Anna Friel as Ellie Manning.

ANNA Friel is sitting in a hotel suite high above London’s Berkeley Square.

In a cinema several floors below we’ve just seen a cast and crew preview of her new ITV1 drama series Without You.

It’s late evening and there’s a post-screening get-together to attend just around the corner.

But first Anna takes time out to give a small group interview.

As ever, she’s not afraid of straight-talking – as you’ll discover in my MEN feature from yesterday (Thursday Nov 24) below.

Douglas Booth as Boy George

“DON’T lean on the pillar. It’s not real,” warns producer Matthew Bird.

Set visits are often surreal affairs, whether in a studio or out on location.

The mix of reality and make-believe can be striking when you’re standing behind the cameras.

As witnessed yet again back in February when I travelled to Salford to interview the cast of new BBC2 drama Worried About The Boy.

The one-off film – screened this Sunday – tells the story of the young Boy George from school days to Top Of The Pops.