“I did feel an extra responsibility to get this right,” says Outnumbered star Claire Skinner.

“I’ve rarely been so proud to be part of something,” adds Clare Higgins, currently on screen in Parade’s End.

Both are talking about their roles in new six-part ITV1 drama series Homefront.

As the name suggests, it focuses on the home lives of Army wives and also their husbands, partners, brothers and sons when they’re not fighting in Afghanistan.

I interviewed Claire and Clare for the ITV press pack / production notes along with Nicola Stephenson, Antonia Thomas, Warren Brown, George Costigan, Greg Wise and producer Kim Crowther.

The Corrie siege

PREPARE yourself, Coronation Street fans.

Weatherfield has something rather special for us next week.

Including new titles and a fresh version of the theme music.

I was among journalists invited to a London preview yesterday of the Corrie Siege episodes.

Also involving the closing days of Gail Platt’s murder trial.

And found myself sat directly behind three Street stars whose characters are caught up in crazed escaped killer Tony Gordon’s (Gray O’Brien) plan to exact deadly revenge:

Making Waves: David Neilson as Roy Cropper

ROY Cropper made a big splash in Weatherfield last night.

Left to drown in a canal by killer Tony Gordon.

And summed up in two clear and simple lines:

Roy: “I can’t swim.”

Tony: “Good.”

David Neilson (Roy) and Gray O’Brien (Tony) filmed the canal scenes near Corrie’s Manchester HQ.

“I was out for every night of the canal shoot,” Corrie producer Kim Crowther told me when we met up recently.