Graeme Hawley as Ken and Lisa Riley as Moira.
Graeme Hawley as Ken and Lisa Riley as Moira.

“WE always hear, ‘Golden age of British drama.’

“It’s not. It’s a golden age of British acting talent.

“We have never been so blessed in this country. It is incredible.”

Jimmy McGovern speaking at the London BAFTA launch of Moving On series six last month.

Five new stand alone dramas by up and coming writers starting on BBC1 at 2:15pm tomorrow (Monday Nov 10).

Common

TWO sons. Two mothers.

“I thought they were going for a pizza…”

If you have plans for Sunday night, cancel them now.

Common (BBC1, 9pm Sunday) is yet another classic drama by writer Jimmy McGovern.

Matched by the talents of a cast including Nico Mirallegro, Susan Lynch, Daniel Mays and Jodhi May, plus director David Blair.

The 90-minute film tells the story of Johnjo O’Shea, played by Nico, who gives his cousin and two mates a lift to get a pizza.

But Johnjo is unaware his three passengers are going to “have a word” with a local loudmouth.

As he sits outside waiting in the car for his pizza, one of the trio takes offence to a young innocent bystander and stabs him.

Rob James-Collier as Aidan.
Rob James-Collier as Aidan.

MOVING On is back with a Scandinavian twist.

Created by Jimmy McGovern, the fourth series of BBC1’s daytime drama has the usual impressive cast lists.

This time including actors from The Killing, Borgen, Wallander and Lilyhammer.

John Bishop's Britain

COMEDIAN John Bishop is to star in BBC1’s hard-hitting drama Accused.

The award-winning stand-up plays a troubled father called Peter in the second series of Jimmy McGovern’s show.

Liverpool-born John, 44, said he was “made up” to land the role in an episode of the new four-part series which begins filming this weekend.

The Milkman: Clive (Rob James-Collier), Ally (Alicya Eyo) and Bugsy (Shaun Mason)

MISSING your Sunday night slice of Rob James-Collier in Downton Abbey?

Well, you can see the former Coronation Street star in series three of BBC1’s acclaimed Moving On.

Along with the likes of Fay Ripley, Reece Dinsdale, Paul Rhys, Dean Lennox Kelly, Christine Bottomley, Ben Daniels, Eva Pope, Sally Philips and Warren Brown.

Together with less famous names (for now) like Shaun Mason.

Rob and Shaun appear tomorrow (Monday Nov 14) in The Milkman, the first of five new Moving On dramas screened at 2:15pm each weekday next week.

Mackenzie Crook as Corporal Buckley

PIRATES of the Caribbean star Mackenzie Crook sips a cup of tea as the sun streams in from the garden behind him.

June 3 2010 in north London, just around the corner from his own house – once owned by Peter Sellers.

“It wasn’t the reason we bought it,” he smiles. “We decided to buy the house and then found out that Peter Sellers had lived there in the fifties, for about three years.

“I love that about it. I’ve got a great set of photos from when he lived there. A journalist came round and interviewed him and took photos of him in the house.

“So I’ve got a nice photo of Peter Sellers opening my front door.”

Mackenzie was here to talk about his role in the second story of Jimmy McGovern’s new drama series Accused on BBC1 next Monday.

BACK from a screening plus Q&A tonight for new BBC1 drama series Accused.

With writer Jimmy McGovern, producer Sita Williams and actor Christopher Eccleston, who plays Willy in the first story next Monday.

I asked Jimmy about his recent comments that TV drama should say more about the world we live in today and not rely on costumes, irony and pastiche.

Taken as a criticism of, among other dramas, Downton Abbey – which he has never seen.

What was his reaction to the flak his comments attracted?