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2016 Good Friday and Easter Haiku

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The Things Unseen website has posted a series Good Friday and Easter Haikus submitted by their listeners. Of these, six are read by Nicola. A Haiku is a three-line Japanese-inspired poem following a strict 5-7-5 syllable format.

Of the six Haikus, three are accompanied by a short video which features music and scenery but Nicola does not appear in them. Enjoy!

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More4 Great Walks

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[Ed : the above photo was taken from an article titled “Top 10 Photography locations in the Lakes District” from the Guardian website. That article has no connection with the Channel 4 programme.]

Here’s what we know about this project (from the Channel 4 website) :

Channel 4 in the UK has produced 10 short films featuring stunning footage from all four corners of the British Isles accompanied by readings from much-loved British actors.

The 10 shorts are:

Anglesey – Hollywood actor Michael Sheen reads The Moment by Kathleen Raine over a fantastic aerial shot of Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey.

Aber Falls – Michael Sheen reads Leisure by W.H. Davies over a single shot of the incredible Rhaeadr-fawr (Aber Falls), Gwynedd.

Pinetum – Homeland star David Harewood reads Leaf and Tendril by John Burroughs over a beautiful shot of the forest at Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent.

Slieve Donard – Amanda Burton reads an extract from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis over a stunning image of the riverside walking route to Slieve Donard, County Down.

Causeway – Amanda Burton reads an extract from The Irish Sketchbook by William Makepeace Thackeray over incredible images of Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim.

Dovedale – Sean Bean reads an extract from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame over beautiful scenery of Dovedale, Derbyshire.

Wycoller – Sean Bean reads Stanzas by Emily Bronte over a breathtaking shot of the historic Wycoller Country Park, Lancashire.

Buttermere – Last Tango in Halifax star Nicola Walker reads The Words of Alfred Wainwright over a breathtaking image of one of the Lake’s District’s best views in Buttermere, Cumbria.

Old Man – Downton Abbey star Phyllis Logan reads In Praise of Walking by Thomas A. Clark over striking scenery of The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye.

Camusdarach – Phyllis Logan reads an extract from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage by Lord Byron over shots of the golden sands of Camusdarach Beach, The Highlands.

As far as we can tell, each short film lasts only about a minute and they are not available for viewing anywhere on the web.

We do not know which passage written by Alfred Wainwright was used in Nicola’s short clip. You can find more information on Alfred Wainwright on Wikipedia.

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The Circuit, comedy pilot

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Nicola has been cast in a new comedy pilot called The Circuit. Here is the press release from Channel 4

Channel 4 invites you to the worst dinner party that’s ever happened in the world anywhere. The Circuit, produced by Merman and written by Dennis Kelly (Utopia, Pulling) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Pulling) is a brand new comedy pilot commissioned by Channel 4 about the horror and hilarity of social engagement.

Gabe (Adeel Akhtar) and Nat (Eva Birthistle) have left their wonderful old life and moved to an area where people seem to oscillate somewhere between highly-strung and psychopathic. The reason they left isn’t immediately clear but they’re here now and trying to make the best of it. They go to one dinner party hosted by neighbour Helene (Victoria Hamilton) and her husband Sasha (Tobias Menzies) with fellow prisoners Danny (Paul Ready), Marty (Nicola Walker) and her girlfriend Angie (Desiree Akhavan). And so begins a descent into hell and Goulash, from which no one will ever fully recover.

Phil Clarke, Channel 4’s head of comedy said: “The pitch for The Circuit was irresistible. The premise – that everyone hates going to dinner parties but goes anyway – is a great starting place for a comedy. Plus, the prospect of a script from Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly, writing together again for the first time since Pulling, was incredibly exciting. The script didn’t disappoint, and I am delighted that we are now making a pilot.”

Rachel Springett, comedy commissioner for Channel 4 said: “We can’t wait to see this stellar cast breathe life into Dennis and Sharon’s fabulous script. It’s a very exciting project which we are thrilled to be making with them.”

Clelia Mountford, Founder and MD for Merman, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Channel 4 on the longest dinner party ever. We just hope they’ll bring the wine.”

Dennis Kelly and Sharon Horgan said: “It has taken just 10 short years for us to agree to work together again. It was a mistake.”

The Circuit pilot was commissioned by Channel 4 and is produced by t (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Divorce ) for Merman. It was written by Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly, who also serve as executive producers.

At this stage, it looks as though Nicola will only be involved in the filming of the pilot. The pilot will be aired, hopefully sometime in 2016, and then it will be up to Channel 4 to order a full season of shows. If that happens, Nicola may or may not be further involved. She has filmed other pilots in the past where she did not end up having any further involvement because of scheduling conflicts by the time the pilot is picked up.

Sharon Horgan has written a lot of comedy hits, but equally, she has written some shows which failed to hit the mark, e.g. Dead Boss. So we’re keeping an open mind about this new project. It would be nice to see Nicola in a comedic role.

Production Updates

Sharon Horgan has shared these production pics on Hellomerman, her Instagram page :

Nicola can be seen on set in the third pic.

Six Degrees

Adeel Akhtar was in River, though he did not have any direct scenes with Nicola in that show.

Tobias Menzies was in two episodes of Series 8 of Spooks, though he did not have any scenes with Nicola.

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Fugue State

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A new SweetTalk Productions radio project starring Nicola. The show was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 29 October 2015.

In the heart of the English countryside in a specialist residential hospital. A man, a government agent, is in a fugue state – a psychological shutdown – the result of something seemingly threatening that has taken place in a remote village.

Needing to act before the situation escalates and believing the patient can still hear, Doctor Fallon uses sound recordings to recreate events leading up to the point of shutdown, to prompt the patient’s brain into remembering what has happened.

Julian Simpson’s original drama was inspired by a series of talks and workshops at the Wellcome Trust, based around the latest thinking on how the human brain processes inputs – how it builds a model of the world, which we call reality, based on sensory information and our prediction of what we are expecting to see, hear or feel.

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 30 days thereafter.

Six Degrees

Phoebe Fox was Nicola’s co-stars in A View from the Bridge.

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

Stephen Mackintosh was Nicola’s co-star in Inside Men.

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, Bad Memories and Kokomo.

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Last Tango in Halifax Series 4

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First the good news, YES there will be a series 4. After Episode 6 of Series 3 was aired in the UK on 1 February 2015, an announcement was made at the end of the programme to the effect that “Last Tango in Halifax will return with a new series“, AND the BBC logged this tweet :

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And now, for the bad news : Series 4 won’t be on screen until late 2016, at the earliest! Various sources have confirmed this. Read more in our Last Tango in Halifax FAQ.

Series 4 may well turn out to be a movie rather than a series with 6 episodes. On 29.11.2014, we saw on Twitter that Sally Wainwright gave a talk to the Overgate Hospice in Calderdale during which she revealed that Last Tango in Halifax might be made into a film. How exciting. Nicola on the big screen. Yes!!! At the end of the day, whether Series 4 will have six episodes or one long movie is up to Sally Wainwright and the BBC. It will also depend on the respective schedules of the lead actors/actresses.

We will keep you posted, both here and on Twitter.

For our coverage on Series 3 of this show, go HERE.
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 “spoilery”. 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 / Cast Tweets / Updates

Production Pics

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

Trailers | Characters Guide | Episode Guides | Reviews and Ratings

Screencaps | Filming Locations | Awards and Nominations

Fun Stuff – Script download, Fun Facts

Trivia, Six Degrees and DVD news

Order from Amazon UK

You can order the show’s DVD box sets (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) from Amazon UK. Purchases made through these links will help us raise money for Nicola’s charity, the MS Society of the UK.

 


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Dr Who : Doomsday Coalition

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Big Finish has just announced a new Dr Who audio project which features Nicola once again as the Doctor’s companion, Liv Chenka.

In October 2015 the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) and his companion Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) will head into a brand new era of Doctor Who, as the TARDIS is recalled to Gallifrey by the Time Lords. And they will be battling a new foe known only as The Eleven…

Doctor Who: Doom Coalition is an epic saga that will span four box sets (a total of sixteen episodes) forming one breathtaking inter-connecting saga that will push the Doctor’s bravery and resourcefulness to its limits.

Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 1 is released in October 2015. The remaining three volumes will follow across 2016 and into 2017 and can be bought as a collected Bundle.

For the complete press release about Doomsday Coalition, head over to the Big Finish website.

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Table of Contents

Main Cast and other production details

Production News / Cast Tweets / Updates

Production Pics

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

Trailers | Characters Guide | Episode Guides | Reviews and Ratings

Screencaps | Filming Locations | Awards and Nominations

Fun Stuff – Script download, Fun Facts

Trivia, Six Degrees and DVD news

Order from Amazon UK

You can order the show’s DVD box sets (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) from Amazon UK. Purchases made through these links will help us raise money for Nicola’s charity, the MS Society of the UK.

 


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2015 Q&A

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The last Q&A we did with Nicola was in September 2011. Since then, Nicola has gained a whole new fan base as a result of her role (as Gillian) in Last Tango in Halifax. We thought it may be time to try for another Q&A with her.

Caveat

We must say first of all, we have not yet obtained Nicola’s consent to run this Q&A. She is a busy actress with a lot of work commitments and probably a million other things to attend to in her personal life. Whatever questions we collect from you will be handed to her for consideration during the weeks when she’s appearing on stage in A View from the Bridge at the Wyndham Theatre. She will probably need to rest up during the day in order to be in top shape for each evening’s performance. We will leave Nicola to decide whether she wants to answer some or all of the questions. If she declines to answer any questions, we will respect her decision and not badger her. From past experience, we know that Nicola is always happy to oblige whenever and wherever she can. Fingers crossed!

Some rules

Nicola will probably be more inclined to answer your questions if you make them interesting enough. So, what can you, or should you, ask her? Anything you like, but here are just a few rules :

1. Nothing too personal, please, e.g. size of any of her body parts; when’s her birthday, the exact date she got married etc. Her personal life is just that, personal to her and off limits to fans.

2. We would prefer the questions to be general in nature and not specifically about any character she has played in any shows (TV/Audio/Stage).

3. Please avoid questions about which is her favourite role to date, or her favourite leading man etc. Knowing her, she’d be too diplomatic to name any favourites.

What to ask?

Still not sure what to ask Nicola? Try some of the Q&As and interviews she’s done in the past, which you can find on this Page.

We will divide all questions collected into two groups : those which are interesting and which we think Nicola might like to answer, and those which the Editorial Team has censored but will show Nicola anyway.

As soon as we receive answers from Nicola, they will be posted on this website.

A small “Thank you” gift for the best question

If Nicola decides to answer any of your questions (from either or both groups), we will also let her choose the one which she regards as the best question. We will send a DVD box set of Last Tango in Halifax (Series 1-3) (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) to the person who asked that question as a “Thank You” gift. Hopefully we will have this signed by Nicola.

We will send the winner this little gift no matter where in the world he or she lives in. Shipping will be free but the recipient must be responsible for import duties or custom clearance (if applicable) imposed by the country where he or she lives in. It will also be up to the winner to find a DVD player which can play Regions 2 & 4 compatible DVDs. We will not send out any Region 1 DVDs.

If more than one person submitted the same or similar questions as the winning one, the person who was first in time to submit the question will get our little gift.

Go on, fill in and send us the form below. You can include as many questions as you like in one form, or you can fill in more than one form, on different days, each with a different question.

The closing date is 10 February 2015.

Email us

In case you are unable to submit the above form multiple times, or you require any clarification on what you can ask, you can always Email Us.

Update : 11 February 2015

Big thanks to everyone who has submitted questions. They range from the sublimely well thought out to the ridiculously funny. We will try our best to submit these to Nicola.

As soon as we have a reaction from Nicola, we will make an announcement here. Thanks again, everyone! 😀

Update : 10 March 2015

We have answers for you and you can read them on this Page.

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19th Annual Satellite Awards (2015)

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CONGRATULATIONS to Nicola!

Nicola has received a nomination in the 2014 Satellite Awards, in the category of Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for her work on Last Tango in Halifax. Please scroll down the page to get to Nicola’s category.

We believe the nomination is for Nicola’s work on Series 1 of this show. No other cast member from the show managed to score a nomination for these awards.

Winners will be announced in Los Angeles on 15 February 2015. It is unlikely that Nicola will attend the presentation ceremony, whether or not she will win, because she will be appearing on stage at the Wyndham Theatre for A View from the Bridge.

The Satellite Awards are annual awards voted on and awarded by the International Press Academy.

The International Press Academy (IPA) is an entertainment media association with voting members worldwide who represent domestic and foreign markets via print, television, radio, blogs, and other content platforms for virtually every notable outlet.

Many thanks to members of the Academy who voted to get Nicola on the shortlist in her category.

The other nominees in Nicola’s category are :

Nominee Show Studio
Ann Dowd The Leftovers HBO
Allison Tolman Fargo FX
Michelle Monaghan True Detective HBO
Sarah Paulson American Horror Story FX
Zoe Kazan Olive Kitteridge HBO

This is Nicola’s first nomination from a US awards organisation, and we are certain it won’t be her last. We are very pleased that Nicola has finally earned some recognition in North America for her work. Fingers and toes tightly crossed!

Thanks, SofieB, for the heads up on this nomination 😀

16 February 2015

The winners have been announced. Unfortunately, Nicola did not win in her category. 🙁

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2015 Whats On Stage Awards

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Nicola has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress in a Play category in the 2015 Whats On Stage Awards, for her work in A View from the Bridge.

These awards are voted on by fans only, so get voting by going to the WhatsOnStage website. The voting period will expire on 31 January 2015. Winners will be announced on 15 February 2015.

You do not have to vote in every category although you can, if you want to. Every vote counts, but each person is only allowed to vote once – you will be asked to register an email address and their system will tag your computer and IP address to prevent multiple votes logged by the same person. There is no geographic restriction on voting – you can vote from anywhere in the world!

Whilst you are there, why not also vote for Nicola’s co-star in the same play, Mark Strong, who has been nominated in the Best Actor in a Play category.

Nicola has never before appeared on a shortlist of nominees for the Whats On Stage Awards. In 2012, she was included in the longlist of nominees for her work in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. In this Post, we urged fans to vote Nicola through to the shortlist but in the end, Nicola didn’t make it.

Good luck, Nicola! 😀 😀 😀

16 February 2015

The winners have been announced. Unfortunately, Nicola didn’t win in her category. 🙁

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Babylon Series 1

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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 cast members, possible story arcs etc. which may be considered by some fans as “spoilery”. So don’t click on those links if you do not want to know anything about the show before it airs.

For our coverage on Babylon (the Pilot), go HERE.

Table of Contents

Main Cast and other production details

Production Pics

Press Coverage : Press Pack | Articles/interviews available online | Press Articles Gallery

Episode Trailers, Episode Guides and Reviews

Screencaps | Filming Locations | Awards and Nominations

Six degrees

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

Order from Amazon UK

You can order the show’s DVD box sets (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) from Amazon UK. Your purchase made through this link will benefit Nicola’s chosen charity.

 


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River

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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 cast members, possible story arcs etc. which may be considered by some fans as “spoilery”. So don’t click on those links if you do not want to know anything about the show before it airs.

Table of Contents

Main Cast and other production details

Production News / Cast Tweets / 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

Trivia, Six Degrees and DVD news

Order from Amazon UK

You can order the show’s DVD box sets (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) from Amazon UK.

 


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Dr Who : Dark Eyes

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For all information relating to Dr. Who : Dark Eyes 2, go HERE.
 
For all information relating to Dr. Who : Dark Eyes 3, go HERE.

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Update : 27 January 2015

Big Finish has announced that post-production work on has completed. Once again, Nicola a cast member. Here is the synopsis, taken from the Big Finish website :

4.1 A Life in the Day by John Dorney

The Doctor and Liv return to post-World War I London, where the Doctor meets Kitty Donaldson (Beth Chalmers), and Liv strikes a friendship with her brother Martin (Barnaby Kay). But what mysterious force is hunting them?

4.2 The Monster of Montmartre by Matt Fitton

The Doctor and Liv’s investigations bring them to Paris, where a monster stalks the streets.

4.3 Master of the Daleks by John Dorney

The Master and the Dalek Time Controller have forged an alliance. History hangs in the balance, and this time the Doctor can’t help…

4.4 Eye of Darkness by Matt Fitton

It’s the endgame. Truths will be revealed, and a hero will make the ultimate sacrifice.

 

Trailer

This trailer has been released by Big Finish

Nicola with Alex MacQueen

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Big Finish has released this studio photo of Alex MacQueen with Nicola in the studio. The all-star cast includes Paul McGann, Barnaby Kay, Rachel Stirling and Susannah Harker, to name just as few.
 
 
 

Order Now

Dark Eyes 4 will be out in March 2015. Both Dark Eyes 2 and Dark Eyes 3 are now available. Place your order on the Big Finish website. If you order the CDs, they will ship anywhere in the world, post free. The show is also available to purchase as an audio download. Big Finish also accepts PayPal in addition to credit cards. Enjoy!

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Last Tango in Halifax Series 3

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UK transmission date :
Sunday, 28 December 2014, 9 pm GMT BBC One

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 “spoilery”. 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 / Cast Tweets / Updates

Production Pics

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

Trailers | Characters Guide | Episode Guides | Reviews and Ratings

Screencaps | Filming Locations | Awards and Nominations

Fun Stuff – Script download, Fun Facts

Trivia, Six Degrees and DVD news

Order from Amazon UK

You can order the show’s DVD box sets (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) from Amazon UK. Purchases made through these links will help us raise money for Nicola’s charity, the MS Society of the UK.

 


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A View from the Bridge

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This play was staged at the Young Vic between 4 April 2014 to 7 June 2014. For our coverage of this Play during its run at the Young Vic, go HERE.
 
 
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This play will be transferred to the West End and staged at the Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited 8 week run starting from 11 February 2015. For our coverage of the West End run, go HERE.
 
 
A View on Broadway
This play will transfer to Broadway and staged at the Lyceum Theatre, New York for a limited season to start on 21 October 2015 and end on 21 February 2016. For our complete coverage of the Broadway run, go HERE.

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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! 😀

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!!!
 

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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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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 😀

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

*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. 😀 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.

Order from Amazon UK

You can order the show’s DVD box set (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) from Amazon UK. Your purchase made through this link will benefit Nicola’s chosen charity.

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