Interview: Becky Brunning, Broadchurch

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One of the most intriguing new characters in the ongoing third series of Broadchurch is Lindsay Lucas; that seemingly timid, downtrodden wife of major-league arsehole Clive, who has been dishing out mental abuse for years. Lindsay’s character just rings true and many women, I suspect, will be able to empathise with her – being in a loveless marriage, a survivor of abuse but still hanging in there because of the love she receives from her son. She’s played superbly by newcomer Becky Brunning, a stand-up comic, no less, who gives Lindsay a sadness, but also real depth and nuance. We last saw Lindsay at the end of episode seven finally standing up to her brutish, horror of a husband, which caused my heart to swell a bit – gwaaan Lindsay! I managed to grab a few words with Becky ahead of Monday’s finale, which you can read after the jump… Continue reading

Interview: Vicky McClure, Line Of Duty

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As if you didn’t know already, the fourth series of Line Of Duty starts back up on Sunday (Sunday 26th March), and before we leap back onto the rollercoaster again let’s take a pause for breath and see what some of the stars are saying about it. I’m a big fan of Vicky McClure – who came to prominence, of course, in Shane Meadows This Is England series – and she has been one of the constants in the series since day one as undercover expert Kat Fleming. We managed to get hold of an interview with her, which you can read after the jump. Continue reading

Interview: Brenda Blethyn, Vera

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Series seven of Vera starts tonight (Sunday 19th March) on ITV in the UK, and, as ever, it showcases the talents of one of Britain’s finest actors – Brenda Blethyn. Adapted from crime writing legend Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope novels, the series has become a bit of a Sunday-night institution. Series seven starts when Vera investigates the body of a wildlife ranger, found on a remote island off the coast of Northumberland. Her death is at first assumed to be an accident, since she was alone on the island when she died, but marks on the body seem to point to murder. A few weeks ago I went along to ITV’s HQ to chat to Brenda about Vera. But with Brenda it’s never just about one thing – she’s just a hoot and a delight, with an infectious laugh and an endless stream of stories. Have a read after the jump… Continue reading

Interview: Olivia Colman, Broadchurch

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colmanOlivia Colman is, as we all know, one of the UK’s leading actresses. It almost doesn’t need to be said. But she’s so brilliant in everything she puts her mind to – comedy, drama (I still can’t get her performance in Paddy Considine’s harrowing Tyrannsaurus out of my mind), you name it. There’s just something so natural and likeable about her, and Broadchurch she has fashioned a character who has really struck a chord with viewers. Ellie Miller is someone who has been put in extraordinary situations, but someone who we all, somehow, can relate to. That takes great skill to pull off, and Colman has the skills. We managed to get hold of an interview with Colman, which you can read after the old jumperoo. Continue reading

Interview: David Tennant, Broadchurch

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broadchurch_s3As well know, one of the heavy hitters of British crime drama is back on our screens next week. Broadchurch, especially that gut-wrenching, incredible first series, has become a real phenomenon – Chris Chibnall’s scripts have been amazing, and it has really benefitted from having a brilliant cast, not least that central pairing of David Tennant and Olivia Colman. We managed to get hold of an interview with David, so have a butcher’s after the jump… Continue reading

Interview: Kate Bosworth, SS-GB

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624As if you didn’t know, the next big, BBC1, Sunday-night drama is a four-part adaptation of Len Deighton’s SS-GB, which presents a classic noir set in 1940s Britain, where the Nazis defeated the Allies and now occupy the country. Sam Riley plays Detective Douglas Archer, while American actress Kate Bosworth plays a classic femme fatale – a mysterious US journalist who may or may not be what she seems. We managed to get hold of an interview with Bosworth, which you can read after the jump. Continue reading

Interview: Sam Riley, SS-GB

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624Sam Riley first came to my attention when he burst onto the scene playing Joy Division’s tragic lead singer Ian Curtis. Now the 37-year-old makes his television debut in the BBC’s adaptation of Len Deighton’s alternative reality noir, SS-GB, which starts on Sunday. Riley plays Detective Douglas Archer, a man trying to do his job in popst-war London… except in this story, the war was lost by the Allies and London (and the UK) is under the control of the Nazis. We managed to get a hold of an interview with Riley, which you can read after the jump. Continue reading