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“I had to wild swim in Coniston Water once or twice.

“And I was in Derwent Water three times…and it was very cold.”

Christopher Eccleston talking to me about his role as former police detective Robert in new ITV drama Safe House, filmed in the Lake District.

“The house is a central character. We do have the sense the ‘safe house’ is ironic. Because it’s not safe.”

“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.