“A lot of people in Scotland know about Peter Manuel.
“But I don’t think many people of my age would be aware of the depth of his crimes.
“It was really shocking when I started looking into it.”
Line of Duty star Martin Compston talking to me about his role as killer Peter Manuel in new three part drama In Plain Sight.
Starting on ITV at 9pm next Wednesday (Dec 7).
It tells the story of police detective William Muncie’s quest to bring Manuel to justice.
“SHE is always chasing the dream in her head.
“Chasing a fairy tale throughout her whole life.”
Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt talking to me about her new screen role as Mary Ann Cotton in Dark Angel.
A 2 x 90 minute drama written by Gwyneth Hughes starting on ITV at 9pm next Monday (Oct 31).
Also coming to MASTERPIECE on PBS in 2017.
Telling the true story of the woman dubbed Britain’s first female serial killer.
With Alun Armstrong as Mary Ann’s father George and Jonas Armstrong as her lover Joe Nattrass.
“IT is by any measure an extraordinary drama.”
Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys talking to me about Code of a Killer, a heartbreaking, powerful and brilliant TV production written by Michael Crompton.
Revealing the story of how DNA fingerprinting was discovered and then used in a double murder investigation.
It was a real honour to be asked to write the ITV interviews for this moving 2 x 90 minute drama, which begins at 9pm on Easter Monday.
Including an unforgettable day in the very same laboratory at Leicester University where Sir Alec experienced that ‘Eureka Moment’ on September 10 1984.
“IT’S the most full on thing I’ve ever done.”
Keeley Hawes speaking tonight about being “waterboarded” in the second series of Line Of Duty.
Not quite the infamous torture technique.
But struggling to breathe after having her hair grabbed and being violently flushed face down several times into a police HQ toilet.
“You just do it and then have a big glass of wine,” she smiled.
“I gather there was a lot of excitement online.
“We trended on Twitter as #ladynerds – which I love.
“Bletchley and these girls represent everything that is brilliant about Britain.
“They’re eccentric, non-conformist and think outside the box.”
Rachael Stirling talking to me about series one of The Bletchley Circle and reprising her role as Millie in the second series.
Which begins on ITV at 9pm on Monday (January 6).
I was delighted to be asked to write the cast interviews for the new series, as I had done for the first one.