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Can you remember when you first read the script what attracted you to the role?

I loved the fact that my character was left behind to care for her father, missed out on stuff but always managed to be positive. She wasn’t one of life’s doormats and I don’t enjoy playing doormats really, so I liked the fact that she’d had a bit of a tough time but she was still sparky, ballsy and quite funny.

Had you worked with Danny Brocklehurst before or Paul Abbott?

No, I was familiar with Danny’s work but I hadn’t worked with him before. He’d come on set occasionally; he was such a warm presence to have about. He wasn’t remotely awkward about anything – he was a really easy writer to have around.

There are some really funny moments. Various members of the crew and cast who have had various members of their families’ suffer from Alzheimer’s were saying that sometimes the funniest stuff comes out. You have to laugh at some point – if you’re caring for people like that you have got to find humour – and that’s exactly what Danny managed to do in his writing.

Do you have any personal experience of Alzheimer’s?

No, not directly. My mum, who is retired, was a nurse and she specialised in geriatric care and some of her patients had Alzheimer’s but I’ve never had any relatives who have had it. I know friends whose parents have had it but not me – not yet anyway.

Can you tell us a little bit about your character?

Nancy was 16 when her big brother left and at that point their father was lucid and fine – albeit distraught as everything was going a bit wrong.

She probably did further education but maybe had to leave at some point or straight afterwards. She was at a college local to home as she was probably aware that their Dad was lonely, she couldn’t exactly leave him like her brother had.

It then became clear that he wasn’t himself, she was staying in to look after him, at which point the snowball effect happened and she was stuck. She seems to be a very uncomplaining person, she’s pretty cool and quite a tough cookie.

How would you describe her relationship with Tom when he comes back? Is she angry or resentful?

A bit, but not that much really. She’s eager to jump if he complains about anything. He doesn’t seem to realise that it was much harder for her to leave, he was 16 and she was younger.

But they slip straight back in to getting on very well and it’s kind of sad, you wonder where could they be if that whole episode hadn’t happened or if there had never been any lies. They could have been equally looking after their father and it’s sad to imagine where they’d be if things had turned out differently.

When times were good at home and their mum was alive they probably got on very well and laughed a lot.

How was it to work with Jim and with John? Had you worked with them before?

I’d worked with Jim on Hot Fuzz before, but I’d never worked with John, although I think I’ve probably seen everything he’s ever been in. I was really excited to find out that John and I really did get on very well, we swapped funny videos of our kids and just had a ball really.

Are there any moments that spring to mind from filming? You did a scene in the supermarket when Jim takes a turn, how was that to shoot?

That was quite fun. I had to just fall back on a crash mat – nothing terribly dramatic. Jim struggling in the bath was funny – poor Jim, having to go under water. We laughed a lot at things on set.

How long were you filming for?

Not that long, I was up and down to Manchester no more than three nights on the trot at the time. The weirdest thing with Claire Goose, who I loved, was that her mum and my mum were best friends at school – small world!

I took board games on set as Jim loves board games – Chronology was our favourite, although Jim’s a bit too good, he can win in one go!

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TWENTY Twelve star Hugh Bonneville has struck TV gold – with a second series for the cult Olympics comedy.
The “mockumentary” on BBC4 sees him deal with bungling bureaucrats and a string of foul-ups as the London Games’ fictional head of deliverance.

Speaking as his Ian Fletcher persona, Hugh, 47, said: “Damage has already been done to our department by letting BBC cameras in.

“I don’t want it to go on, but upstairs do. So that’s all good.”

The new series will see Hugh face crises like an Algerian demand for an Olympic village mosque and how to give value for money when there’s none left.

Source:thesun.co.uk – Twenty twelve star Hugh Bonneville gets 2nd series of Olympics comedy

Photobucket The Archbishop of Canterbury will be pleased. BBC2’s Tom Hollander sitcom Rev has been revved up for a second series, with Peep Show co-creator Sam Bain joining the show’s backroom team.

The comedy, in which Hollander starred as a hapless inner city vicar, will return in late 2011 with Bain on board as the show’s new script editor.

Rev debuted in a 10pm slot with 2.2 million viewers in June last year and came in for some praise from an unlikely TV reviewer – the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams – who said it was “really rather good”.

The sitcom finished its six-part run with an audience of about 1.7 million in August.

The second series of the show, which won the South Bank Award for best comedy last year, will also see the addition of writer Fintan Ryan alongside lead writer James Wood and director Peter Cattaneo.

Bain said: “Rev was my favourite new show of 2010, it was a great achievement to carve such a funny show out of such challenging material. I’m excited to be part of the team and contribute my experience of writing about religious extremists and sexually frustrated men.”

Kenton Allen, the chief executive of the programme’s independent producer Big Talk Productions, added: “It’s hugely flattering that Sam Bain is joining our amazing team on Rev.

“Sam will bring his inimitable wit and wisdom in equal measure. We’re thrilled that Rev has managed to capture the attentions and talents of one of the nicest, most in-demand comedy writers in the business.”

Source: guardian.co.uk – BBC2 Rev reborn for a second series
Thanks to Alan at Lucy Liemann fan website for the link

Photobucket Tyrannosaur got recognised by the award for The World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic at Sundance and Olivia Colman also was awarded World cinema special jury prize, dramatic for breakout performance which she shares with her co-star Peter Mullan

Source: unitedagents.co.uk – Olivia Colman wins award at Sundance
movieline.com – Sundance award winners


Film in Leeds has been on the rise in recent years and another locally-shot film has been winning awards.

Tyrannosaur, filmed in Leeds and Wakefield, is the talk of critics across the globe as it bagged two awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance, the world’s leading independent film festival, takes place every year in Park City, Utah.

It was set up by Hollywood superstar Robert Redford to encourage independent cinema.

Tyrannosaur, is another success from Warp Films – the team behind Four Lions, This Is England and Dead Man’s Shoes.

Renowned actor Paddy Considine took the World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic Award for Tyrannosaur, his feature directorial debut, produced by Warp X – an offshoot of Warp Films – and co-funded by Screen Yorkshire.

Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan were awarded The World Cinema Special Jury Prizes: Dramatic for Breakout Performances for their roles in the hard-hitting drama, which explores how love and friendship can be found in the darkest of places.

Filmed in Leeds and Wakefield in 2010, Tyrannosaur was produced on Warp Films’ low budget feature initiative Warp X, which aims to support emerging talent to break into features.

While it was wowing the critics and audiences alike in the States, Tyrannosaur also had its European premiere as part of the Bright Future programme of first and second feature films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The film tells the story of Joseph (Peter Mullan) a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph’s life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.

The wins for Tyrannosaur complement last week’s Best TV Drama Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for This Is England ’86 – a hard-hitting four-part drama based on characters from the original film. Ironically such success comes as Screen Yorkshire undertakes redundancy consultation with fifteen of its nineteen staff.

Hugo Heppell, Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire, who co-funded Tyrannosaur and gave locations and crewing support, says:

“We are absolutely thrilled at the success of Tyrannosaur at the Sundance Film Festival and congratulate Paddy Considine, Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman for their richly deserved awards. This unflinching, wonderful film, shot entirely on location in Seacroft, Leeds, takes its place alongside The Arbor and The Kings Speech among the most lauded films of the year, and shows that film is still very much alive in Yorkshire despite these difficult times.”

Director Paddy Considine, made his name appearing in several films by Shane Meadows, before appearing in TV’s Red Riding Trilogy and international cinema hits such as The Bourne Ultimatum. The script for Tyrannosaur, written by Considine, was based on his 2008 BAFTA winning short Dog Altogether.

Source: news.bbc.co.uk – Leeds film bags Sundance awards

One of the most striking performances at this year’s Sundance Film Festival has come from British actress Olivia Colman — best known for her comedy roles. Her TV credits include Peep Show and Doctor Who.
In the Sundance film Tyrannosaur, she plays a God-fearing charity gift shop worker subjected to horrific degradation by her abusive husband. Her acting has won praise, particularly her ability to convey a gamut of emotions — anger, humiliation, hurt, and tenderness — all with great authenticity. She’s not the boastful type, but Colman thinks her performance in Tyrannosaur, which is directed by Paddy Considine, is one of her best.

Source: bbcamerica.com – Olivia interview


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