What fantastic drama it is too. The whole third episode of Jimmy McGovern’s latest series builds towards a dramatic showdown between Sean Bean and Robert. Sean Bean plays Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest whose parish is a small town in northern England. Each of the six episodes follows Kerrigan’s attempts to serve members of […]
My mother told me at Christmastime that she no longer believes in ‘God’. This hardly singles her out in any meaningful way. Few people I know hold religious beliefs, and out of those who do, their convictions hardly run deep. My mum, though, had been a lifelong Christian with a gentle faith that had given […]
There is nothing good to be said about being cripplingly awkward in social situations. I’m always sad to see a shy child. “You have big problems ahead,” I always think to myself. I should know. My problem is I tend to overthink everything, and in my determination to not say anything out of turn, to […]
110 minutes of film on one camera non-stop. I didn’t believe it till I turned up and started rehearsing. I’ve never rehearsed a movie before. No. You learn the lines, walk onto the set, mutter through a couple of times and shoot the scene; that’s how movies work, don’t they?
My mother’s father, save for being an ancestor, played scant part in my life. Twice, thirty years apart, we met. The third time, if you count it (I don’t) was his funeral. I had nothing against my maternal grandfather. How could I? I didn’t know him. Funny to explain, though, and account for his absence […]
It used to be the case that only the religious embraced ideology in the teeth of reality, and in spite of the antisocial consequences of their beliefs and actions. Now both sides of the political spectrum are putting feelings ahead of facts. We’ve learnt to live with the knowledge that the more literally-minded religionists assume […]
Never meet your heroes, they say. Sometimes, this is pure baloney. I met Tom Baker when the grand old raconteur was in an effervescent mood and got him talking Dickens, god and his time as a monk. Surreal. Wonderful. I met Roger Moore and found him courteous, and with a lot of time for all […]
Manfred von Richthofen stars in the world première of our play (called The Red Baron). It’s about to open – did you know this WW1 hero and great aerial killer, had a change of mind?
Well, it’s been an interesting few weeks, hasn’t it? If the bad-tempered referendum on the UK’s place in the EU has taught us anything, it’s been that young-middle-aged people like myself have lived through politically stable times, and we’re used to getting things our own way: hence the shock of the result, and the petulant […]
When exactly was it that television drama suffered its existential crisis and decided it wasn’t, after all, theatre for the masses, but film on a smaller screen and scale? The produce of the dawn of television drama in the 1950s was primitive compared to what we’re used to now. Productions had few sets, and there […]