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The Halcyon: Interviews

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“THE Halcyon gripped me straight away.

“Setting the story within this high-class hotel and also against the backdrop of the Second World War gives you such a huge scope for drama and for what’s to come.”

Steven Mackintosh talking to me about new eight-part drama The Halcyon.

Starting on ITV at 9pm next Monday (January 2).

He plays hotel manager Richard Garland as the series opens in 1940.

Before a return to 1939.

With World War Two and the Blitz soon to impact on London and this five star West End hotel.

As you might imagine, I’ve been on quite a few film and TV sets over the last 35 years.

But the one for The Halcyon – created by production designer Matt Gant – took my breath away.

Let’s just say no-one held back on the budget. Continue reading

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Waterloo Road: Robson Green

Robson Green as Rob Scotcher

ROBSON Green went to school just up the road from me. He was at Seaton Burn High just after I left my Sixth Form to embark on a career in journalism.

I met up again with Robson recently and asked him if he had ever gone back to his old school.

“No. I think there’s always something wrong about that. It’s just weird,” he replied.

“When I was there, you’d get guys and girls who had left and they’d hang around the gates, for some unknown reason.

“I couldn’t think of a worse thing to do, other than being invited and talk to the kids. But not to hang around. Definitely not.” Continue reading

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