STEP inside love…
We’ll get to my ITV interviews for their new three-part 1960s’ drama a little further down. But first:
I was just a little lad when I first saw Cilla.
My mum and dad and I were on an annual holiday to Blackpool, staying on the top floor of a packed bed and breakfast establishment.
I could not let 2013 pass without a special mention for my comedy of the year – Hebburn.
Shamefully ignored in last week’s British Comedy Awards, the first BBC2 series was screened in October and November 2012.
Just about as impressive a TV sitcom debut as I can remember.
And I was there in September 1998 for the very first press screening of a new BBC2 sitcom called The Royle Family.
Hebburn is a worthy successor to Geordie comedy classics like Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
THERE was plenty to discuss when I met up again with Kevin Whately in London one Friday afternoon in July.
Some of what we talked about will have to wait for another day.
Tonight (Sunday) he takes the lead in Joe Maddison’s War, a one-off film on ITV1 at 9pm.