From Here To There

“WE nearly died in there. Doesn’t it make you think?”

Daniel Cotton (Philip Glenister) asks the question of his father Samuel (Bernard Hill) in From There To Here.

The three part BBC1 drama, written by Peter Bowker, opens with the June 1996 Manchester bomb which destroyed a large part of the city centre.

But this is not a story about the IRA attack. It charts the ripples of that initial trigger on two families across Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Last night I attended a screening of episode one at BAFTA in London followed by a Q&A, including Phil and Pete.

You can read my full transcript below, edited very slightly to remove any major spoilers.

“YOU know what? I just love the miracle days.”

It begins tonight with both an expanded regular cast and hospital world.

If you liked Monroe the first time around, then you’re going to love series two.

Creator and writer Peter Bowker is always a guarantee of top quality drama.

And Monroe is one of the very best things you will see on British television.

James Nesbitt as Gabriel Monroe

THERE’S a plate full of biscuits on the table.

James Nesbitt reaches for one as he describes what he saw while attending four brain operations.

Just another day in the world of television.

I met up with James in London before Christmas for a small round table interview ahead of his flight to New Zealand to star in The Hobbit.

He’d finished filming new ITV1 drama Monroe just a few days before.

Victoria Wood (Sadie), Daniel Rigby (Eric) and Bryan Dick (Ernie)

THE train from London to Stockport on a wet morning in September for a real television treat.

A day on location with new BBC2 drama Eric & Ernie, plus interviews with cast and production team.

Sitting in the stalls of the Stockport Plaza, we were transported back to 1939 as Ted Robbins, playing impresario and agent Jack Hylton, appeared through the curtains to introduce a young Ernie Wise (Harry MacEntire).

Watching several rows back from the stage is schoolboy Eric Morecambe (Jonah Lees) and his mum Sadie (Victoria Wood).

“I’m not doing it,” is Eric’s line as he’s called to audition on stage.