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Last Tango in Halifax Series 3

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(For our coverage on Series 2 of this show, go HERE.)
(For our coverage on Series 1 of this show, go HERE.)

This page and the various page links will become live and constantly updated, so check back now and again for more news. The links below will contain information about old and new cast members, possible story arcs etc. which may be considered by some fans as “spoiler”. So don’t click on those links if you do not want to know anything about Series 3 before it airs.

Table of Contents

Main Cast and other production details

Production News/Updates

Production Pics

Press Coverage : Radio interview transcripts, Articles/interviews available online, Press Articles Gallery

Episode Trailers, Characters Guide, Episode Guides, Reviews and Ratings

Screencaps | Filming Locations | Awards and Nominations

Fun Stuff – Script download, Fun Facts, Set visits

Trivia, Six Degrees and DVD news

Order from Amazon UK

Order the show’s DVD box sets (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) from Amazon UK. Your purchase using this link will benefit Nicola’s nominated charity.

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Annika Stranded

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Nicola first starred in this radio project in January 2013. For all information about Series 1, go to this Page.

A second series of this radio show has been recorded and is scheduled to be broadcast every Sunday in July. For more information about Series 2, go to this Page.

You can listen to this programme, wherever you are in the world, via the BBC Radio iPlayer, which does not have any geographic restrictions. The programme will remain available on the BBC Radio iPlayer for seven days after the original broadcast date, so if you are unable to tune in at the designated time, you can still catch up on the iPlayer.

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2014 BAFTA Nomination

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Nicola has received her first BAFTA TV Awards nomination, in the Best Supporting Actress category, for her work as Gillian in Series 2 of Last Tango in Halifax.

The following actresses are also nominated in the same category as Nicola :

Sarah Lancashire for Last Tango in Halifax
Claire Rushbrook for My Mad Fat Diary
Shirley Henderson for Southcliffe

Sarah Lancashire is Nicola’s co-star in Last Tango in Halifax. Nicola has described Claire Rushbrook as one of her best friends. Amongst other projects, Claire was in Shiner [Film] and 50 Revolutions [Stage] with Nicola. When Claire was in Collision, a candid photo showing Claire and Nicola was used as a prop – see this Fun Fact for more details.

Nicola doesn’t think she will win and is rooting for Shirley Henderson to win, since she is the only nominee she does not know personally. We hope this is merely pre-awards jitters talking.

Download the 2014 BAFTA TV Awards Full List of Nominations. The awards will be handed out in London on Sunday, 18 May 2014. Best of luck to Nicola! :D

18 May 2014

You can read a copy of the BAFTA Awards Brochure HERE. Amongst other things, this Brochure lists the names of the members of the jury who voted on the various categories.

The Guardian thinks that Nicola should win, in her category, whilst the Telegraph doesn’t think she deserved her nomination!

We’re crossing all of our fingers and toes!!!

Red carpet interview

And the winner is …

Sarah Lancashire!

Here’s Sarah Lancashire’s acceptance speech and backstage interview :

 
 

Sarah thanked Nicola THREE times in her acceptance speech!!!
 

BAFTA Boothnation taken from wholia87.tumblr.com

BAFTA Boothnation
taken from wholia87.tumblr.com

 

Better luck next time, Nicola :(

Red Carpet Report

For those of you who’ve been wondering since Awards night last Sunday, we have a red carpet report and pics HERE.

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A View from the Bridge

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The Young Vic will stage a new version of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge between 4 April 2014 to 7 June 2014. It announced the full cast for this production on 14 January 2014 (see the full Press Release) which includes Nicola who will play Beatrice, the wife of the main character, Eddie Carbone. For booking details, please visit the Young Vic’s official website. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment as demand for tickets is said to be very strong for this production.

What is the Play about?

There are a lot of resources on the web about this play. If you do not know anything about this play before, you could start with either the play’s Wikipedia page and/or the BBC’s GCSE Bitesize. Both sites give an excellent summary of the play’s synopsis and character analysis.

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Nicola’s character

Nicola plays Beatrice, the wife of the main character, Eddie Cardone. “Beatrice” is described in some sources as “a loud mouthed housewife with a heart of gold”. This should be an interesting part for Nicola as it is a character she has not played before. “Beatrice” is stuck in a loveless marriage. There is no better person to play a woman starved of love and affection than Nicola!

4 April 2014 – Nicola Interviews

Nicola is interviewed by both the Telegraph and the Independent today for her role in this play. You can read the Telegrath article HERE and the Independent article HERE.

9 April 2014 – Production Pics

The Young Vic has posted 9 photos taken during rehearsals for the play. If you want to see these photos, head over to the Young Vic’s Facebook page.

10 April 2014 – Mark Strong Interview

Here’s an interview of Mark Strong by Whats On Stage :

He comments on his working relationship with Nicola around the 6:21 mark.

11 April 2014 – Press Reviews

Telegraph | Observer | The Upcoming | Guardian | Londonist | Independent | the Stage | Whats on Stage | Financial Times | Evening Standard | London Theatre Guide | the Public Reviews | the Times (subscription required) | Time Out UK | Daily Mail | the Arts Desk | London SE1 | The Week UK – a short summary of some of the other press reviews | Broadway World – another round-up of some of the other press review | Morning Star Online |

14 April 2014

A short trailer for the play has been made available on YouTube :

Ruth’s view from the Young Vic

Ruth saw one of the preview shows and visited with Nicola afterwards. You can read her report HERE.

19 May 2014

Read 11 Questions with Nicola Walker from the Young Vic’s Blog.

12 June 2014

Award winning cartoonist Chicane (aka Mark Winter) posted this drawing of the main cast on his website. Very nice!

©Mark Winter (Chicane)

©Mark Winter (Chicane)

Digital Version?

The Young Vic is a theatre partner of Digital Theatre. Dare one hope that this production will be available as a digital download at some stage?

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November Dead List

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What’s the show about

From the BBC Radio 4 website, we have this synopsis of this new radio show :

Nicola Walker stars as a police detective who investigates a murder in London’s Catholic community in this new, gritty crime drama by Nick Perry.

Each Roman Catholic parish compiles a Book of the Dead from the lists of departed loved ones submitted by parishioners. Printed on the front of the envelopes are three words: November Dead List. A young priest opens one such envelope and discovers not a list of the dead, but a list of people he knows to be alive, and members of his congregation. At first he thinks it’s someone’s idea of a joke. Then the people named start turning up dead.

DI Flood – Nicola Walker
Father Manu -Paul Ready
John – Steve Toussaint
Father Pat – Dermot Crowley
Simon – Arthur Hughes
Terrence – John Norton
Gerry – Stephen Hogan
Kevin – Sean Murray
Eileen – Carolyn Pickles
Journalist – Carys Eleri
Producer – Sasha Yevtushenko
Writer – Nick Perry

The theme song is Roads by Portishead.

When will it be broadcast?

The show will broadcast over a five day period, with a 15 minute segment on each day, from Monday 20 January 2014 to Friday 24 January 2014, at 10:45 to 11:00 am GMT and repeated the same evening at 19:45 pm GMT.

The show is also available as an Omnibus Edition, i.e. all five episodes aired together, aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Saturday, 25 January 2014 at 12 noon.

After each broadcast, the show will be available on the BBC Radio iPlayer for 7 days. There is no geographic restrictions for the BBC Radio iPlayer, so you can tune in from anywhere in the world.

Reviews

There Ought to be Clowns

It’s no secret that I like me some Nicola Walker and so seeing her take the lead in Nick Perry’s radio drama November Dead List was definitely a thrill. It was the 15 minute drama of the week, five short episodes split across five days which I always find a little annoying so the omnibus edition was infinitely more preferable. A police procedural in which Walker plays a DI called in to investigate a murder which was seemingly predicted on a dead list, normally a list of deceased parishioners in a Catholic congregation but in this case, full of people who are still alive.

Soundtracked by the moody tones of Portishead’s Roads, it proved a rather effective police procedural as the race against time seems compromised by someone close to the case. From Kent wetlands to an Irish seminary and back again, Walker’s DI Flood is an utterly determined cop, at the expense of a personal life, and so the unexpected chemistry with Paul Ready’s Father Manu – who found the list – is a surprise to all but yet really well done in creating a palpable relationship in which one really invests. Lots of fun.

Update : 25 January 2014

Great news! The entire 67 minutes of this programme is now available for download and keep as an iTunes Podcast*!!! As far as we know, this is the first time one of Nicola’s radio shows is made available to fans in this manner. Lets hope the BBC will do the same in future and/or release some of her older stuff as downloadable iTunes Podcasts :D

Thank you, RuthF, for the heads up about the programme. Thank you, Judith, for the heads up about the iTunes Podcast download! :D

*Ed’s Note : the BBC has removed this programme from its iTunes Podcasts lists one week after the show was broadcast. :(

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2013 Advent Calendar pt

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A Nicola picture a day to help you countdown to Christmas 2013. Starts on 1 December 2013.

Click HERE to see the full 2013 Advent Calendar.

Once again, massive thanks to Liga for putting this together. :D And THANK YOU to Nicola, for answering Liga’s questions which make up the calendar. ♡♡♡

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Babylon

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THANK YOU to SofieB for the heads up about this project.

Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony) has been hired to direct the feature length pilot for a new 6-part TV series titled Babylon, to be shown on Channel 4 in the UK sometime in 2014. This is the first television project which Danny Boyle is directing in 12 years. Danny will direct the pilot, though it is unclear at this stage whether he will also direct any or all of the other 6 episodes in the series. Channel 4 is so confident about this show that it has ordered a 6 part first series even though the pilot will not air in the UK until 2014.

You can find out more about this show via various sources :

Channel 4 | Deadline | Radio Times | Screen Daily

The eclectic cast is led by US actress Brit Marling with co-stars James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, Jill Halfpenny, Adam Deacon, Daniel Kaluuya, Jonny Sweet, Andrew Brooke and Bertie Carvel. Most of the supporting cast will play police officers.

The show, a dramady, evolves around James Nesbitt who plays a Chief Police Constable who has hired an American PR person (Brit Marling) to undertake a public relations revamp for the police force. High hilarity ensues, or something like that. Nicola’s Spotlight page has just been updated to indicate that she has been cast as a character called “Sharon Franklin“. At this stage, we assume that it is a guest role (since the main cast details have already been announced), and if so, we hope it will be a recurring guest role. We will update this page as and when more information becomes available.

Update : 9 February 2014

The pilot of this show was aired on Channel 4 in the UK tonight. Nicola has only a tiny role in the pilot, but here’s what the Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, writers of the show, had to say about her involvement (taken from the Press Pack which you can access HERE) :

… every role, even small, everyone is a recognised actor?

Sam: Special mention goes to Nicola Walker who has about two lines in the pilot. Pretty remarkable. But we have beefed up her part a lot for the series. We have been trying to work with her for years, and we are very excited to have her but we are also very grateful that she was able to do the pilot bearing in mind what she’s got.

Lets hope Nicola will be able to find time to film her scenes for this show. She will on on stage in A View from the Bridge between April and June. From June 2014, she will be required on set for Last Tango in Halifax 3 which is likely to occupy her until mid to end September 2014.

Screencaps from the Pilot Episode

Nicola looks lovely in a policewoman’s uniform!

Screencaps courtesy of SofieB. Thanks!

Six degrees

James Nesbitt appeared in episodes 201 and 202 of Touching Evil back in 1998.

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Dr Who : Dark Eyes 2 & 3

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For all information relating to Dr. Who : Dark Eyes 2, go HERE.

Update : 13 May 2014

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Big Finish announced via Twitter today that Nicola will join the cast for Dr. Who : Dark Eyes 3. The above picture which was shared by Big Finish on Twitter shows Nicola recording her part today.

Synopsis

From the Big Finish website

“Molly O’Sullivan? Hello you.”

In his quest for universal domination, the Master plans to exploit the terrifying Infinite Warriors of the mysterious Eminence. The Doctor’s friend, Molly, is key to that plan’s execution, and now, aided by corrupted genius Sally Armstrong, the Master is close to success.

Paranoid and perplexed after his recent experience, the Doctor skirts the fringes of the fifty-year conflict between humanity and the Infinite Armies. Wary of changing the course of history, he fears that to fight the Eminence would be to do the Daleks’ bidding. But when Time Lord CIA agent Narvin provides the impetus for the Doctor to act, Liv Chenka joins him in a desperate race to save their friend and stop the Master.

As the Doctor goes head to head with his oldest and deadliest rival, this war is about to get very personal indeed…

Written By: Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Cast

Paul McGann (The Doctor), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Ruth Bradley (Molly O’Sullivan), Alex Macqueen (The Master), Natalie Burt (Dr Sally Armstrong), David Sibley (The Eminence), Sean Carlsen (Narvin)

1: The Death of Hope
Georgie Fuller (Hope Gardner), Geoffrey Breton (Leo Gardner)

2: The Reviled
Sacha Dhawan (Jaldam), Sarah Mowat (Gajeeda), Laura Riseborough (Sharma)

3: Masterplan
David Sibley (Professor Markus Schriver), John Banks (Captain/Lieutenant)

4: Rule of the Eminence
Jonathan Forbes (Walter Vincent), Beth Chalmers (Casey Carraway), Georgia Moffett (Engineer Tallow)

 

Order Now

Dark Eyes 2 is now available. Dark Eyes 3 will be available in November 2014.

Place your order on the Big Finish website. If you order the CDs, they will ship anywhere in the world, post free. Big Finish also accepts PayPal in addition to credit cards. Enjoy!

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Second Coming

[This Post has been compiled with some links provided by SofieB. Thanks, Sofie.]

This is the big screen debut for writer, Debbie Tucker Green.

From various sources, we have this summary of the story :

Second Coming follows a tight family unit navigating their way through family life as it breaks down in the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy of a family member who isn’t entirely mentally stable.

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Debbie Tucker Green

The film is funded, in part, by a grant from the British Film Institute and is also co-financed by Film4, Channel 4’s movie unit and supported by the Sundance Institute Film Program.

Nicola will play a Counsellor in this movie. Given that Debbie Tucker Green usually writes big ensemble pieces, it seems unlikely that Nicola will have a big role in the movie. However, Debbie is also a brilliant writer who gives all of her characters meaningful and significant voices. So even if its a minor role, we are confident that Nicola’s part will be an interesting one.

From IMDb, we know that the project is now in the post production phase, which means it should be ready for release soon. Here’s hoping that with a big name like Idris Elba involved and support from the Sundance Institute, the movie will get a proper cinema release around the world so that we can all get to watch Nicola on the big screen!

Six degrees

Idris Elba, a cast member, also appeared in Luther [TV] with Nicola.

Debbie Tucker Green, the writer of this film, also wrote Gone [Radio].

[More content and images coming soon.]

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Fire Horse

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What’s the story about?

From various sources, we have this synopsis

Fire Horse. A story about holding onto the past. It is about recognising that change is not always good. Society is moving so fast, sometimes we need to take a step back and look at the world we have created and the world we are leaving behind.

We got in touch with the Director, Matt Bell, and received a more detailed summary of the film’s plot

My film is about an old lady, Ada (Doreen Mantle) who lives in a little rural village in middle England. She uses the village shop everyday, even buying goods that she doesn’t need (e.g. food for her deceased dog). Over the years herself and Roddy the shopkeeper (Barnaby Kay) have developed a lovely relationship. She knows the shop is on the brink of closure but hopes her little routine will help to keep the place open. Roddy is struggling to keep his head above water but deep down knows the days are numbered as the supermarkets and their home delivery service force him out. He feels like a failure to his family and doesn’t want to let his wife Jules (Nicola) down. Jules is wise and knows exactly what is going on. She assures Roddy that everything will be alright. Under pressure one day, Roddy snaps at Ada. This sparks Ada into taking matters into her own hands by staging a sit down protest in the road. She hopes to stop the supermarket delivery van (driven by Rick) getting through. She thought she could force villagers to use the shop. It’s her final stand born out of friendship and a belief in a way of life.

Matt also gave us these comments

The film is in essence a story about change and friendship between old and not so old, hence the title Fire Horse. That was a term used during the industrial revolution when steam trains took over from horse and cart. It was inspired by a return visit to the little village I grew up in after living in London for 10 years. Everything had changed and I felt the community spirit that used to exist had slipped away. The village shop I worked in as a teenager had closed and a massive house with 4×4’s on the drive had been built in it’s place. The pub and the dairy had shut. All the charm and character had been lost and new houses had sprung up all over the place. This little old village that I had such fond memories of had been taken over by the 21st century. The days of leaving your door unlocked and stopping to have a chat with all and sundry was left in the past.

What touched me the most about working in the shop as a child was the fact that the old people who didn’t get out much would just come in to have a chat and would often buy a couple of token efforts. It was just a place for them to get out and have a chin wag. Of course we stocked most daily essentials that they relied on but they would mainly come in just to say hello and to mooch about the village.

This is my first film, I’m a little nervous about how it will be perceived. It was shot last minute as we didn’t know what Nicola’s schedule was going to be on Spooks – the original shoot was done in 2011, around the same time as Nicola was shooting Series 10 of Spooks. We were only given 48 hours final notice of her availability so this was all the time I had to get everything into place. It was quite a stress and chaotic 2 days and I’m hoping this hasn’t come across in the film. It has taken me nearly 2 years to finish post production due to a combination of parenthood, work commitments and frustratingly, my editor being mugged and having his MAC and my drives with the film’s final cut on it stolen. I also wanted to make sure that the film was the best it could be before it was released to festivals etc.

A huge THANK YOU to Matt for giving us these comments and the pic of Nicola and Barnaby in character from the film. This sounds like a really interesting film. With more backing financially, it could be turned into a feature length movie or TV movie. We wish Matt all the best with this film. Since the film is only about 17 minutes long (in its present form), Matt is currently hoping to show this in various film festivals in order to generate more interest. If any visitor to this site can help publicize this movie, please get in touch with Matt. He is on Twitter, as @MattBellAD.

Oh, and Bravo to Nicola and Barnaby for getting involved with this project!!!

Go to the next page to find out when and where you can watch this short film.
 
 

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“Kokomo” [radio play]

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Background

Update : 15 May 2013

Writer/director Julian Simpson has tweeted about a new radio play which he has written in which Nicola has been cast.

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This dream cast is kind of like a Spooks reunion, since Robert Glenister. Tim McInnerny and Herminone Norris have all appeared in Spooks [TV] with Nicola.

From further Tweets, we know that the show will be recorded on Monday, 20 May 2013 and Tuesday, 21 May 2013, and it will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 5 June 2013. If the show airs in the afternoon, its likely to be the Afternoon Drama slot at 14:15 which usually lasts for 45 minutes.

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Update : 21 May 2013 – We now have a title and synopsis

Thanks to Rosemary on the Spooks Information Central Forum, we now have a name, “Kokomo” for the show as well as this synopsis and cast list (taken from the BBC Media Centre) :

All information online across the world is being held hostage by terrorists. Alice Price is sent in to negotiate the safe return of the information before the world descends into chaos. But who are the terrorists and why have they asked for Price?

With Nicola Walker as Alice Price, Hermione Norris as Columbina, Louise Brealey as Harlequin, Robert Glenister as Levine. Written by Julian Simpson. A thriller by Julian Simpson.

Update : 23 May 2013 – Further tweets from Mr. Simpson

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Click to see a larger image. Beware – some of you may find the language slightly offensive.

Update : 31 May 2013 – Link to BBC Radio 4 Extra page / Background info on the show

The programme is now included in the BBC Radio 4 schedule for 5 June 2013.

Writer/Director Julian Simpson has written an article about how he came up with the story, and title, for “Kokomo” which you can read on this Blog. Its essential reading for any one who intends to listen to the show. He has also posted “Never Make Friends with the Actors” – The Worse Piece of Advice Ever on his own blog which makes very interesting reading. Nicola is mentioned in this piece.

Credits

Role Actor/Actress
Levine Robert Glenister
Daguero Rufus Wright
Pantalone Tim McInnerny
Harlequin Louise Brealey
Columbina Hermione Norris
Alice Price Nicola Walker
Director Julian Simpson
Producer Karen Rose
Writer Julian Simpson

How to listen to the show

Non-UK fans can tune into BBC Radio 4 via the BBC Radio iPlayer which does not have any geographic restrictions. After the show has been aired, it should remain available on the BBC Radio iPlayer for 7 days thereafter.

Six Degrees

Robert Glenister was Nicola’s co-star in Spooks. He played the Home Secretary in Series 4, 5, 8 and 9.

Tim McInnerny was Nicola’s co-star in Spooks. He played Oliver Mace in Series 3, 4 and 5.

Hermione Norris was Nicola’s co-star in Spooks Series 5. She played Ros Myers. Herminone was also in A Mother’s Son though she did not have any scenes with Nicola.

Julian Simpson directed Nicola in a number of episodes in Spooks Series 4 and New Tricks. He also directed Nicola in a number of radio plays, Fragments/Pleasant Green, The Listener and Bad Memories.

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2013 Olivier Awards

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26 March 2013 : She’s nominated!

CONGRATULATIONS to Nicola on being nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the 2013 Olivier Awards!!!

Nicola has been nominated for her role as Judy, Christopher’s mother in Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. She is recognised as having given a “moving and heart-wrenching performance” during the Play’s initial run at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has earned 8 nominations, the most number of nominations in the 2013 Olivier Awards. Read the press release HERE. Nicola and Luke Treadaway (as Christopher) are the only cast members who earned acting nominations. For all information which we have collected on this Play when Nicola was still involved, go HERE. You can check out a full list of the 2013 nominees in all categories HERE.

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©Manuel Harlan / Royal National Theatre

This is Nicola’s first nomination for an Olivier Award. Each of the four other actresses is a previous Olivier Awards nominee/winner so the competition in this category will be intense :

  • Anastasia Hille for The Effect
  • Cush Jumbo for Julius Caesar
  • Helen McCrory for The Last of the Haussmans and
  • Janie Dee for NSFW
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    The Olivier Awards are the most prestigious theatre related awards in the UK. Nicola has often said in the past that she considers herself a stage actress first who does occasional roles on TV. So this nomination must mean a lot for her. You can find out more about the history of the Olivier Awards and how the awards are voted on by going to The official Olivier Awards website.

    We have high hopes that Nicola will attend the award ceremony which will be held at the Royal Opera House, London on 28 April 2013.

    The play is still being staged at the West End. If you’re interested in going (even though Nicola is no longer involved), HERE is the theatre’s official website.

    28 April 2013 : She Won!!!

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    MANY MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Nicola. She’s won the 2013 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her performance in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. This award must mean a lot to her since she’s always considered herself a stage actress first who dabbles in TV work on the side.

    The 2013 Olivier Awards was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. There was no direct telecast. It is difficult for us to understand the logic (of the power-that-be) of giving coverage to an awards show which celebrates visual arts only via an audio channel! After the actual ceremony finished, iTV broadcast only an edited highlights show for general viewers which was heavy on all the musical numbers but cut all of the speeches from the winners in the Drama category, with the exception of big names like Helen Mirren. You can view the full results on the official Olivier Awards homepage. Click on each category to see the names of the nominees and the winner in that category.

    Nicola’s acceptance speech

    Nicola was presented with her award by her Spooks co-star, Rupert Penry-Jones. The Awards was a bit of a Spooks Alumni meeting, as in addition to Rupert, Lara Pulver and Anna Chancellor were also there as presenters. In addition, Suranne Jones, Nicola’s co-star from Scott & Bailey was also there as a presenter.

    In the televised version of the Awards Ceremony, Nicola was allotted only 14 seconds of screen time. A fan has very helpfully uploaded this clip onto YouTube :

     

    The ever wonderful and resourceful @SofieB_, who was on the red carpet, also filmed this clip from the outdoor broadcast.

    We managed to tape Nicola’s acceptance speech off the BBC Radio 2 broadcast and present it here for your hearing pleasure. Warning : Nicola used one word which BBC Radio 2 felt might be offensive to some listeners. If you’re the easily offended type, then don’t click on this clip. The Olivier Awards and BBC Radio 2 own the copyright in this audio clip. No infringement is intended.

    9 August 2013

    Finally!!! The Official London Theatre channel on YouTube has put the clip of Nicola accepting her award on YouTube.

     
     

    Nicola pics at the event

    You can look in HERE for 28 pics of Nicola on the red carpet and back stage. You can also see Nicola on stage in this photo from the official Oliver Awards website. For copyright reasons, we can’t present those images here.

    Nicola’s dress

    You can find more information about the dress HERE and HERE. We said it on Twitter, and we’ll say it again here : whoever helped Nicola put together her look for awards night – hair, makeup + dress, brought out the beauty that is Nicola in real life. Thank you, kind sir/madam!

    Thank you, Ruth (@theoofoof) for finding the information on the dress for us. :)

    Turn the page to read press coverage after the awards ceremony.

     

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    Last Tango in Halifax Series 2

    Series-2

    For our coverage on Series 1 of this show, go HERE.
    For our coverage on Series 3 of this show, go HERE

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    Table of Contents

    Main Cast and other production details

    Production Updates

    Production Pics

    Press Coverage : Articles/interviews available online, Press Articles Gallery

    Episode Trailers, Characters Guide, Episode Guides, Reviews and Ratings

    Screencaps | Filming Locations | Awards and Nominations

    Fun Stuff – Script download, Fun Facts, Set visits, Wish List, Best Caption Competition

    Trivia, Six Degrees and DVD news

    Order from Amazon UK

    Order the Series 1 & 2 (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) DVDs from Amazon UK.

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    Christmas Diaries

    Christmas-Diaries

    Following the success of the Easter Diaries on BBC Radio 4 Extra earlier this year, producer Paul Arnold and writer Nick Warburton have teamed up again to produce the Christmas Diaries. This programme will be a series of 5 short episodes of about 5 minutes each, airing from Friday, 21 December 2012 until Thursday, 27 December 2012 (there will not be any broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday during this period), at just before 11 am and 9 pm GMT each day on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

    From producer Paul Arnold’s BBC Radio 4 Blog

    Like the earlier project, the idea was to re-tell the familiar story from the perspective of those involved, either well-known characters such as Joseph and Mary, or those from Nick’s imagination – a traveller on the Nazareth road, or one of Herod’s lawyers. And we wanted once more to do that in real time, hearing day by day how it might have felt for them, without our perspective coloured by the centuries in between.

    Nicola will voice the part of the Traveller, who meets Joseph and reflects on the past. Her episode will air on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Eve, Monday, 24 December 2012.

    If you cannot tune in at the appropriate time, you can always catch up on the BBC Radio iPlayer which does not have any geographic restrictions – you can listen to BBC radio programmes from anywhere in the world. (Look for this programme under “C” for the “Christmas Diaries”.)

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    2012 Advent Calendar is here!

    Once again, Liga has prepared for us an Advent Calendar, featuring the one and only Nicola Walker!

    You can view the 2012 Advent Calendar HERE.

    Want to see the 2011 Advent Calendar? Go HERE.

    Enjoy!

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    Prisoners Wives Series 2

    Prisoners' Wives S2

    Table of Contents

    Background information / updates and the announcement of an air date

    Links to the BBC’s Media Pack for this show, Episode Trailers, Episode Guides, Reviews, Ratings and Filming Locations

    Articles/interviews available online, Press Articles Gallery, Script Download, Awards and Nominations, Screencaps and Six Degrees

    Cast and other Production details

    Name Role
    Iain Glenn Paul Miller
    Kim Haines Sally Carman
    Karla Crome Aisling O'Connor
    Pippa Haywood Harriet Allison
    Anne Reid Margaret
    Nicola Walker DCI Jo Fontaine
    Polly Walker Francesca ("Fran") Miller
    Brief production details
    Name Role
    Julie Gearey Creator/Writer
    Tiger Aspect Productions Production Company
    BBC One transmission station

    The links above will take you to the individual actor’s or writer’s IMDb page. For more detailed information on the show, including guests in individual episodes and a full crew list, visit on the show’s IMDb page.

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    Release date for the Region 2 DVD box set : 6 May 2013

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    Scott & Bailey Series 3

    Scott-&-Bailey-3

    Table of Contents

    Background information / updates and the announcement of an air date

    Links to the Press Kit for this show, Episode Trailers, Episode Guides, Reviews and Ratings

    Filming Locations, Articles/interviews available online, Press Articles Gallery, Screencaps and Six Degrees

    Cast and other Production details

    Name Role
    Tracie Bennett Rachel's mother
    Amelia Bullmore DCI Gill Murray
    Suranne Jones DC Rachel Bailey
    Sally Lindsay Alison Bailey
    Lesley Sharp DC Janet Scott
    Danny Miller DS Rob Waddington
    Nicola Walker Helen Bartlett
    Brief production details
    Name Role
    Sally Wainwright Co-Creator/Writer
    Red Production Limited Production Company
    iTV transmission station
    Number of Episodes 8 x 50 minutes

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    The Region 2 DVD boxset is released 1 July 2013.

     
     

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    2013 WOS Awards

    Please vote for Nicola, for her role in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, in the 2013 Whats on Stage Awards.

    Whats on Stage is a UK publication and website which is devoted to publicising all things relating to UK Theatre. It has been very supportive of Nicola in the past, so we should support it in its annual awards campaign. You have until end November 2012 to log nominations for the long list in various categories. The long list will be whittled down, eventually, to a short list, and the winners will be announced and awarded in a glittering ceremony held in London sometime in February 2013. This is the only awards relating to UK Theatre which is voted entirely by fans and theatre goers.

    We voted for Nicola in the Best Actress category. Just to be on the safe side, we also voted for her in the Best Supporting Actress category. Show your support for Nicola and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and get voting. Apart from the actress categories, you should also consider voting for nominations for the play in the following categories :

  • Best Actor (Luke Treadaway)
  • Best Actress / Best Supporting Actress (both Nicola, of course)
  • Best Ensemble Performance
  • Best New Play
  • Best Direction
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Music
  • Best Set Designer and
  • Best Lighting Designer
  •  
    Voting in relation to the long list is easy and is open to all fans, wherever you are in the world. For the long list, you may be able to vote multiple times (though we wouldn’t encourage it), but do remember that once the nominees make it to the shortlist and fans are to vote again for the eventual winners, each fan can only register one vote in each category for one email address.

    Isn’t The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time one of the best plays you have ever seen? Remember how lovely Nicola looked, all dressed up, walking the red carpet in the 2012 TV BAFTAs? Don’t you want to see her walk the red carpet again? Then get voting!

    Update : 7 December 2012

    Whats On Stage have published the Short List of all nominees and you can go through the list HERE.

    Many congratulations to Luke Treadaway and the Production Team for having made the Short List in various categories. We’re very disappointed that Nicola didn’t make it in either the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress in a Play category. No matter. Get voting now for Luke (Christopher), Marianne (the Director), Bunny (the Set Designer), Simon (the playwright), Paule (Lighting Designer) and the Ensemble in their categories. Make sure they win!!!

    Update : 17 February 2013

    Of the 6 categories the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time was nominated in, it won only “Best New Play”. You can check out the full list of winners HERE.

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    007™ Legends

    Nicola as Tracy

    007™ Legends is a computer game which includes six of the James Bond novels already made into movies. The six movies are :

    • Moonraker
    • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    • Die Another Day
    • Licence to Kill
    • Goldfinger and
    • Skyfall

    For more information about this computer game (for example, which movie actor/actress has also provided the voice work for this game), check out its Wikipedia page. You can also read a three part “Making Of” article at Crave Online.

    Nicola is the voice of Tracy di Vicenzo in the second game, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. From the official press release, we have this information 

:

    The second of six Bond movie-inspired missions to be featured in this year’s upcoming 007™ Legends video game has been revealed as On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. True love is hard to find but James Bond has finally found his equal in the beautiful Tracy di Vicenzo, the daughter of European crime syndicate head Marc-Ange Draco — Bond’s key contact for tracking down criminal mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld. After wooing Tracy and their ensuing whirlwind romance, they jet set off to the Swiss Alps as Bond pursues Blofeld. It’s here, in a picturesque Alpine setting, that gamers encounter an avalanche of action. Blofeld is aware of Bond’s undercover ruse and kidnaps Tracy, luring Bond into a rescue mission involving a fast-paced downhill ski chase and a confrontation in a high-flying cable car, which also uncovers Blofeld’s master plan to release a deadly virus in five of the world’s largest cities. With the help of Tracy’s father, players must infiltrate Blofeld’s private research facility in the Swiss Alps, thwart the release of the virus and save Tracy before it’s too late.

    If you are familiar with the James Bond franchise, either the novels and/or the movies, you will know that Tracy is the woman Bond fell in love with and married in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service but sadly, the bride was killed by one of Bond’s enemies on their wedding day. In the film version, Tracy was played by Diana Rigg.

    Nicola’s part in this computer game is very small. If you are not into computer games (specially the more violent ones which require you to beat your opponents to a pulp with your joystick), you can watch the game walkthroughs posted by some of the gamers which are uploaded on YouTube. Nicola’s voice can be heard in the following segments :

    Game Walkthrough part 1, around 4:43 minutes

    Game Walkthrough part 2, around 7:32 minutes

    Game Walkthrough part 4, around 4:40 minutes

    If you’re still getting over what happened to Ruth Evershed in Spooks [TV], then don’t watch the last part.

    Nicola as the ultimate Bond girl, i.e. Mrs. James Bond! Now if only the powers that be would cast her in a live action film version of the next Bond movie. :D

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    Our First Donation!

    As you may have noticed, we have shopping links throughout the fansite where you can shop for products available on the Amazon US and Amazon UK websites. To find out more about how these shopping links work, visit our Shop page.

    We have now accumulated more than £150 in total commissions earned on the Amazon US and Amazon UK websites. This means that clicks on the shopping links on this fansite have generated sales in excess of US$1,500 on Amazon US and £1,800 on Amazon UK respectively. We do not know who you are, but we wish to say a big THANK YOU to all the fans who have made purchases from Amazon US or UK through the fansite shopping links. Your support is greatly appreciated. We hope you will continue with this support in the days to come.

    Since there is always a time lag of a couple of months between the time the commission is earned and the time Amazon processes the relevant payment to us, as of this writing (September 2012), we have only received about £100 worth of commissions. Accordingly, we made a donation today (13 September 2012) for £100 in the name of Nicola with the US MS Society. You can check out the acknowledgement from the MS Society in the image below. (Click on the pic to see a larger image.)

    On the MS Society’s donation page, you can leave a remark when you make a donation. We indicated that the donation is made on behalf of Nicola by all of her fans. Unfortunately, this remark is not shown in the Acknowledgement issued by the MS Society.

    We will continue to make donations to the MS Society as and when we accumulate each £100 worth of commissions and report this here when we do.

    Related Charity News

    The UK Alzheimer’s Society has listed two auctions on eBay UK :

    Script for Spooks Episode 10.6, signed by Peter Firth and Nicola and

    A pair of tickets to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time which includes a back stage tour and meeting with the cast.

    These auctions are open to UK eBay account holders only and will end on 17 September 2012.

    Update : 17 September 2012

    The Spooks script auction closed at £214 and the tickets to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time closed at £410.