“YOU can’t point to a time in history when there weren’t liars and cheats. “They just come in […]
“EVERYBODY has their own shadow. The shadow within.
“I find all of that really interesting. Maybe it explains why we all like to read or watch dark stories.
“Sometimes people want to look at monsters and hold the darkness up in the light.
“Then put it away safely.”
Laura Fraser talking to me about new six part drama The Loch, which begins on ITV at 9pm this Sunday (June 11).
“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.
“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.
“THIS is really up there with the best of what I’ve done.”
Keeley Hawes talking to me on location in Corfu during filming for new six-part drama series The Durrells (ITV, 8pm Sunday April 3).
One of the most joyous productions I’ve ever had the privilege to write about.
I read Simon Nye’s sharp, warm and wonderful scripts before flying to the Greek island last September.
Having been a member of the Durrell Wildlife Preservation Trust for over 25 years and a regular visitor to their HQ in Jersey, this project already had a special place in my heart.
Also being present at Gerald Durrell’s Memorial Celebration at London’s Natural History Museum in 1995.
As the sun rose on our first full day of interviews on location, all the signs were that The Durrells was going to be truly magical.
Watching filming and then talking to Keeley and the rest of the cast simply reinforced that belief.
As did a trip to the house by the sea used as the exterior location for the family’s home on Corfu.
Along with a meeting with one of the two pelicans who play another star of the show.
“IT was one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done in my life.”
House star Michael Weston talking about filming Harry Houdini’s Chinese Water Torture stage routine for a new TV drama.
Houdini & Doyle co-stars Stephen Mangan as Arthur Conan Doyle.
An intriguing 10-part crime drama with a supernatural twist which begins in the UK on both ITV and ITV Encore at 10:15pm tomorrow (Sunday March 13).
Subsequent episodes screening exclusively on ITV Encore at 9pm on Thursdays, starting from March 17.
A UK / Canada co-production broadcast on Global in Canada and Fox in America from May 2.
Brought to the screen by the creators of House.
“I knew at once I wanted to do it.”
Doctor Thorne is Julian Fellowes’ first screen project since Downton Abbey said its UK farewell last Christmas Day.
A deliciously comedic world adapted from the Anthony Trollope novel.
Starring Tom Hollander in the title role with a superb cast including Rebecca Front, Ian McShane, Phoebe Nicholls, Richard McCabe and Alison Brie.
With newcomers Stefanie Martini (Mary) and Harry Richardson (Frank) making a big impression at the start of what are set to be notable acting careers.
Starting on ITV at 9pm this Sunday (March 6) Doctor Thorne is a glorious three part treat.
Filmed in some of the most striking locations England has to offer.
“NOT one. But truly two.”
Jekyll and Hyde arrives on ITV at 6:30pm this Sunday (October 25) bringing a whole new world to British television.
A clever re-invention and development of the original story, set in the 1930s and featuring the grandson of the first Dr Jekyll…and Mr Hyde.
Resulting in one of the coolest, sharpest, wittiest, stylish and ever-so-slightly scary new dramas you could wish to see.
Creator, writer and executive producer Charlie Higson’s balance of action, adventure, horror, romance and humour is spot on.
With a real new star in leading man Tom Bateman.
Totally convincing as confused and innocent young Robert Jekyll.
And, in Charlie’s own words, “a sexy bad boy” when he turns into ‘superhero’ Hyde.
Backed by a superb cast including Natalie Gumede as Bella, Stephanie Hyam as Lily, Donald Sumpeter as Garson and Richard E Grant as Bulstrode.
Together with Poldark’s Ruby Bentall as ever-so-super Hils and Enzo Clienti as the rather terrifying Captain Dance.
Not forgetting a world of monsters, some likely to become cult favourites.
“IT is by any measure an extraordinary drama.”
Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys talking to me about Code of a Killer, a heartbreaking, powerful and brilliant TV production written by Michael Crompton.
Revealing the story of how DNA fingerprinting was discovered and then used in a double murder investigation.
It was a real honour to be asked to write the ITV interviews for this moving 2 x 90 minute drama, which begins at 9pm on Easter Monday.
Including an unforgettable day in the very same laboratory at Leicester University where Sir Alec experienced that ‘Eureka Moment’ on September 10 1984.
Jan 12 2015 update: Foyle’s War to end. Scroll down for the full announcement.
“I’M a huge Foyle’s War fan.
“I’ve seen every episode and have given dozens of box sets of it away at Christmas to various relatives and friends.
“Now they’re all just dying to see the new series because they’re big fans too and they know I’m going to be in it. It’s a special thing.”
Frasier star John Mahoney talking to me in the car park of Nantwich Town Football Club in Cheshire on a chilly day in January 2014.
‘The Dabbers’ play in the Evo Stik Premier League. But that’s not why we’re here today.
John and I are sitting in his location base trailer during a break from filming Foyle’s War in a very grand house not far away.
In truth, it’s a special thing for me to finally meet the actor who played Marty Crane in one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.
And astonishing to realise that – at 74 – this is his very first role in a British TV drama.
“It is amazing,” he agrees. “I’ve just never been asked.”
Chicago-based John plays Andrew Del Mar, a retired Texas oil tycoon and former chairman of Global American Oil.
Now ailing and bedbound in the London home of his son Clayton (Nigel Lindsay).
He appears in High Castle, the first of three new Foyle’s War films – series eight – on ITV at 8pm this Sunday (January 4 2015).