oco King George VI, aka Bertie, and Queen Elizabeth are to be the focus on the big screen again after the Oscar and Bafta success of The King’s Speech.

Samuel West and Olivia Colman are in negotiations to portray the couple on a visit to President Franklin Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt — the first time a reigning British monarch had ever set foot on U.S. soil.

It was the dawning of what has become the special relationship.

Bertie and his Queen did the formal state visit to Washington with much pomp and ceremony, but then the President invited the royals for an informal get-together over hot dogs, smoked turkey, beer and soft drinks at the Roosevelts’ family home, Springwood, in Hyde Park, upstate New York.

The two couples dined casually on the front porch, and the following day they had a picnic.

The film’s called Hyde Park On Hudson, and will star Bill Murray as Roosevelt. It’s based on a radio play by Richard Nelson and was developed into a feature film by Film4 and Focus Features.

Director Roger Michell and producer Kevin Loader have had the movie in mind for some time. The film-makers told me about their plans for Hyde Park On Hudson several years ago, when they were shooting Venus with Peter O’Toole and Jodie Whittaker.

So, to be fair, they’re not just jumping on the King’s Speech bandwagon.

Indeed, the meeting of the Roosevelts and the Windsors is only part of the story.

The film will also explore Roosevelt’s ‘intimate friendship’ with his cousin Margaret Suckley, whom FDR affectionately called ‘Daisy’. Laura Linney is in the final stages of discussions about portraying Daisy in the film, which will begin shooting in July on locations in the UK (not the U.S.). Location scouts are looking for suitably splendid mansions with plenty of grounds to replicate the Roosevelt estate near Poughkeepsie.

‘We’re working to secure a brilliant cast,’ producer Loader told me.

Ms Colman is shooting a second series of BBC comedy Rev, and the hope is she’ll be available for Hyde Park On Hudson. She gives one of the year’s best screen performances so far opposite Peter Mullan in Paddy Considine’s movie Tyrannosaur.

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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
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