“I’D always resisted bringing Cold Feet back.
“I didn’t want to revisit something and go along that well-trodden path where things are resurrected and then don’t have the strength, innovation or the voice they had originally.
“But when I read the scripts I thought they were very good. We slotted back into it really well but there was no complacency.
“We did feel under pressure and so it was lovely that people took to it.”
James Nesbitt talking to me about last year’s return of Cold Feet.
Ahead of series seven which begins on ITV this Friday (Sept 8) at 9pm. 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
“SAVING lives, to save their own.”
The Crimson Field begins on BBC1 at 9pm next Sunday (April 6).
A six episode drama series about volunteer British nurses at a field hospital in northern France.
Part of the BBC’s First World War season, it features a strong cast including Hermione Norris, Suranne Jones, Kerry Fox, Oona Chaplin and Kevin Doyle.
Starting in 1915 with the arrival of new VADs – Voluntary Aid Detachment – to join professional military nurses like Matron Grace Carter, played by Hermione.
With Oona as Kitty Trevelyan, Alice St Clair as Flora Marshall and Marianne Oldham as Rosalie Berwick.
Kevin Doyle is Lieutenant-Colonel Roland Brett, the man in charge of the hospital.
But even he has to answer to others higher up the Army command ladder. Continue reading
(Spoiler alert: Do not read further if you have yet to watch the final episode)
The poignant last ever episode of Spooks has just finished.
There will be no more.
Nicola Walker summed up my feelings in an interview this week when she said:
“The storyline for this last series is the right ending for the show.
“I don’t know if it’s going to please everybody but it’s a very clever and grown up end point.” Continue reading
Daniel Mays as Cass
ALL may not be as it seems when you watch the first episode of new BBC1 sci-fi drama Outcasts.
There are secrets and lies to be uncovered, along with things the human race has never encountered before.
Just who are the outcasts? What lies beyond the boundaries of frontier town Forthaven? And what exactly happened back on Earth after the Shanghai Uprising? Continue reading
Jack Holt (Ashley Walters) and Stella Isen (Hermione Norris)
“WHAT we’re facing goes beyond everything we know.”
The first media screening of Outcasts in London last night.
We saw episode one of BBC1’s new eight-part series – due on screen next month – plus a long press showreel of what follows.
Outcasts stars Liam Cunningham, Hermione Norris, Daniel Mays, Jamie Bamber, Amy Manson, Ashley Walters, Michael Legge and Eric Mabius.
A group of pioneering humans has created a new home in the settlement of Forthaven on the planet Carpathia. Continue reading
Hermione Norris (Stella) and Ashley Walters (Jack) in Outcasts
A rainy night in London town this evening for a special BBC Drama event.
Launching both its autumn and winter season, as well as a vision of the future.
Many actors, writers, directors and producers were there.
Including Sherlock and Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat, Daniel Mays, Jamie Bamber, David Morrissey and Anne Reid. Continue reading