“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.
“SOME say heroes are born. Others…they’re made.”
Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands begins on ITV at 7pm next Sunday (Jan 3).
Kieran Bew leading a huge cast as the title character in this epic 12-part series.
I was lucky enough to spend a few days on location earlier this year with Kieran and co in County Durham / Weardale.
Interviewing both the cast and those behind the camera for ITV’s Production Notes.
With other interviews completed later in the year including William Hurt, who plays Hrothgar.
And honoured to host the on stage Q&A after the first episode, directed by Jon East, was screened at BAFTA in London in December.
“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.
“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.