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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.

Debbie Tucker Green

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!

Reviews

The film had its debut at the 2014 September Toronto International Film Festival and here is a selection of film reviews posted by critics who have seen the movie :

Hollywood Reporter | Standard UK | Variety | IndieWire

Nicola does not have a big role in this movie, so its not surprising that her cameo hasn’t merited a mention in any of these reviews.

2014 London Film Festival

Here are the show times for the film at the 2014 London Film Festival :

Oct 17, 2014 9:15 PM
Odeon West End, Screen 1

Oct 18, 2014 6:30 PM
Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1

Oct 19, 2014 3:30 PM
Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2

The film is in competition in the First Feature Competition.

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].

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Fire Horse

Roddy and Jules

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 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

2013-Olivier-Awards

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.

©Manuel Harlan / Royal National Theatre

©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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    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.

    Buy the DVD on Amazon UK

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

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    Scott & Bailey Series 3

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    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

    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.

    Buy the DVD on Amazon UK

    The Region 2 DVD boxset is released 1 July 2013.

     
     

    Turn the page and start reading all the information which we have collected on this show.

     
     

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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
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    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 

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    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. 😀

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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.

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    Heading Out

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    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 and Ratings

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

    Cast and other Production details

    Name Role
    June Brown Sozzie
    Dominic Coleman Jamie
    Shelley Conn Eve
    Dawn French Frances
    Mel Giedroyc Ivanka
    Steve Oram Daniel
    Sue Perkins Sara
    Joanna Scanlon Toria
    Anna Skellern Sophie
    Nicola Walker Justine
    Harriet Walter Angela
    Brief production details
    Name Role
    Sue Perkins Creator/Writer
    Sue Perkins Composer – Title Music
    Red Production Limited (joint producer) Production Company
    Square Peg TV (Sue Perkins's own production company) Production Company
    BBC Two transmission station
    Number of Episodes 6 x 30 minutes

    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.

    NOTE The show has NOT been renewed for a Series 2.

    Ed’s Note Its a shame they’re not giving Justine her own spin-off show. There would have been countless comic possibilities there!

    Purchase the DVD from Amazon UK

    The DVD box set for this show is released on 8 April 2013 and is Region 2 and 4 PAL compatible. A 10 minute Behind the Scenes Featurette is available on the DVD and Nicola appears in a short interview about the show.

     
     

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    A Mother’s Son

    A new two part drama from ITV which stars Herminone Norris as a mother who suspects that her son might have murdered a teenage girl.

    HERE is the press release from ITV where you can read more about this programme. You can also download the Press Pack for this show HERE.

    Nicola has a guest role in this programme, as DC Sue Upton. This may or may not be the same role which Nicola auditioned for previously. A few months ago, a Google Alert put us on notice that some audition clips were available on video sharing site Vimeo relating to A Monther’s Son. Nicola’s audition for the role of a policewoman was amongst the clips which we saw. However, a few days later, the entity responsible for uploading these clips realised they must have made a mistake and made the clips “private”, i.e. the clips are not available for viewing by the general public. In the clip which we saw, Nicola was asked to read a scene where she asked questions of the mother of the suspect. Several other actresses also read the same scene and their clips were also available. As of this writing, we have no idea whether the role Nicola ended up with is the same one for which she auditioned, and how big a role this part is.

    We won’t have long to wait to find out. The first episode will air on Monday, 3 September 2012 at 21:00 GMT, with the second episode to follow on Tuesday at the same time slot. Interestingly, Nicola will also be appearing in her guest episode of New Tricks on Monday, 3 September 2012 at 21:00 GMT, but that show is on BBC One. If Nicola also appears in episode one of A Mother’s Son on Monday, 3 September 2012, then it will be a historic first where you can watch her on two channels in two programme at the same time!!!

    Screencaps

    Screencaps of Nicola in the two episodes of this programme can be viewed HERE.

    Six Degrees

    Herminone Norris was in Series 5 of Spooks [TV] with Nicola.

    Buy from Amazon UK

    The Region 2 DVD will be on sale as from 24 September 2012.

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    Big Town All Stars (rpt)

     

    BBC Radion 4 Extra will be repeating this wonderful radio programme again, on Friday, 27 July 2012 at 23:00 GMT. If you cannot tune in at the time, or you don’t live in the UK, you can catch this programme on the BBC Radio iPlayer for seven days after its first broadcast, i.e from shortly after midnight on Saturday, 28 July 2012 until about 23:00 GMT on Friday, 3 August 2012.

    Don’t like radio shows? Never heard one before? Don’t think you can multi-task by listening to a radio show and doing something else at the same time? Well, tune into this one and I’m sure Nicola’s performance will astonish you and change your mind completely about this genre!If you’ve heard this programme before, then its time for your annual fix of Nicola singing 😀

    Here is what we said on 3 July 2011 when this programme was repeated on BBC Radion 4 Extra :

    BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly known as BBC Radio 7) will repeat the Big Town All Stars as from Friday, 8 July 2011, at 23:30 GMT. We have an episode guide, cast list and more details to this programme HERE . One episode will be repeated in each week.

    This is easily one of the best radio shows which Nicola has done. The writing is sharp and full of zippy one liners. As the show revolves around an acappella group, cast members (including Nicola) get to sing snippets of their repertoire throughout the show. Its “Glee” for grown-ups, except that the show was years ahead of its time and has shown no signs of aging. And yes, Nicola has a brilliant singing voice, though she told us that she did have difficulties with the four part harmonies on one or two songs. It would be brilliant if the powers that be could turn this into a TV show, since “Glee” has now paved the way for TV singing shows.

    For now, you can listen to this radio show via the internet, no matter which part of the world you live in. Just log on to the BBC Radio 4 Extra website HERE at the appropriate time. If you are unable to catch the show on its first broadcast because of time zone differences or other reasons, you will be pleased to know that each episode will remain available on the BBC Radio iPlayer for seven days after its first broadcast.

    On 1 July 2011, we logged a tweet about this show being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra. We were really chuffed that our tweet was retweeted by the radio station itself a few minutes afterwards! However, we have not been able to confirm with the radio station whether or not they will be including episode 3 of Series 2 in this re-broadcast. For copyright or other reasons, that particular episode was not included each time the show was rebroadcast in 2009 and 2010. For those of us who have been lucky enough to have heard this missing episode, we would say that there is no great loss if it is not rebroadcast since (a) it is possibly the weakest episode in the entire two Series and (b) Nicola has only a few lines in this episode.

    Don’t miss this broadcast. It is mandatory listening for any card carrying NOG (that would be “Nicola Obsessed Girls/Guys”)!

    Update : 10 November 2012

    BBC Radio 4 Extra has just started repeating Series 2 of this how. Back in July 2012, it repeated only Series 1. Tune in, wherever you are!

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    The Last Breath

    Nicola is back on the radio on Friday, 6 July 2012 in BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Drama, The Last Breath. The following information is taken from BBC Radio 4’s website.

    The drama is set in 2018. Assisted suicide has been legalised in the UK.

    Ben Fearnside is an abstract expressionist painter. He has had some success with London galleries but his work has now fallen out of fashion. Without an audience his life-work is unwitnessed and ‘uncreated’. He decides to make one final piece of art: he will capture a dying breath in a jar and exhibit it.

    Ben invites freelance radio producer Anita Sullivan to profile him and document the process of capturing The Last Breath. But as the date for breath capture approaches, the identity of the donor remains a mystery.

    ‘The Last Breath’ is a high-concept piece of drama about a high-concept piece of art. It plays with narrative form by blending documentary and drama, using real people and real names with a fictional story. The play asks some big questions: what is art, what should be sacrificed in the name of art… and what is the price of a soul?

    The Last Breath was created by Ben Fearnside with Anita Sullivan

    Nicky is played by Nicola Walker

    
The interviewees are : 
Derek and Mo Fearnside, Ben Fletcher, Professor Emma Jones, Anthony Chopper White, Linda Keenan and Dr Mark Gretason.


    The Static State artists are : 
Kenny Watson, Alex Allan, Joseph Watts and Robert Perry.

    Music was written and performed by Nick Tettersell.

    Producer: Karen Rose 
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

    click to see a larger image of the tweets

    There was a conversation on Twitter on 11 June 2012 where QVoice mentioned that they had done a recent recording which involved Nicola. It is possible that that recording was for this programme.

    The programme will go on air at 2:15 pm on Friday, 6 July 2012 and run for 45 minutes. If you cannot tune in at that time, the programme will remain available on the BBC’s Radio iPlayer for 7 days thereafter, i.e. until 13.6.2012. There is no geographical restrictions on listening to the BBC Radio iPlayer so no matter where in the world you live in, you should be able to catch this programme. You do not need any special software in order to use the BBC Radio iPlayer.

    Update : 12 April 2015

    From the Anita Sullivan website

    The drama was all improvised. There was no script, only a storyline. All the contributors (apart from Nicola Walker) were friends or professional associates of the artist, non-actors.

    Repeats

    This show will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday, 14 April 2015. You can listen in from anywhere in the world for 30 days after the repeat has been aired. Thank you, Sweet Talk Productions, for the heads-up.

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    Last Tango in Halifax Series 1

    Series-1

    For our coverage on Series 2 of this show, go HERE.
    For our coverage on Series 3 of this show, go HERE.

    Table of Contents

    Background information / updates, when the show was still called Antony & Cleopatra

    Background information / updates, when the show was renamed Last Tango in Halifax

    More Updates and a link to the BBC media pack for this show (which includes interviews from Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire and of course, Nicola)

    Articles/interviews available online, Press Articles Gallery and Series 2 news

    Links to Episode Trailers, Episode Guides, Characters Guide, Reviews, Ratings and Screencaps

    Filming Locations, Series 1 Dedication (find out who is Alec Walker)

    Awards and Nominations

    Fun Stuff – script download, six degrees and DVD news

    Cast and other Production details

    The Buttershaw Family
    Name Role
    Derek Jacobi Alan Buttershaw
    Nicola Walker Gillian Greenwood (nee Buttershaw)
    Josh Bolt Raff Greenwood
    The Dawson Family
    Name Role
    Anne Reid Celia Dawson
    Sarah Lancashire Caroline Dawson
    Tony Gardner John Elliot
    Edward Ashley William Elliot
    Louis Greatorex Lawrence Elliot
    Other Characters
    Name Role
    Nina Sosanya Kate
    Dean Andrews Robbie
    Sacha Dhawan Paul Jatri
    Ronni Ancona Judith
    Brief production details
    Name Role
    Sally Wainwright Creator/Writer/one of the Executive Producers
    Euros Lyn Director – episodes 1 to 3
    Samuel Donovan Director – episodes 4 to 6
    Red Productions Production Company
    BBC One transmission station
    Number of Episodes 6 x 60 minutes

    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.

    Order from Amazon UK

    The Region 2 DVD is also Region 4 compatible.

     


    Turn the page and start reading all the information which we have collected on this show.

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    Nicola at the 2012 TV BAFTAs

    The 2012 TV BAFTAs were handed out in a star studded ceremony held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday, 27 May 2012. The very last series of Spooks was nominated in the Best Drama category but it did not win. For a full list of nominees and winners, check out the BAFTA website.

    Nicola attended this ceremony with her co-star in Spooks, Peter Firth (who apparently brought along his oft talked about but never before seen girlfriend), as well as the writers of Spooks Series 10 and executives from Kudos. She wore a long black or dark blue skirt teamed with a short jacket of the same color. In her hand was a red clutch, the same colour as her shoes.

    Nicola had no shortage of friends at this event. Others in attendance included :

    Her former co-stars in Spooks :

    • Jenny Agutter (who was a presenter)
    • Raza Jeffrey
    • Robert Glenister (who was a presenter)
    • Rupert Penry-Jones (who was a presenter)
    • Lara Pulver
    • Miranda Raison (who was a presenter)

    Her friends :

    There was no coverage from the mainstream press about Nicola’s walk down the red carpet. As for the two hour programme itself, there were just a couple of very fleeting reaction shots of Nicola after they showed clips from Spooks at the beginning of the programme and when announcing the Drama category. Here are the only screencaps we could find from the actual programme (courtesy of Lisa (@flip18)).

    Thank goodness for some very staunch fans of Spooks who met Nicola on the red carpet and took some photos which they have agreed for us to share with you. A big THANK YOU from all of us here on the Editorial Team. 😀

    Fans on duty at the red carpet prepared a couple of signs, one of which said “Spooks” and the other said “Ruth Evershed Lives”. When Nicola saw the “Ruth” sign, she immediately walked over and signed it “4 eva xx”. A photo of that sign is included in the Gallery.

    Fans who took these photos own the copyright in these photos, so please respect their rights if you want to use them in any way other than ogling them in private!

    (more pics will be added the gallery as and when we receive them from the relevant fans)

    Update : 28 May 2012

    Alison Graham from the Radio Times tweeted today about how much both she and Nicola still misses “Ruth Evershed”. Alison also said that even though she tried, she couldn’t get Nicola to agree to join Twitter!.

    This article, which came up in our Google Alerts, tells us that M.A.C. Cosmetics was the make-up partner for last night’s awards ceremony. The article seems to imply that Nicola was amongst the attendees who took advantage of the services provided by M.A.C. Cosmetics for this event. @Born_Spook told us that Nicola looked radiant on the red carpet. Perhaps we have M.A.C. Cosmetics to thank for that?!

    Report from the trenches

    Here is a report by a fan who was on the scene yesterday afternoon. This will explain some of the poses struck by Nicola in the photos gallery.

    by Emily (@ManderleyDream)

    A position near the barriers; check. Spooks signs sellotaped and in place; check. Sun-tan lotion; whoops.

    After a lot of waiting around (which is never too tiring when you’re amongst friends) the guests started to arrive and filtered in. After a while, guests from Spooks started to make their way up the steps (including Lara Pulver, Rupert Penry Jones and Raza Jaffrey) and our signs (so wonderfully made by Kate) attracted their attention as well as other guests who took their own time to photo them and nudge their partners and point.

    Eventually we caught sight of Peter Firth who was looking over in our direction at the signs. We called out to him and he made a beeline for us, saying “hello girls” and asking us how we were and vice versa. As pleasantries were being exchanged Nicola Walker popped up behind him, smiling and cheerful as ever. Originally we couldn’t see her in the line where Peter was but apparently this was due to a delay at the ticket entry. She then spotted us and pointed at us before making her way over. Peter joked that they felt overdressed for the occasion and that everyone was wearing beachwear.

    Nicola and Peter took their time and signed various pictures and were more than happy to have photos with the fans. At one point, Peter signed a picture and came up behind Nicola, placed it in her hands and said “sign that one please, darling”. Nicola was busy signing away while Peter searched around the fans in order to give a pen lid back. As Nicola signed one photo, she commented that it was a really lovely picture (it was the bridge scene from 8.2).

    She looked at the signs and said “I love your signs!” before taking a biro and writing on one of the signs. Originally it said “Ruth Evershed lives”, but with Nicola’s addition, it read “Ruth Evershed lives 4eva xx”.

    Nicola then saw our wristbands and said “My wristbands, I should have worn my wristbands!”. Lucy then told her that we had another wristband for her and Nicola just stood there looking very serious and ordered “Give it to me.” While Lucy fished out the wristband, Nicola and Peter were posing for photos, taken by both fans and other guests (Jane Featherstone took a few). Jane Featherstone then, with a big smile, snapped a few photos of our signs on her iphone before going back to the queue, it was very funny! At this point, Peter wandered off to sign more autographs to our right leaving Nicola to receive her new wristband.

    When Lucy gave it to her, she put in on her wrist straight away and then took her time to read it. It said “Something wonderful that was never said” and her jaw dropped for a second before she quickly shouted “Peter!” and crooked her finger, beckoning him over. He returned quickly and Nicola made them both pose for more photographs, putting her hand (with wristband) on his chest and saying “right there, over the heart”.

    Peter then vanished again and Nicola had more photos with us, commenting that it was the end of an era really and this may be the last chance for Spooks. When asked if she could call Peter back quickly, she looked around and walked towards him but he was heading back for the queue for the red carpet. She then ran back to us and shouted “I have no control over that man!” before smiling and heading back towards the queue. On her way back she did quickly turn around and blow a few quick kisses before catching up with the Spooks group (showing Simon Crawford Collins her wristband in the process).

    THANK YOU Emily!!!

    Update : 29 May 2012

    And now, we have a three minute clip to go with emily’s report. THANK YOU @MrsGilesFarmer.

    (With some browsers, the embedded video clip may not show up immediately. Just refresh the page and the clip should display properly.)

    This clip shows details in Nicola’s dress which could not be seen in the photos. Her dress looks great. Love the red heels!

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    the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

    Table of Contents

    Background Updates

    Rehearsal Photos, Interviews with Cast and Crew

    Press and other Reviews

    More Updates, NT Podcasts with Marianne Elliot and Una Stubbs, a “Making Of” video, Awards and Nominations, Celebrity Sightings and Six Degrees

    Fan Reviews

  • at the Cottesloe
  • NT Live
  • Relaxed Performance
  • Final Performance at the Cottesloe
  • Update : 25 January 2013

    Its official, Nicola will not be joining the cast in the show’s West End transfer.

    This item from Whats On Stage confirms what we have suspected for weeks : Nicola will not be joining the rest of the cast in the play’s transfer to the West End in March 2013. (Thank you, AgentP, for the link.) Her part, Christopher’s mother Judy, will be taken over by Holly Aird, who was in Torn [TV] with Nicola.

    We are disappointed, but that probably means Nicola will be busy with filming work on her various TV shows 🙂 Turn the page and read all the information we have amassed on the play when Nicola was still in it.

    Read the Book

    Order from Amazon UK

    There is a special edition of the book to accompany the National Theatre’s production of this play.

    Order from Amazon US

    The play is not available as a DVD. The National Theatre does not release any of its NT Live plays as DVDs.

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    Spooks S10 R1 DVD release

    Finally, we have news of the Region 1 release of Series 10. This press release from the BBC was taken from Tv Shows on DVD website

    A fiery farewell! Never shown on television, the final season of the hugely successful, long-running BBC drama reaches a thrilling conclusion in six riveting hour-long episodes. The crack counter-terrorism unit of the British Secret Service tries desperately to mend relations in the US and Middle East, while the squad tracks down a known anarchist who may be building a dirty bomb in London.

    The Bafta-winning, international hit spy drama returns for a nail-biting tenth and final series. With the truth about Lucas North finally revealed, and following his rooftop showdown at the end of the last series, Harry is facing some complicated questions about the future of Section D as well as some skeletons from his own past.

    Relationships between the CIA and MI5 have never been more strained, but add the Russian secret service to the mix and Harry and his team have a power timebomb on their hands. Fast-paced, tense and exhilarating, the latest series sees the team tested to their limits as the pressure is on to stop whoever is attacking the fledgling relationship between Britain and Russia.

    The BBC is scheduling a DVD release in the USA and Canada of MI-5 – Volume 10, making its debut on March 6th! The 2-disc set running approx. 360 minutes contains the final 6 episodes of the program, at a cost of $29.98 SRP.

    A few things for US fans to note :

    • The R1 DVDs have a different cover image. It includes the rest of the team, not just Harry and Ruth as was the case with the R2 DVDs. This is possibly because both Max Brown and Lara Pulver have a higher profile in the US market than Nicola or Peter Firth.
    • The press release indicates that the box set will include only 2 discs which cover the 6 episodes. There is no mention of the two featurettes (Harry’ Game and The Top 10 Spooks Moments) which were available as part of the R2 DVDs. The S9 R1 DVDs were also released without the R2 extra features and episode commentaries. US fans who want to have their own copies of the two featurettes on DVD will have to think about buying the R2 DVDs.

    Order from Amazon US

    Order the box set from Amazon US and help us raise money for Nicola’s favourite charity, the M S Society of the UK. Its simple. Just click on the link provided below and you will be taken to the Amazon US website. From there, simply put the DVD box set into your shopping cart and complete your purchase within the next 90 days. However, if you change your mind and delete this item from your shopping cart but add it back in without first clicking on the link provided below (or elsewhere in this fansite), the cookie trail will be lost and we will not earn a commission on that sale.

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    Antony and Cleopatra

    June 2012 : The name of this show has been changed to “Last Tango in Halifax”. Read all about it in this Post.

    We’ve known about this project for some time now, but refrained from logging a post about it out of respect to the production company who was supposed to make a formal announcement about recent casting for the show a couple of weeks ago. They haven’t done that, but in the meantime, Twitter and other forums have been full of speculation about the show, so we might as well make this post public.

    Back in May 2011, the BBC announced the commissioning of a number of new dramas, including this show. The press release at the time stated

    Anthony And Cleopatra, 6×60 series, written by Sally Wainwright and made by Red Production Company

    New series for BBC One about love and second chances, set in the autumn years of two old school friends. Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, unexpectedly fall for each other when they meet again after nearly 50 years. Their relationship is a celebratory tale of the uplifting power of love at any age. But this is also a story about family, and about history. Both Alan and Celia have families, and with family comes baggage.

    One cast member made Nicola’s involvement in this show public when he tweeted about this in mid December 2011. However, shortly after he tweeted this, he deleted the tweet immediately when he realized that the casting news has not yet been made official. This cast member is also appearing in another TV project in 2012 with Nicola.

    On 3 January 2012, @SophieB_ noticed that Nicola’s Spotlight page has been updated to include news of Nicola’s casting as “Gillian” in this show. Thanks to others on Twitter, we now also know that Euros Lyn is the Director for this show. (You can access Euros’s own website HERE.) Both Euros Lyn and Sally Wainwright have had impressive credits in the past, so we await this show with keen interest. It is curious that Nicola’s Spotlight page has not yet been updated to include her appearance in New Tricks/Old School Ties even though we know, again, via Twitter, that she has already completed filming of her guest role back in December 2011.

    There have been other tweets about a read through for a 6 part drama which started today (4th January 2012) in Manchester, from other would-be cast members (though this time not the abovementioned cast member). These actors seem to be all to happy to hint about their involvement and yet when pressed further, they clam up and give some lame excuse like, “Sorry everyone. I’m not allowed to say owt until it’s been announced to the world :(“. In that case, why tweet about the great cast, brilliant scripts and fantastic read throughs in the first place? This is most frustrating for fans. Press officers ought to know by now that Twitter leaks news faster than any other medium!

    Filming of Antony and Cleopatra will take place in Yorkshire and Manchester between January and March 2012. An air date has not yet been announced. We have no idea as to why the show has the same title as the Shakespeare play, since the subject matter of the two plays bear no resemblance to each other. Perhaps those Nicola fans who are also Shakespeare scholars can hazard a guess as to why the script writer chose this particular title for her show.

    You can access the production company’s website HERE. This site does not appear to have been updated since November 2011.

    Why was the show named “Antony & Cleopatra?

    There has been no official explanation, but perhaps this entry from On the Box’s 10 TV Shows to Look Out For in 2012 gives a clue :

    A bit of gentle BBC drama which tells the story of two old school friends who meet after 50 years of family life and fall in luuurve. The two widowed 70-year-olds (not called Anthony or Cleopatra), have a whole load of baggage to bring to the relationship which promises to make this a realistic and unique approach to the usual TV love story plot. Written by Sally Wainwright, who penned the popular Unforgiven for ITV earlier this year, the drama will feature as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare season which will see several of the bard’s plays remade for your televisual viewing pleasure.

    Update : 11 January 2012

    We’ve found out who have been cast as the two leads of this show. Derek Jacobi will play “Antony” and Anne Reid will play “Cleopatra”. We found this information in a CV (stumbled across online) of one of the crew (not cast) members on the show. Neither the production company nor the BBC has yet made any formal announcement of the cast list, but if this new info is correct, then we think its brilliant and inspired casting. All of the supporting cast (i.e. the children and the baggage) will have to work hard to keep up with these two strong veterans of stage and screen.

    Coincidentally, Shepherd Management announced today that Dean Andrews will be joining Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid in this project. Another actor known to have been cast is Tony Gardner.

    @IanWylie just tweeted that Nicola has been confirmed to play Derek Jacobi’s daughter, Gillian, in this drama. Another cast member mentioned in Ian’s tweet is Sarah Lancashire. Thanks to Ian, you can read the BBC press release HERE. (Between last May and today, the BBC appeared to have decided to drop the “h” in “Antony”.)

    Nicola to play the mother of a teenage son? That’s about as far away from “Ruth Evershed” as you can get. YES!

    @IanWylie then tweeted

    Spoke to Antony and Cleopatra writer Sally W last week. Much of it is about Nicola Walker and Sarah Lancashire’s characters

    I guess that means we can expect a more detailed write-up from Ian, closer to the air date when the embargo on interviews and publicity is lifted.

    Family Chart

    Here’s a family chart we’ve compiled, showing you the relationships between the various characters. As we receive more casting news, we will update this chart to include additional characters. (click on the image to view a larger pic)

    For more info, updates and photos, please turn to the next page.

    Update : 12 January 2012

    Tony Gardner has shared this pic on Twitter of the two young actors who will be playing sons on this show.

    The young man on the right, Josh Bolt, 17, will be playing Nicola’s character’s son.*
    See comments on this pic from Liz below. Thanks, Liz.