about the fact he follows on from former Life On Mars – and Mad Dogs – co-star John Simm who appeared in the acclaimed first series.

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“HOW do you live when you have done something in your past that you have to completely bury?

“How do you present this alternative face and personality that you then believe is real? You re-write your history.

“When something awful has happened, how do you live?”

Nicola Walker talking to me about new six-part puzzle Unforgotten.

It starts on ITV at 9pm this Thursday (October 8) and is one of the best dramas I have seen in 2015.

The first production from Mainstreet Pictures, the independent drama company set up by Sally Haynes and Laura Mackie.

Unforgotten stars Nicola as DCI Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as DS Sunil Khan.

Investigating the murder of a young man dating back almost 40 years to 1976.

“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.

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“FOR every action there’s a reaction…”

Ray Winstone stars at the title character in new three-part ITV drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose.

With Amanda Redman as his wife Jackie.

Two class acts in a strong cast, featuring Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey and Montanna Thompson.

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“IF I could stop history in its tracks maybe I would.

“But I can’t, Carson.

“Nor you nor I can hold back time.”

Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) in the opening episode of the sixth and final series of Downton Abbey, which begins early in 1925.

Setting the scene for what is to come.

I attended the London premiere of Downton Abbey 6.1 yesterday.

Followed by two press conferences and then the usual afternoon of embargoed round table interviews with the cast.

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“IT must be a horrible feeling to trust someone and then find out they weren’t who they said they were.”

Sheridan Smith talking to me about her role as Jo Gillespie in new three-part drama Black Work.

It’s always a pleasure to speak to Sheridan and this latest encounter came just after she had been to Buckingham Palace to collect her OBE from Prince William:

“An unforgettable day. Absolutely magical, like a dream. I will never, ever, forget it.”

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“I have to protect him…I’m not a bad person.”

Jenny Bradley at the centre of the drama in this week’s five special Coronation Street episodes.

As she plans to kidnap Kevin’s (Michael Le Vell) son Jack and set off on the road to Hull.

Complete with wig and a new identity as Melanie Davis.

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“I hope viewers will see Home Fires as a really gripping drama telling various personal stories.

“It shows what goes on behind closed doors with elements of discovery and intrigue.”

Samantha Bond talking to me about ITV’s new World War Two drama, which begins at 9pm this Sunday (May 3).

The six-part series, also starring the likes of Francesca Annis, Ed Stoppard, Ruth Gemmell and Daniel Ryan, is not what you might be expecting.

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“I had to wild swim in Coniston Water once or twice.

“And I was in Derwent Water three times…and it was very cold.”

Christopher Eccleston talking to me about his role as former police detective Robert in new ITV drama Safe House, filmed in the Lake District.

“The house is a central character. We do have the sense the ‘safe house’ is ironic. Because it’s not safe.”

Arthur (Martin Clunes) and George (Arsher Ali).
Arthur (Martin Clunes) and George (Arsher Ali).

“SUCCESS is a terrible mistress.”

Martin Clunes is about to star on screen as Sherlock novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

With Arthur & George starting on ITV at 9pm on Monday (March 2).

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Julian Barnes.

Before starting work at the end of March on a seventh series of Doc Martin.

Both TV dramas produced by his wife Philippa Braithwaite.

You might think life is simple for a successful actor like Martin.

Aside from having to answer yet another tedious question about whether Men Behaving Badly will ever return.

I’ve heard him being asked that dozens of times over the years and the answer remains, of course, no.

But despite always putting on an entertaining show during interviews, usually with a bit of edge, he can be – like most actors – a sensitive soul.

So it was no surprise to learn at the ITV launch for the new three-part drama that Martin has previously “bailed out” of other productions.

Even after signing the contract to appear in them.