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The Young Visiters
                                                       Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
Jim Broadbent and Hugh Laurie star as Alfred
Salteena and Lord Bernard Clark, the two               One of the BBC’s most popular dramas of 2002 is
gentlemen competing for the favours of young minx      back for another series as the magnificent seven
Ethel Monticue (Lyndsey Marshal) in Patrick            head to the Caribbean island of Cuba.
Barlow’s adaptation of Daisy Ashford’s much-loved
comic Victorian novel, The Young Visiters (sic),
written when she was nine years old.

                                                       Family Business

                                                       Award-winning writer Tony Grounds’s Family
Carrie’s War                                           Business (working title) is a fresh, frank and vibrant
                                                       new drama series, for BBC One which puts the
Adapted from the children’s classic by Nina            modern suburban family under the microscope
Bawden, Carrie’s War tells the story of 13-year-old    until the cracks begin to show.
Carrie, evacuated to Wales from war-torn London.

                                                       The Deputy
                                                       Warren Clarke plays fictional deputy Prime
An action-packed blend of humour and intrigue,         Minister and Birmingham MP, Bob Galway. A funny,
which follows the fortunes of a group of expert        wry, fast-paced and sexy drama which explores
con artists let loose on the streets of London.        Galway’s life and work in the House of Commons
Their first rule of law is: “You can’t con an honest   and his constituency.
man”. Hustle stars Adrian Lester and Marc Warren
and is written by EastEnders storyline consultant
Tony Jordan.

                                                       He Knew He Was Right

                                                       A dark and edgy portrait of a marriage in trouble
In Denial Of Murder                                    adapted by Andrew Davies from Anthony Trollope’s
                                                       take on Othello. Stars hot new talent Oliver
A two-part drama based on the controversial case       Dimsdale and Laura Fraser, with a strong support
of Stephen Downing and the Bakewell cemetery           cast including Bill Nighy, Geraldine James, Geoffrey
murder. In Denial Of Murder, starring Stephen          Palmer, Anna Massey, Ron Cook and Patsy Palmer,
Tompkinson, Jason Watkins and Caroline Katz,           making her period drama debut.
explores the murder of Wendy Sewell in a
cemetery in Bakewell in 1973, and the controversy
surrounding the conviction of Stephen Downing,
who was found guilty of her murder and given a life
sentence in 1974.

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                                                                                                                               Holy Cross

Holy Cross

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   ..................................................                                                  3
Production notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       ..................................................                                                  5
Cast and production credits . . . . . . . . .              ..................................................                                                  7
Interviews with the cast
   Zara Turner plays Ann McClure . . . . .                 .................................................. 8
   Bronagh Gallagher plays Sarah Norton                      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Holy Cross dispute – background . . . . . .                . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Holy Cross

                      Holy Cross looks behind the
                    headlines of one of Belfast’s most
                            shocking disputes

Holy Cross is a fictional drama set within real        fictional families and provides an insight into
events. It tells the story of two fictional families   the actions and emotions of those involved on
caught up in the headline events of 2001 on the        both sides – an insight which goes beyond the blunt
Ardoyne Road in Belfast. It was there that a dispute   images of hatred and anger shown in the news
arose concerning the rights of schoolgirls from the    reports of the time.”
Catholic Ardoyne area of north Belfast to walk a
few hundred yards through the predominantly            Some of Northern Ireland’s strongest acting talent
Protestant area of Glenbryn to the Holy Cross          – Zara Turner, Bronagh Gallagher, Patrick O’Kane
primary school.                                        and Colum Convey – star in an emotionally
                                                       gripping film which explores the dispute from both
BBC Northern Ireland Head of Drama, Robert             sides.The drama follows the build-up over the
Cooper says: “This was an important story that         summer as tensions rose between the two
attracted world attention. Many of the problems        communities, before exploding into the ugly
and issues facing these communities reflect issues     confrontation that shocked the world.
facing the wider community in Northern Ireland.
This story is about fear, identity, community,         Controller of Drama Commissioning Jane Tranter
territory, trust and enmity in a polarised society     says: “Holy Cross is part of a growing slate of
where politics and community relations have failed.    original, ambitious dramas for BBC One that works
Holy Cross sees the dispute through the eyes of two    alongside our new and established popular dramas.

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Holy Cross attempts to go behind the anger and the
headlines to discover why the people involved in
this particular dispute felt they had to see it
through, no matter what the consequences.With
dramas such as The Lost Prince, Out Of Control and
the forthcoming In Denial Of Murder, we aim to
offer audiences an opportunity to see new
perspectives on historic, social and personal
situations that are relevant to the way we
live now.”

Holy Cross is produced by Jonathan Curling
(Grafters, Amongst Women) and Robert Cooper,
directed by Mark Brozel (Rap At The Door, Mange
Tout) and written by the Northern Irish newcomer
Terry Cafolla.The executive producers are Robert
Cooper for BBC Northern Ireland and Mary
Callery for RTE. It is a BBC Northern Ireland
production in association with RTE.

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                                                                        Production notes

                                      Production notes

Shocking images of distraught and terrified children,   pressures and tensions that spilled out onto the
surrounded by police with riot shields, with angry      street and get closer to recognising that the people
crowds hurling abuse at them as they tried to walk      involved are just that – people – and not monsters
up the road to Holy Cross Primary School in             or demons.
Belfast, dominated the news in September 2001. As
the story rapidly snowballed, more and more             “One of the reasons that people can be frightened
reporters swelled the numbers on the streets and        of a film like this is because they are worried that
pictures of the appalling scenes were flashed           the road to understanding leads to condoning what
around the world until the events of September 11       they regard as appalling behaviour but it’s only
knocked them abruptly from the news agenda.             through understanding that we can make sense of
                                                        the world we live in. Once you demonise or
Holy Cross attempts to look behind those headlines      dehumanise people then it becomes all right to
and news images to give an insight into the             push them aside. And that’s the kind of sentiment
emotions, motivations and actions of those involved.    that takes you onto a line to scream at five-year-old
                                                        girls.What this film shows is the cost of
Executive producer Robert Cooper explains:              demonisation. It’s relevant to any situation in the
“Obviously, it’s a very sensitive subject and we were   world where there is acute conflict.”
clear from the outset that what we didn’t want to
do was make a drama which simply re-enacted the         Holy Cross paints a picture of two ordinary families
horrors.We felt very strongly that it wasn’t worth      who live back-to-back but whose lives are led on
doing unless we could provide some insight into         opposite sides of an insurmountable divide.The
why people acted in the way they did and what it        story is told through the eyes of two young girls
was like to be in that situation, faced with those      who, in any other town, could be good friends. But
incredibly difficult and extraordinary decisions.We     because of the situation in Ardoyne and Glenbryn
wanted to ask the questions: ‘Why would you go          they don’t even know each other’s names.
and stand on a line and scream abuse at children?’;
and ‘Why would you, as a parent, choose to take         On one side of the interface lives Siobhan (Emma
your children through that abuse?’”                     Whyte), a pupil at Holy Cross, with her younger
                                                        sister Aoife (Lauren McDonald), mother Ann (Zara
Reports at the time repeatedly used the phrase          Turner), father Gerry (Colum Convey) and older
“the naked face of sectarian hatred” to describe        brother Tony (Henry Deazley). On the other side is
what was happening. But director Mark Brozel            Karen (Louise Doran) who attends the Protestant
believes that this enabled those outside the conflict   Wheatfield Primary School, opposite Holy Cross.
to distance themselves from it, because it ignored      She lives with her mother, Sarah (Bronagh
the fact that many people caught up in the dispute      Gallagher), and uncle Peter (Patrick O’Kane).
were not sectarian. “News tends to tell stories in a
very black and white way. On one level, it’s great      Holy Cross takes as its starting point an incident
because it tells us what is happening but, day-in,      over a flagpole outside the Holy Cross school in
day-out, it also desensitises us to the pain and        June 2001 which is acknowledged by both sides as
experiences of the individuals involved.What a          the spark for the dispute.The drama includes actual
drama like Holy Cross can do is give people a really    news footage from the time and shows the effects
strong emotional connection with what people            of the ensuing violence on both families as tension
actually go through.                                    builds over the summer and a crisis is reached
                                                        when the children go back to school. Siobhan and
“We weren’t in any way trying to justify the abuse      Aoife face the terror of walking through the lines
that was heaped on those young school-girls,”           of angry Glenbryn residents, and see their father’s
continues Brozel. “But we wanted to show the            life threatened. At home, they witness the collapse

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                                                                          Production notes

                                                       and all research was undertaken in the strictest
                                                       of confidence.

                                                       Spending time with families from both sides of the
                                                       interface, Brozel gained more understanding of how
                                                       people can become locked into their own version
                                                       of events.“I found my sympathies being turned on
                                                       and off like a light – spending time with one family
                                                       you see the world from their point of view and
                                                       then when you go to the other side you feel it from
                                                       their perspective. So, if I find it difficult to rationalise
                                                       what’s going on, how much more difficult must it be
                                                       for people who are caught up in it?”

                                                       Cooper was profoundly affected by the level of fear
                                                       in which people on both sides live their lives. He
                                                       explains: “We wanted to put across to a wide
                                                       audience what it is like to live your life in fear: fear
                                                       that events outside could threaten you in your own
of their parents’ marriage, and of the relationship
                                                       home; that your windows could be broken; that
between their father and older brother. Karen, for
                                                       your house could be targeted; that a riot outside
her part, watches in horror and shame as first her
                                                       could spill over into your sitting room.What does
uncle then her mother are drawn into the protest.
                                                       that do to your head if it happens, night after night?
                                                       How does that make you feel about the people
The script was based on exhaustive research.
                                                       across the other side of the divide? Does it help us
Writer Terry Cafolla suggests: “There are almost
                                                       understand why people end up doing things that
always two truths where this dispute is concerned,
                                                       are beyond the comprehension of outsiders?”
as people from either side of the community are so
embedded in their beliefs that their version of
                                                       Curling concludes: “Holy Cross takes the child’s view
events becomes the truth. Many incidents are claim
                                                       of parents caught up in a terrible cycle of hatred
and counterclaim with no other witnesses.The
                                                       and violence. It’s about the tragedy of young kids
events happened because there are two
                                                       born into sectarianism and what they suffer as a
communities with very different points of view and
                                                       consequence.They are innocent enough still to see
each side is unwilling to acknowledge the other’s
                                                       it for what it really is.”
viewpoint. Feelings run so deeply on both sides, it
was inevitable that, when the trigger point was
                                                       Holy Cross is the latest in a line of powerful dramas
reached, the results would be explosive, and that is
                                                       from BBC Northern Ireland’s drama department
what we have tried to show.”
                                                       which reflect life in Northern Ireland. From Pulling
                                                       Moves, Pearse Elliott’s 10-part series set in West
Many residents on both sides of the divide had
                                                       Belfast which will be screened on BBC Three early
been left with a lasting suspicion of the media and
                                                       next year and Gary Mitchell's recently screened As
were initially reluctant to talk to the programme-
                                                       The Beast Sleeps, through popular series work by
makers. “The main difficulty was to try and
                                                       acclaimed Northern Irish and Irish writers such as
convince the people involved that we were trying
                                                       Stewart Parker,William Trevor, Anne Devlin, Frank
to be true to the stories and not coming to it with
                                                       McGuinness, Ali White, Colin Bateman and Ronan
an agenda, and in Northern Ireland that’s very
                                                       Bennett, to the Billy plays by Graham Reid in the
hard,” explains producer Jonathan Curling. “Many
                                                       late Seventies. Other recent highlights from BBCNI
people are still bitter about how they were
                                                       include Messiah, Sinners, Murphy’s Law (with Tiger
represented at the time and, in many ways, the
                                                       Aspect) and the soon-to-be screened Gunpowder,
media became part of the problem during the
                                                       Treason And Plot (with Box TV) by Jimmy McGovern.
dispute.” Notwithstanding, the team spoke to many
individuals and groups on both sides of the divide

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                                                             Cast and production

                                     Cast list

                            Ann McClure ............ Zara Turner
                           Sarah Norton ............ Bronagh Gallagher
                          Gerry McClure ............ Colum Convey
                            Peter Norton ............ Patrick O’ Kane
                           Karen Norton ............ Louise Doran
                        Siobhan McClure ............ Emma Whyte
                           Aoife McClure ............ Lauren McDonald
                           Tony McClure ............ Henry Deazley
                                     Roy ............ Fergal McElherron

                         Production credits

                                Producer ............ Robert Cooper and Jonathan Curling
                                Director ............ Mark Brozel
                                  Writer ............ Terry Cafolla
                      Executive Producer ............ Robert Cooper
             Executive Producer for RTE ............ Mary Callery
                Director of Photography ............ Kevin Rowley
                    Production Designer ............ Jon Henson
                      Costume Designer ............ Inez Nordell and Andrew Cox
                       Make-Up Designer ............ Nadia El-Saffar
                                   Editor ............ Colin Goudie
                            Script Editor ............ Amanda Verlaque
                              Composer ............ Dominic Muldowny
               Casting Director – Adults ............ Gary Davy and Danielle Roffe
             Casting Director – Children ............ Dorothy MacGabhann
                    Production Executive ............ Jennifer McAufield
                     Associate Producer ............ Colin McKeown
                           Line Producer ............ Susan Dunn
                              Researcher ............ Una Murphy
                 Development Executive ............ Stephen Wright

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                                                                              Cast interviews

                            Zara Turner is Ann McClure

As a mother herself, Zara Turner found it easy to         and Lauren playing my daughters, Siobhan and
relate to her character, Ann McClure, and her             Aoife. Both of them were outstanding, and Henry,
struggle to do the right thing by her children in the     who plays my son, was great.”
nightmare scenario in which she finds herself. “I feel
for her immensely,” she says. “The situation is so        Ann is married to Gerry, played by Colum Convey.
much bigger than anything she can control.”               When the dispute starts, Gerry is adamant that his
                                                          children must not be forced to go to school via the
In Holy Cross,Turner plays Ann, a Catholic mother         back entrance. Ann, however, is faced with a
who is struggling with the day-to-day life of living in   dilemma as she has to choose between her
the Ardoyne. She is desperate to protect her two          principles and her instinct to protect her girls from
young daughters from the horrors of the protest           the violence and trauma that walking down the
and, at the same time, to try and steer her teenage       Ardoyne Road will bring.
son away from trouble.
                                                          “Ann is just a mum who’s under the usual ‘mum
For the Belfast-born actress, Holy Cross was a            stress’, with the added pressure of where they live,”
subject that she felt needed to be talked about and       says Turner. “They live right on the peace divide, but
there was no question about taking the part.              this situation brings a whole new level of fear and
“Things that strike you so deeply don’t come along        horror. It brings a terrible dilemma for her. She
very often, so it was great to do this,” she says. “I     knows, morally, ethically and politically, what she
hope it will give people outside these communities        would like to do: not to give in to people who are
more of an insight than they had before. I just felt it   trying to bully her children. But that would mean
was a really important drama and important to do          making her children go through something that she
it as truthfully as possible.                             worries is seriously damaging to them.

“I missed my daughter very much during the days I         “She’s caught between a rock and a hard place and
was away filming but it was brilliant to have Emma        it obviously brings up conflict with her husband

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                                                        Cast interviews

because he feels very strongly that they must walk
up the Road. Ann’s not a very political person. She’s
more concerned with bringing up her family and
trying to steer them through very difficult times.”

Turner acknowledges that the subject matter is still
sensitive and events are fresh in people’s minds. But
she points out that it offers audiences an
opportunity to consider a new perspective on the
social and personal situations that people in
Ardoyne and Glenbryn have had to deal with.

“I think it’s a very delicate thing to deal with
because you’re talking about people who are still
living in those situations,” she says. “When it was
actually happening, you saw two or three minutes
of the horror on the news and this film tries to
look at what was going on behind those pictures.”

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                                                                               Cast interviews

                    Bronagh Gallagher is Sarah Norton

Bronagh Gallagher is one of Ireland’s most high-           political situation. But sectarianism is about fear –
profile actresses, best known for her starring role        fear of the unknown, fear of what is different – and
as Bernie in Alan Parker’s The Commitments.                that can very quickly turn to hatred.
Gallagher has appeared in Hollywood hits such as
Pulp Fiction and Thunderpants but she admits the           “The sectarianism between these communities has
projects she is really drawn to are the ones about         existed for centuries with each religion fighting for
issues closer to home. Last year, she starred in BBC       their territory and right to the land. But, when it
Northern Ireland’s production for BBC One,                 comes to the physical and mental abuse of children,
Sinners, which looked at the plight of young girls         that surely has to come to an end. People have to
with illegitimate babies who were sent to the              recognise that they need to move forward and let
infamous laundries run by the Catholic Church. In          the healing begin. If there is to be peace in
Holy Cross, she plays Sarah, a Protestant mother           Northern Ireland, it has to be for everybody and
living back-to-back with her Catholic neighbours,          every part of the community.”
who joins the protestors on the Ardoyne Road.
                                                           For Gallagher, Holy Cross is a reflection of the wider
Although Gallagher grew up a Catholic in what she          problems affecting Northern Ireland. “This film is
describes as “a very aggressive, army-controlled           about the fear of lack of identity. Because of the
environment,” the Derry-born actress has no                system and the political infrastructure of Northern
qualms about playing a Protestant mother in Holy           Ireland, people’s identity has been challenged –
Cross. “It’s not an issue for me that I’m playing a        what we stand for, what we represent.
Loyalist,” she says, “it is as important to tell another
story as my own.”                                          “In Northern Ireland, the Nationalist population has
                                                           grown a lot in the last few years and the structure of
Like most people, Gallagher was shocked by the             Northern Ireland has changed.What was once a
images broadcast from Belfast at the time. “There          predominantly Protestant state has changed.
was no lower to go,” she says. “I think it’s very hard     Nationalists have power. In the past, the Protestant
to understand if you don’t know the history of the         community was favoured as regards work, as

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                                                        Cast interviews

regards votes, as regards housing – it’s not that way
anymore and people are scared.”

Sarah is a single mother living with her daughter
on the front line of the divide and, like many, she
lives her life in fear. Although she wants to get a
‘peace wall’ she’s not a sectarian and has tried to
bring up her daughter, Karen, to respect her
Catholic neighbours.

Before filming began, Gallagher visited Glenbryn
and Ardoyne with a friend who knew the area well,
and she was shocked to see the number of houses
that were abandoned.

She says of Sarah: “Not everybody who lives within
the Ardoyne is political and not everybody is
sectarian. But certain groups cause trouble which, a
lot of the time, affects the entire community. Unlike
her neighbour, Dawn, Sarah’s not a bigot but she is
an activist in the sense that she wants to get a wall
so she can feel safe within her home. All around
her, people are moving out and, when Dawn leaves
too, it’s a terrible blow for Sarah. Initially, she’s
against the protest and is keen to try and resolve
things through community meetings. But when her
child, who is the complete focus of her life, is
caught up in the violence, she joins her brother on
the protest lines. However, she’s ashamed because
she knows everything she’s taught her daughter has
been symbolically crushed.”

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                                                                   Holy Cross dispute –


The protest at Holy Cross Primary School appeared         Claim, counterclaim, arguments, attacks, resentment
at first to be a minor impasse in June 2001.              and rioting.There is very little sense of a
However, when a solution couldn’t be found by             functioning peace process at work in this part of
the end of the summer, the situation gained national      North Belfast.
significance and symbolism from September when
the new school term started.The protest became            Tensions have always simmered and erupted
a cause celebre, with scenes of little children going     between Catholics and Protestants on this
to school past a gauntlet of bitter protest providing     interface.The slightest provocation can be the
a grim picture of Northern Ireland throughout             touch paper that ignites more violence. On a June
the world.                                                afternoon in 2001, it was an argument about a flag.

Holy Cross is a Catholic primary school situated in
a Protestant Loyalist area.This area, Glenbryn, is
itself an enclave within the much larger sprawling
Catholic Nationalist Ardoyne. Sectarian interfaces
are prevalent in Belfast, nowhere more so than
here in North Belfast, where during over 30 years
of the Northern Ireland Troubles almost a quarter
of the 3,500 murders occurred.

Interface landmarks often come in the shape of
‘peace’ walls, physically dominating structures that
divide territory and are erected as a preventative
measure against violent attacks on people and
property. In some areas, people believe the walls
need to be extended because attacks on homes on
both sides of the divide are a regular occurrence.
Such was the case on the Ardoyne road in 2001.

The Protestant Glenbryn residents see their
community dying: poor employment prospects,
inadequate housing and security measures,
paramilitaries moving in, people moving out.They
see the Catholic’s numbers rising, bursting at the
seams.They fear that the Nationalists want to drive
them out of – and take over – their homes.

For the Catholic’s part, they too claim they are
constantly attacked, people and property abused on
an almost daily basis. Since the loyalist feud of 2000,
they say the numbers of attacks have increased in
hand with a UDA paramilitary presence.The
Catholics claim that they have never wanted to
take over the Glenbryn houses.

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                                                                                         Charles II – The Power
                                                                                                  & The Passion

Charles II – The Power & The Passion

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Rufus Sewell plays Charles II .            . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Synopses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Accompanying Documentaries:
The Boy Who Would Be King                  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Cromwell – Warts And All . . .             . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Charles II – The Power & The Passion

“Charles II – The Power & The Passion is set in the     “I found the story of Charles II an incredibly
corridors and bedrooms of power, and takes place        colourful, sexy and lively period of history,” says
during a pivotal moment in our history, when the        Hodges. “Huge themes of power, compromise,
conflict between monarch and state is at a              passion and betrayal run strongly through his reign.
crossroads,” says Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of
Drama Commissioning.                                    “It’s a period that feels astonishingly contemporary
                                                        to me, and that’s one of the reasons why I found it
“Charles is charming, devious and manipulative by       so compelling. None of the issues that preoccupied
turns, and he presides over an extended,                him seem distant, and many of them have a
dysfunctional family like a modern patriarch. He has    disturbingly contemporary resonance.”
no one to trust – even his best friend, Buckingham,
betrays him – and his relationship with Parliament      “The return of Charles II restored the Crown in
is stretched to breaking-point. He rules by instinct    1660,” says producer Kate Harwood. “This
and his instinct is to survive.”                        moment was a fulcrum of English history: it was
                                                        the end of a certain kind of monarchy and the
Rufus Sewell stars as the King in this ambitious and    birth of a new one.”
original take on the reign of Charles II.The focus of
Charles II is the King’s Court, his squabbling family   Often known as the “Merry Monarch”, Charles
and his glamorous mistresses – from the high-born       made the most of being King of England. He
and promiscuous Barbara Villiers (Helen McCrory),       surrounded himself with witty courtiers and kept
through folk heroine and sex symbol of the day          many beautiful mistresses.The extravagance of his
Nell Gwynn (Emma Pierson), to the French spy            reign was born of his penniless and powerless years
Louise de Kéroualle (Mélanie Thierry).Written by        in exile after his father’s execution.
award-winning screenwriter Adrian Hodges, whose
credits include David Copperfield and The Lost World,   “Charles lived through the most appalling
the four-part drama penetrates the heart of the         experiences while still barely more than a child. He
charismatic Monarch who was deeply traumatised          lost his father to the executioner, he was very nearly
by the execution of his father by Oliver Cromwell       captured and killed himself, and he was the victim of
in 1649.                                                vicious political intrigue,” continues Hodges.

The cast also includes: Diana Rigg as Henrietta         “It all went to make him a much more complex and
Maria, Charles’s volatile, unforgiving mother; Rupert   fascinating character than the traditional view of
Graves as his closest friend and rival, the Duke of     the witty, womanising monarch. He was those
Buckingham; Martin Freeman as Lord Shaftesbury,         things but he had a much darker side as well. He
one of Charles’s most contentious ministers; Ian        understood the true cost of power and what its
McDiarmid as the elder statesman Sir Edward             pursuit does to people.
Hyde; Charlie Creed-Miles as James, Charles’s
brother; and Alice Patten, who plays the demure         “Charles II was an exceptionally clever man, a
Lady Frances Stewart, the young virgin who              serious thinker, a devious politician, a considerate
manages to escape Charles’s sexual advances.            husband but also a serial adulterer; a man who was

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remarkably tolerant of religious differences – it was   directors. Because Joe had never done a piece like
a frighteningly bigoted age in that respect,” says      this before, he had no preconceptions.We have
Hodges.“It was these contradictions that I found so     something which is beautiful and modern without
fascinating and which make him a hero or an anti-       trying to look modern – a piece which is seeped in
hero, depending on which way you want to look at it.”   detail and looks absolutely stunning.”

On Charles’s triumphant return, he found a nation       Charles II was shot in the Czech Republic on
torn apart by years of bloody civil war and dulled      location and in the studio. Seven weeks of the
by the repressions of a Puritan Regime. For the first   12-week shoot were spent on a huge, 14-room
few years, the glamour of King and Court                composite set, where the design team created the
rejuvenated the nation, but his popularity waned        interior of the Palace of Whitehall.Two further
and the Great Plague of 1665 and the Fire of            weeks were spent on an exterior set, built into the
London in 1666 tore into people’s morale.               ruins of a castle outside Prague, where the streets
                                                        of London were constructed.
“The period is known not just for the sex and
bawdiness, but also for the intrigue of a highly        “We had to build 17th-century London and Whitehall
politicised court, for the vividness of its leading     because it largely doesn’t exist anymore.What we
characters and, importantly, for being a hugely         were trying to do was to create a world that wasn’t
pivotal moment in our nation’s story.We wanted to       entirely naturalistic, but instead was impressionistic,
make a drama out of that history,” says Harwood.        almost like a fairly-tale setting,” says Wright.

“Although I have used the historical background as      “And within this world, what we wanted was
carefully as I can, I am not claiming that this is      somebody who could completely dominate the
exactly how things were,” adds Hodges. “In              screen,” says Harwood. “You should be left in no
reinventing a period of history there are certain       doubt as to who was king. Rufus has that presence.
short cuts that have to be taken, characters lost or    He also has charisma, physical energy and a
changed, chronology adapted.The story is a drama        gentleness which made him perfect as Charles. He
first and foremost. I have taken certain liberties to   is powerfully good looking but sensual, sexy and
make it work because I am a dramatic writer, not        vulnerable with it.”
a historian.”
                                                        “Charles was an extraordinarily charming, good-
Director Joe Wright says: “I wanted to create           humoured and tolerant man, who was one thing to
something that was accessible to everyone and           his women and another to his ministers,” adds
something which had personal, emotional                 Hodges. “He was multi-faceted. Rufus not only
resonances for the audience at whatever age they        looks like him, but has this great ability in his acting
are and wherever they come from.                        to show charm, humour and generosity of spirit. He
                                                        can convey the complexity of the character as well
“To me, the story is about the struggle between         as warmth. He is also very sexy, which is what
being a good and decent man and being a king.We         Charles was,” says Hodges.
see the world through Charles’s eyes and feel his
emotions with him,” continues Wright.“He is not a       Intrigue, sex, politics and power dominate the
heroic character who never does anything wrong, he      drama. Charles II was a ruler with a healthy appetite
is flawed. He’s human and that’s what’s important.”     for beautiful, self-confident women.When the
                                                        uninhibited Barbara Villiers (later Countess of
“Charles II has been directed with real verve, energy   Castlemaine) became Charles’s mistress, she bore
and attack, so that you feel that you’re part of that   him several illegitimate children and used her
Court,” says Laura Mackie, executive producer. “I       sexual power to try to influence and control him.
think Joe is an incredibly emotional director and       She even managed to persuade him to appoint her
that’s why there is this intensity and a sense of       as lady-in-waiting to his bewildered but spirited
being there that you wouldn’t get with some other       wife, Catharine.

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“She is one of the most fabulous characters of this
period,” says Harwood of Barbara Villiers. “Helen
McCrory’s performance is captivating, sexy,
outrageous and brilliant.”

One of the most important women in Charles’s
life, however, was his wife, Catharine of Braganza
(played by Shirley Henderson). She was unable to
provide Charles with a legitimate child who could
be his heir, which devastated them both, but he
chose not to divorce her and seek an heir with a
new wife, though under pressure to do so from
both Parliament and Court.

“One of the slowest-growing relationships is with
Catharine,” says Harwood. “In some ways, by the
time Charles dies, we find that she really was the
love of his life, certainly his closest friend.”

Alongside Adrian Hodges’s four-part drama Charles
II – The Power & The Passion, BBC One is showing
two accompanying documentaries. Cromwell – Warts
And All tells the story of Oliver Cromwell and
uncovers the real reason why he wanted to destroy
Charles I. The Boy Who Would Be King gives an
insight into the early years of Charles II and reveals
the dramatic events that shaped this complex and
contradictory character.

Charles II – The Power & The Passion and the two
accompanying documentaries are part of a range of
programmes this autumn for BBC One which
offers audiences an opportunity to consider new
perspectives on historic, social and personal
situations.They follow Pompeii – The Last Day and
Colosseum – Rome’s Arena Of Death, which were
shown in October.

Directed by Joe Wright (Bodily Harm) and produced
by Kate Harwood, Charles II – The Power & The
Passion is a BBC and A&E Network production for
BBC One.The executive producers are Laura
Mackie (BBC) and Delia Fine (A&E).

BBCi provides an accompanying website at

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                                                                               Cast interview

                        Rufus Sewell plays King Charles II
                                  (King Charles II: b.1630 d.1685)

An hour’s drive from the beautiful city of Prague,       His close-cropped pate faced an even closer
up a dusty, twisting track, lies the 17th-century        shave when he came to portray the Monarch on
castle of Tocnik. Into these ruins part of the set for   his deathbed.
Charles II, BBC One’s lavish new drama serial, has
been built.                                              He explains: “He had a stroke and they shaved his
                                                         head to do a series of grotesque and agonising
The King himself, played by Rufus Sewell who             treatments, so I agreed to have my head shaved
makes an exciting return to BBC Television eight         completely to play the scene.”
years after his appearance in Cold Comfort Farm, is
seemingly unfazed by the sweltering heat as he           In 1660, Charles returned to England to reclaim the
strides around the hillside ramparts in his blood-       throne, entering London on his 30th birthday, 29
red velvet and ermine robes, a jewelled crown and        May. He would become the last English king ever to
wig of long, dark curls.                                 try to rule without Parliament. Sewell, 36, hopes his
                                                         portrayal of the charismatic sovereign, who reigned
Sewell’s role as the traumatised, exiled son of          until 1685, shows the man in all his contradictions.
Charles I, beheaded under Cromwell’s austere
regime, meant a welcome return to the Czech              “Over four hours you have a chance to show a
Republic for the handsome star. Sewell filmed            very developed portrait of someone. Charles II was
A Knight’s Tale in 2001 in Prague.                       many conflicting things. He was a weak man and he
                                                         was a strong man; he was sentimental and he was
“I was wearing black metal armour and was sitting        tough; he was good and he was bad; he was quite
on a horse in 110 degrees,” he declares. “At least       moral and he was a naughty old bugger,” he adds
playing Charles I can take the wig off when it gets      with a grin. “So he was very complicated in the way
too hot – that’s what they did in those days and         that normal human beings are.You get a chance to
that’s why their own hair was cut very short.”           see all of it in this drama, whereas in films often

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                                                                                  Cast interview

everything is cut down and people tend to be               The actor, who has also starred on the big screen
reduced to their simplest element.                         in Dangerous Beauty, Bless The Child with Kim
                                                           Basinger and the recent action thriller Extreme Ops,
“People know certain things about historical               hopes viewers will like his character.
figures,” the actor continues. “And what they know
about Charles II is orange-selling Nell Gwynn and          “Like any person, if you watch them across their
spaniels. In fact, we’ve avoided having spaniels           whole life, they do some bad things – they make
coming out of our ears – there’s just the odd one.”        mistakes. He messes it up a few times, especially
                                                           with women because he’s useless at standing up to
The overwhelming majority of the 17th-century              them.All a woman has to do is cry and he goes,
population took the newly restored Stuart King to          ‘Okay, you can have what you like,’ which often
their hearts.                                              proved disastrous and is dangerous in a king.This is
                                                           particularly true when Barbara Castlemaine [the
“The people liked him because he generally had             King’s glamorous, manipulative mistress, played by
what they call the common touch,” explains Rufus.          Helen McCrory] squirts out a few tears; he’s
“I think that’s because, when he was young and in          absolutely helpless. People will certainly occasionally
hiding, he spent a lot of time with ordinary people        think he’s daft but, hopefully, they’ll see he was a
and was forced to depend on them to survive. He            good man as well.You see both sides of him.”
had to pose as one of the servants as they travelled
around the country trying to escape Cromwell’s             Sewell believes that Charles II stands out in the
soldiers. He would ask people, ‘What do you think          period drama genre.
of the King?’ It’s an extraordinary thing for a king
to do and the amazing thing is he managed not to           “It is a fantastic story and it is very different
stick out like a sore thumb.                               because it isn’t one of the great novels but is
                                                           written from history. It’s about a fantastic, vivid
“I think that experience stayed with him, especially       period of time that was very decadent – almost like
in how he treated Catholics, because he was                the Sixties.They drank heavily and there was a
looked after by Catholics and was very sympathetic         sexual revolution. Because the old Puritans had just
to them. He had a good manner with people, he              been booted out, there was an enormous
listened – and of course he occasionally shagged           explosion of freedom – artistic freedom, musical
them as well!” laughs the green-eyed Middlemarch           freedom and sexual freedom, particularly at Court.
star, who was so memorable as George Eliot’s hero,
Will Ladislaw, in the award-winning BBC series.            “And through all the great events of the time, like
                                                           the Plague and the Great Fire of London, you have
In a new era of post-Puritan freedom, women made           this man battling to hold on to his crown. Adrian
themselves readily available to Charles and, over his      Hodges has drawn an extraordinary portrait of an
lifetime, he fathered at least 13 illegitimate children.   epoch and of a man.”

“Well, he was a king,” says an amused Sewell, who          Working often 12-hour days and six-day weeks for
is best known for his roles in Cold Comfort Farm,          three months meant that Sewell had very little time
Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel And Laurence and A              to step out of character.
Knight’s Tale. “Being king at that time was like being
king, prime minister and the most famous film star         “It’s not that you actually become someone else,
in the world rolled into one. And if you can’t pull        but you get comfortable in the skin. And the feeling
with that combination …”                                   of being Charles settled on me after the first
                                                           couple of weeks and it never really went away, and
The hedonistic Charles never really settled down           that’s such a luxury. I felt very, very comfortable as
with one woman but he was a generous lover and             Charles and that’s a lot to do with how immersed
remained friends with most of his mistresses.              I was in the part.”

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                                                         Cast interview

Rufus plays a physical sovereign and viewers will
see him fencing his agile way across the small
screen. “But I can’t really fence,” he confesses
modestly. “It’s the magic of rehearsal and cameras.
At drama school I did a little fencing and lots of
jobs required it, so I’ve done bits and bobs before
but, basically, you learn whatever is necessary for
when the cameras are on. But complete the
sequence and if someone were to say, ‘All right,
carry on,’ you’d be crap!”

Rufus studied at London’s Central School of Speech
and Drama, where he won the Best Newcomer
Award for his London stage debut in Making It
Better. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for
his role in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and won the
Broadway Theatre World Award for Translations.

He is currently filming Tristan And Isolde, directed
by Kevin Reynolds, in which he plays Lord Mark,
first in the west of Ireland, then ironically back
in Prague.

Sewell was born in Twickenham to Welsh mother Jo
and Australian animator father Bill, who worked on
Yellow Submarine. His father died when he was 10
and he has an older brother, Caspar.

If he hadn’t become an actor, he thinks he would
have pursued the musical career he began with his
brother, playing drums in teen bands, but the magic
of film weaved its spell when he was a child.

He recalls: “It wasn’t like a thunderbolt, but I
remember being very young and watching Charles
Laughton in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and
thinking, ‘I could do that’. I remember him in the
rafters and seeing the little child inside him, behind
his eyes; this little creature stuck in this horrible
body. I thought that was interesting, the fact that
you could see his soul.

I also remember trying to work out why I liked
Anthony Hopkins and Marlon Brando.There was
something about them – the fact that you could
see something different in their eyes than their face
was trying to tell you – that maybe there were two
different stories going on, like real people.”

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Episode One                                              of the devout and mousy Catharine from Portugal,
                                                         and she insists on being chief among the ladies-in-
                                                         waiting. Barbara has her own agenda and is
                                                         prepared to stoop to any level to achieve her ends.

                                                         Episode Two

                                                         With no sign of a Royal pregnancy, the succession
                                                         is a thorny issue. Charles’s impetuous brother and
                                                         heir to the Throne, James, Duke of York,
                                                         complicates matters with his conversion to
                                                         Catholicism.With the prospect of a Catholic King
                                                         an anathema to the Protestant English, Barbara is
                                                         busy priming Charles’s eldest son, Monmouth, for
                                                         greatness: he might be a bastard, but he’s a
                                                         Protestant bastard.

                                                         When Catharine becomes pregnant, Barbara’s
                                                         scheming seems to have been for nothing but,
                                                         tragically, the Queen miscarries.With the lack of a
                                                         viable Protestant heir to the Throne, Charles is
                                                         under pressure to divorce Catharine and remarry.
                                                         The beautiful Lady Frances Stewart is groomed by
                                                         Barbara as a potential future Queen but, just when
Penniless and powerless, after nearly a decade in        Charles seems tempted to propose, she elopes and
exile from Republican England, Charles II’s oldest       flees the Court.
and dearest friend, the Duke of Buckingham,
abandons him and returns home to make his peace
with Cromwell. But when loyal minister Sir Edward        Episode Three
Hyde brings news of Cromwell’s sudden death, the
prospect of Charles regaining the Crown seems
within his grasp.

General Monck picks up on the nation’s growing
discontent and persuades Parliament to invite
Charles Stuart back to take up his Throne. Charles
makes his triumphant ride into London on his 30th
birthday, following another victory with the long-
anticipated seduction of the beautiful and tantalising
Barbara Villiers.

With the virile Charles spawning illegitimate
children, the need for a Queen and an heir
becomes paramount. Barbara is confident enough           As fire blazes through London, destroying whole
of her charms not to be threatened by the arrival        swathes of the city, Charles and James fight valiantly

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to contain it. Many see the fire as God’s judgement
on Charles and his licentious Court and, as
awareness of Barbara’s depravity grows, the
Monarch’s popularity wanes. But Barbara is about
to be eclipsed in Charles’s heart as he falls under
the spell of sparky, streetwise actress Nell Gwynn.

Minette, Charles’s beloved little sister, is sent from
France as Louis XIV’s envoy.The endless wrangling
with Parliament makes Charles desperate to
appropriate money from another source, and
France is prepared to grant him a subsidy in return
for support against the Dutch. Charles also
negotiates a second, covert treaty, whereby the
French King will provide unlimited funds, should he
convert to Catholicism.

Minette, having concealed a debilitating sickness
from her cherished brother, dies on return to
France. Charles is devastated by her death.
Comfort comes from Louise de Kéroualle,
Minette’s beautiful lady-in-waiting who, alongside
Nell, becomes another devoted Royal mistress.

Under pressure to enforce the Test Act, Charles
avenges his frustration by sacking Lord Shaftesbury
from the Privy Council. Shaftesbury quickly enlists
Buckingham in the Protestant cause and plans to
champion Monmouth over James as heir to the              Charles lives out the final years of his reign in
throne. Charles seems vulnerable on all fronts           relative peace, yet he is profoundly conscious of the
when news of a plot to murder him is revealed.           chaos that will ensue after his death. In a prescient
                                                         moment, he advises William of Orange to prepare
                                                         himself; both Monmouth and James will try and fail
Episode Four                                             to rule England. In a final, ironic gesture, Charles
                                                         repays Catharine for her devotion by converting to
The trail leads to the squalid but charismatic Titus     Catholicism on his deathbed.
Oates, whose accusations take in every eminent
Catholic, including James and Queen Catharine
herself. In the atmosphere of panic, a witch-hunt
ensues and Charles is powerless to save the many
innocent people whose lives are blighted by Oates’s
lies. Charles’s position is further weakened when
Parliament obtains letters alluding to the treaties
with France.

As Shaftesbury pushes for the exclusion of James as
Charles’s heir, Charles responds by sending
Monmouth, the Protestant candidate, abroad.
Charles dissolves Parliament to rule as an absolute
Monarch and asserts James’s right to the Throne,
exiling Monmouth permanently.

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                            Accompanying Documentaries

The Boy Who Would Be King                           Queen Henrietta Maria, was ashamed of his dark
                                                    and swarthy appearance. He was born into a nation
Contact: Naomi Luland, 020 8752 6499
                                                    divided – religious fervour and political tension had
                                                    escalated into a stand-off between Parliament and a
                                                    Monarch, his father, who insisted on the divine right
                                                    of Kings.

                                                    As the brutal and bloody English Civil War began to
                                                    rage, the young Charles was forced to grow up fast:
                                                    at the age of 14 he was appointed head of the
                                                    King’s forces in the West Country. By the age of 15,
                                                    he was exiled to France and developed a taste for
                                                    the hedonistic vices of gambling and sex.

                                                    The documentary looks behind Charles’s
                                                    reputation as a scandalous womaniser. His love life
                                                    was legendary; he had 12 mistresses who bore him
                                                    more than 13 illegitimate children. Among his
                                                    mistresses was his former wet-nurse, Cristabella
                                                    Wyndham, who seduced him at the tender age of
                                                    14. Many historians believe he secretly married one
                                                    mistress – Lucy Walter, a beautiful but dissolute
                                                    Welsh girl – and that their son, the future Duke of
                                                    Monmouth, was the legitimate heir to the Throne.

                                                    After his father was beheaded on the orders of
                                                    Oliver Cromwell, Charles was forced to flee for his
                                                    life, and spent six dangerous, uncomfortable weeks
                                                    as a fugitive. He was rescued by an underground
Coinciding with Adrian Hodges’s four-part drama,
                                                    network of brave Catholic families, including the
The Boy Who Would Be King is an adventure-packed
                                                    Penderils. The Boy Who Would Be King talks to their
documentary which reveals the events that shaped
                                                    living descendants, including Michael Palin, about the
Charles II’s complex and contradictory character.
                                                    exciting story of Charles’s escape.
He was by turns charming, sex-obsessed,
unprincipled, courageous and a brilliant            For the first time, Palin visits his ancestor’s home,
political strategist.                               Moseley Hall, to experience for himself the
                                                    inhospitable places where the future King hid as a
The Boy Who Would Be King combines compelling       fugitive – a small priest-hole and an unlikely resting
dramatised scenes and a narrative from leading      place in an oak tree.
expert historians, including Lady Antonia Fraser,
Professor Ronald Hutton, Richard Holmes and         Palin says: “This was a rare chance to do a bit of
Professor John Morrill.                             digging in the family skeleton cupboard and find out
                                                    if an old family story was myth or reality.”
The story begins with Charles’s birth in 1630. He   The producer/director is Nick Rossiter, the
was nicknamed the Black Boy because his mother,     executive producer is Jonathan Stamp.

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Cromwell – Warts And All                             Bristol) share opposing views about Cromwell –
                                                     was he a hero or a villain? Holmes sees Cromwell
Contact: Annie Frederick, 020 8576 1617
                                                     as one of the most important reformers of history
                                                     who sowed the seeds of many of our most-
                                                     cherished democratic principles. Hutton, however,
                                                     believes Cromwell was a Machiavellian politician
                                                     who betrayed his friends and his beliefs.

                                                     Oliver Cromwell, the first man of non-royal blood
                                                     to rule Britain, set in motion many of the ideas
                                                     about monarchy and democracy that became so
                                                     important in later centuries. He was also the first
                                                     leader to write a formal constitution, a principle
                                                     that was copied in America and France in the
                                                     18th century.

                                                     Cromwell – Warts And All is produced and directed
                                                     by Bafta Award-winner Andrew Thompson (The
                                                     Human Body, Horizon, Constant Craving, Timewatch
                                                     and Darien – Disaster In Paradise).

The remarkable story of Oliver Cromwell, from
humble beginnings as an East Anglian cattle farmer
to supreme ruler of England, Scotland and Ireland,
is told in Cromwell – Warts And All.

One of Britain’s most controversial figures, hated
and revered in equal measure, Cromwell started a
popular revolution which turned into the English
Civil War. He abolished Christmas and coined the
phrase “warts and all” (Cromwell had several
prominent warts on his face). He also ordered the
execution of his King, Charles I. Fascinating new
research uncovers the real reason why Cromwell
wanted Charles I dead.

The programme includes reconstructions of key
scenes from Cromwell’s life, with Jim Carter
as Cromwell.

Expert historians Richard Holmes (War Walks and
Great Britons) and Ronald Hutton (University of

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Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   27
Cast and production credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            29
Cast interviews:
   Leslie Ash plays Inspector Charlie Eden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   30
   Mark Womack plays DI Pete Hammond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           31
   Joanna Taylor plays PC Jackie Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 32
   Josie D’Arby plays PC Jodie Finn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              33
   Scot Williams plays PC Glenn Freeman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      34
The rest of the team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       36
Episode synopses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       38


                                 Merseybeat is back on
                                       the beat
                                                        more urban stories, which I feel confident we’ve
                                                        done.The show is still about the people behind the
                                                        uniform but it is more streamlined and tied to
                                                        every-day policing than it used to be.”

                                                        Liverpool, like any other big city, offers a wide
                                                        range of subjects for Merseybeat to delve into.This
                                                        series sees how the team tackles internet abuse,
                                                        when a child goes into an internet chat room and
                                                        meets someone who’s not who they say they are;
                                                        looks after a young boy whose father has left him
                                                        home alone while he has gone off on holiday; and
                                                        reacts to a woman who steals a baby from a
                                                        maternity unit.

                                                        “This series, we’ve tried to find areas that people
                                                        have opinions about, that they care about, things
                                                        that are topical and they can relate to,” explains
                                                        Young. “We all see the headlines but Merseybeat
                                                        gives us the chance to see how the police might
                                                        handle a particular situation.”

                                                        And in the new series viewers meet the CID
                                                        team for the first time, headed up by DI Pete
                                                        Hammond (Mark Womack). Pete is a hard-nosed
The cast of Merseybeat is back on the beat with a       officer who pulls no punches.Through the CID
new series which returns to BBC One in November.        team we are able to see more of the complete
                                                        picture as to how the Newton Park police
This is the fourth series of the popular police         station operates.
drama which, for the first time, has been shot
entirely in Liverpool.                                  Says Murray: “By introducing CID we’ve been able
                                                        to explore whole new areas of storytelling.With
Mal Young, executive producer on Merseybeat and         the creation of a new police station, set right in the
BBC Controller of Continuing Drama Series says:         middle of a living urban community, I think we have
“We’ve always had good characters and good              firmly placed the show in a much stronger and
storylines on Merseybeat but the series was a bit       more contemporary context.We’ve always had a
anonymous because it wasn’t rooted anywhere.            strong ensemble cast but, in this series, they’re
Visually, Liverpool is going to form a very nice        better than ever.”
backdrop but what is up front is still that space to
investigate stories about what it is to be a police     Young expands: “We purposefully didn’t bring CID
officer in a modern-day police force.”                  into the first three series because we wanted the
                                                        pace of the show to concentrate on the uniformed
Chris Murray, series creator and executive              officers and to establish them. Now, by introducing
producer, agrees: “On series four, without losing any   CID, we have the chance to investigate bigger
of the warmth of previous series, we wanted to          crimes: murders, big drug rackets, things that
move the show into Liverpool to tell tougher and        people are really affected by day to day.

Merseybeat                                                                                                    27

“We also found that there was a lot of competition      and viewers get an opportunity to see what it’s like
between the uniform and CID departments and so          to be a police officer, whereas something like The
in the new series, we introduce a new character         Bill is much more about police procedure, and so I
called Glenn Freeman, played by Liverpool-born          definitely think there is room for both.”
actor Scot Williams, who is very ambitious and
wants to be in CID and wear plain clothes.”

Scot is a new addition to the series and Mark
Womack, Gary Cargill,Tupele Dorgu and Claire
Sweeney also join the cast. It is no coincidence that
all five originate from the Liverpool area which is
something that Mal Young felt was vital for the
success of the show.

“I decided that any new characters coming into the
series had to be from Liverpool because I wanted
them to form part of the relocation of the show.
So, we’ve got some new actors who are in big roles
for the first time and it has been great to see them
develop their characters. And alongside them
there’s the recognisable faces of Mark Womack and
Claire Sweeney, who joins the cast towards the end      Check out the Merseybeat website at:
of the series.”                                         www.bbc.co.uk/merseybeat

And many of the old faces will be returning too.
Newly-promoted Superintendent Jim Oulton (John
McArdle) heads up operations at Newton Park,
assisted by Inspector Charlie Eden (Leslie Ash).
They, together with the rest of the regular team of
PC Jackie Brown (Joanna Taylor), PC Jodie Finn
(Josie D’Arby) and PC Larry “Tiger” Barton (Chris
Walker), were struggling to come to terms with the
death of their colleague, Steve Traynor (Jonathan
Kerrigan), in the final episode of the last series.

But life soon becomes even more complicated for
the team as they try to juggle the daily challenges
that their job brings together with the pressures
that they face in their personal lives. Larry is
planning for his wedding; Charlie and Pete have a
secret past which they resolve to keep from the
rest of the team; and Glen reveals what has been
keeping him up all night!

“We probably go home less with the characters in
this series because the stories have become much
bigger and more involving,” says Young. “But we do
see their home lives really come crashing into the
police station. Merseybeat is very character-driven

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                                                                         Cast and
                                                                production credits

                                Cast credits

             Superintendent Jim Oulton ............ John McArdle
                Inspector Charlie Eden ............ Leslie Ash
                     DI Pete Hammond ............ Mark Womack
                    Sergeant Bill Gentle ............ David Hargreaves
                       PC Larry Barton ............ Chris Walker
                       PC Jackie Brown ............ Joanna Taylor
                          PC Jodie Finn ............ Josie D’Arby
                     PC Glenn Freeman ............ Scot Williams
             Cust Sgt Lester Cartwright ............ Gary Cargill
                          Natalie Vance ............ Tupele Dorgu
                           DS Roz Kelly ............ Claire Sweeney (episodes 7-8)

                         Production credits

                               Writers ............ Chris Murray (episodes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 8)
                                       ............ Nick Saltrese (episodes 5 & 7)
                                       ............ Rod Lewis (episode 6)
                             Directors ............ Keith Boak (episodes 1 & 3)
                                       ............ Sven Arnstein (episodes 2 & 4)
                                       ............ Adrian Bean (episodes 5 & 7)
                                       ............ Ian Barnes (episodes 6 & 8)
                         Line Producer ............ Maria Ward
                   Executive Producers ............ Mal Young and Chris Murray
              Directors of Photography ............ Darrell Thornton and Peter Fearon
                  Production Designer ............ David Bowes
                     Make-up Designer ............ Linda Davie

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Leslie Ash plays                                       “I think it’s true to say that none of the characters’
                                                       lives have been the same since,” laughs Ash.
Charlie Eden                                           “Charlie is very career-minded and wants to prove
                                                       several points in what is still very much a man’s
                                                       world. I respect the character very much. She’s
                                                       quite hard but I think she’s had to be.”

                                                       On a personal level, Charlie’s life couldn’t be more
                                                       different to that of Leslie’s. She is happily married
                                                       to ex-Leeds United footballer Lee Chapman and
                                                       they have two sons, Max and Joe. “My family is what
                                                       keeps me going and they’ve supported me through
                                                       some very difficult times over the past couple of
                                                       years. I couldn’t be without them. But Charlie is the
                                                       complete opposite to me, she has actually left men
                                                       standing at the altar and I love that about her.

                                                       “I don’t think that marriage and children is for her
                                                       and she symbolises what a lot of women her age
                                                       are now choosing to do. But if I could give her one
                                                       piece of advice, then I would say that it is okay to
                                                       mix family life with a career; it’s okay to be
                                                       vulnerable and fall in love with someone, you don’t
Charlie Eden
                                                       always have to end up being hurt.”
Rank: Inspector
Marital status: Single – having left four men
                                                       That could prove to be very sound advice as, this
standing at the altar!
                                                       series, romance could be on the cards for Charlie
                                                       when a face from her past walks into her life.
Leslie Ash
                                                       “There’s a new character introduced to Newton
Lives: South London
                                                       Park, DI Pete Hammond (Mark Womack). He and
Studied: Italia Conti School
                                                       Charlie had a romantic history about 15 years ago
Previous credits: Men Behaving Badly,
                                                       but Pete is now married to someone else,” explains
Where The Heart Is
                                                       Ash. “Seeing Pete again really opens up Charlie’s
                                                       vulnerable side and she doesn’t want to admit to
 Did you know?                                         herself that she still cares for him.There is still a
                                                       spark between them which they’re both in denial
 • This isn’t Leslie’s first role as a policewoman –   about, so it makes for some explosive moments
 she previously appeared alongside Jill Gascoigne      between them and complications could result!”
 playing Fred in CATS Eyes.
 • Leslie and her husband, Lee, own several clubs      Pete Hammond is one of the CID team, a new
 and bars, including Teatro in London’s Soho.          addition to Merseybeat. “Introducing CID has had
 • Leslie’s big break came in 1979 when she            big implications to the storylines of Merseybeat,
 starred as temptress Steph in the classic teenage     which has been fantastic.This series will see the
 angst Mod movie Quadrophenia, alongside Phil          team tackle murders and much harder storylines.
 Daniels, Sting and Ray Winstone.                      I had to do my first drugs drop this series, which
                                                       was pretty exciting.”

                                                       Another difference with the new series is that it is
When Inspector Charlie Eden walked into Newton
                                                       now filmed in Liverpool city centre, which is
Park police station at the end of the last series of
                                                       something that Leslie has really enjoyed. “I love
Merseybeat she turned the lives of the officers
                                                       Liverpool and I’ve had some really great
upside down.

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experiences filming in the North. London doesn’t     For Mark Womack, the best thing about landing the
have the monopoly on cool, Liverpool has             part of DI Pete Hammond in the new series of
everything and more.The bars are great and the       Merseybeat is that it has given him the chance to
restaurant scene is second to none. Mind you, my     return to his hometown of Liverpool. “It’s fantastic
days of clubbing are definitely behind me! These     to be back,” enthuses Womack. “Liverpool is such
days, I’m much more likely to be in bed by 9.30pm,   an amazing city, it’s got it all: music, culture, arts
which is ironic considering that Lee and I own a     and film. Jimmy McGovern and Frank Cotterill
couple of bars of our own!”                          Boyce both originate from Liverpool and I also
                                                     heard a rumour that Andy Garcia might be coming
                                                     to the area to do some filming, but that could be
Mark Womack plays                                    wishful thinking!

Pete Hammond                                         “My family all still live in the area, as do some of my
                                                     best mates, including actor Gary Mavers. I would
                                                     love to live and work here permanently; the only
                                                     reason I live in London is because that’s where my
                                                     wife and son are.”

                                                     And this isn’t the first time that Mark has played a
                                                     copper from Liverpool. He played DC Mark
                                                     Callaghan (better known as Cally) in the ITV drama
                                                     Liverpool 1. Since his days as a detective constable in
                                                     Liverpool 1, Mark has earned a promotion – in
                                                     Merseybeat he is now a detective inspector. “I’m
                                                     obviously making a habit of playing Scouse
                                                     coppers,” laughs Womack. “But Pete Hammond is
                                                     very different to Cally. He’s a bit mad and brings
                                                     nothing but trouble to Newton Park, as he’s always
                                                     falling out with his colleagues. He’s very hard and
                                                     not really very likeable – if I had to describe him in
                                                     one sentence then I would call him the Phil Mitchell
                                                     of Merseybeat!”

                                                     Pete adds a new dimension to the series as he
Pete Hammond                                         allows the writers to explore the new area of
Rank: Detective Inspector                            Newton Park’s CID. “Pete’s been there all the time
Marital status: Married                              but we just haven’t been aware of him! Having CID
                                                     at Newton Park allows the writers to drive the
Mark Womack                                          plot into new areas.The storylines get grittier as
Born: Liverpool but now lives in                     the team is driven into investigating murders and
North London                                         other violent crimes.
Studied: RADA
Previous credits: Liverpool 1, Hillsborough,         “Pete can be very flirtatious and gets on very well
Clocking Off                                         with what seems like half the station. He has a
                                                     history with Charlie Eden and they are undecided
 Did you know?                                       whether they should disclose this to
                                                     Superintendent Jim Oulton (John McArdle). Pete
 • Mark is married to actress Samantha Janus and     can be aggressive and chauvinistic and he’s not very
 together they have a son called Benjamin.           nice really but, because of that, he’s really good to
 • Mark is a fan of Liverpool FC.                    play. Cally, on the other hand, was very measured
                                                     and laid back. Out of the two, I would say that I am

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more like Cally as, like him, I fell in love with the    Did you know?
main character, Isobel (Samantha Janus).”
                                                         • Joanna’s fiancé, Danny Murphy, has a cameo
Mark and Samantha have been together for four            role in episode four of Merseybeat.
years and have a two-year-old son called Benjamin.
Mark also has a seven-year-old son from his first
marriage. Since working together on Liverpool 1,        Joanna Taylor is a real-life footballer’s wife … well,
Mark and Samantha were reunited on Judge John           nearly! She’s engaged to to Liverpool FC footballer
Deed and Mark is looking forward to them doing          Danny Murphy and has left behind her southern
more work together. “Samantha’s a brilliant actress     roots for a new life in the north.
and it would be a privilege to work with her more
often and, what’s more, we could help each other        “Liverpool has become my second home now,” says
with our lines when we’re at home!”                     Taylor. “I’ve lived up there for such a long time
                                                        filming Hollyoaks and now Merseybeat and the
                                                        people have always made me very welcome.When I
                                                        left Hollyoaks, I was looking forward to spending
Joanna Taylor plays                                     more time in London with my family and friends
Jackie Brown                                            but, when I was offered the part in Merseybeat, I
                                                        couldn’t turn it down. And then I met Danny so
                                                        hopefully I will be living in the North West for life.

                                                        “With my job I don’t think it really matters where
                                                        you live because you can end up filming anywhere
                                                        in the country or even the world. Earlier this year I
                                                        was in Bulgaria making a film called Deep Impact
                                                        with Dean Cain.That was good fun but it was very
                                                        cold in March when we were out there.”

                                                        Joanna returns to the screen this autumn playing
                                                        feisty copper PC Jackie Brown in the new series
                                                        of Merseybeat.

                                                        “This series, Jackie gets herself involved in a love
                                                        triangle with Inspector Eden (Leslie Ash) and the
                                                        new Detective Inspector, Pete Hammond (Mark
                                                        Womack),” explains Taylor. “Pete and Charlie have a
                                                        history together which Jackie is fully aware of, but I
                                                        don’t think she really cares. She just steams in there
Jackie Brown                                            with Pete, although I think Pete is just as much to
Rank: Police Constable                                  blame as he is married with a young baby.
Marital status: Single
                                                        “Jackie is very ambitious but she’s not a bad
Joanna Taylor                                           character really. She doesn’t get on that well with
Born: Born in South London but now lives                anyone at Newton Park because she’s so career
in Cheshire                                             orientated, whereas someone like Tiger (Chris
Studied: Guildford School of Acting                     Walker) wants to have a laugh with everyone and
Previous credits: Hollyoaks                             has a lot of mates at the station.”
Upcoming: A film called PI: Post Impact

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Joanna compares herself to Jackie in terms of the
                                                         Did you know?
ambition that they both share. “I would like to think
that I am as ambitious as Jackie but hopefully I’m
                                                         • Josie does a lot of work for the Red
kinder to other people than she is.That said, I’m
                                                         Cross and, in October, her work took her
not one of these people who is desperate to go to
                                                         to South Africa.
Hollywood. It would be a fantastic opportunity but
                                                         • Josie’s favourite book is Conversations With God
I’m really enjoying the work I’m doing now.”
                                                         by Neale Donald Walsh.
But there are distinct differences between the two.
“Jackie isn’t really bothered about a personal life     The new series of Merseybeat signals a new start
whereas Danny and I are engaged now.We were             for PC Jodie Finn.The death of her close colleague,
hoping to get married last summer but I was filming     Steve Traynor (Jonathan Kerrigan), at the end of
Merseybeat and then the football season started, so     the last series, seems to have had a profound effect
we will definitely get married next summer,             on her actions as she really throws herself into
although we haven’t set a date.”                        her job.

                                                        “I think Jodie was quite naive when she first started
Josie D’Arby plays                                      at Newton Park,” says D’Arby. “But in this series
                                                        she’s become more confident in her ability to do
Jodie Finn                                              the job which has been much more exciting to play.
                                                        She’ll stand up to people, even her superiors, which
                                                        she wouldn’t have done before. I think the fact that
                                                        she is now confident has bled into the way that I
                                                        felt on set as I have also become more confident. In
                                                        effect, we’ve shared a similar experience. I was new
                                                        to television acting and Jodie was new to police
                                                        work, and we’ve both grown more confident in
                                                        what we do.”

                                                        But that’s where the similarities stop as Josie is
                                                        quick to point out that she couldn’t be more
                                                        different to PC Finn, which was one of the reasons
                                                        that she was attracted to the role.

                                                        “Jodie’s so completely different to me,” laughs
                                                        D’Arby. “I’m a real pacifist and she’s a real tough
                                                        character. And she can be so negative sometimes,
                                                        always thinking that if things can go wrong, then
                                                        they will, whereas I would never think like that.”

                                                        But Jodie’s tough character is really challenged in
Jodie Finn                                              one episode where she and her colleague, PC
Rank: Police Constable                                  Jackie Brown (Joanna Taylor), find a young boy
Marital status: Single                                  whose father has gone off on holiday and left him
                                                        on his own, a subject that sadly has become a
Josie D’Arby                                            headline-grabber in recent months.
Born: Newport,Wales but now lives
in London.                                              “It was a great episode to film and very moving.
Studied: RADA                                           The boy’s mother had left several years ago but
Previous credits: Top Of The Pops,                      Jodie gets involved and helps the boy to track her
Bigger Breakfast                                        down. Gary Chan, who plays the young boy, was

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brilliant but it was quite a harrowing episode for
me to work on.”

In order to learn more about what it’s like to be a
police officer in a busy northern city, Josie spent a
day with the police force in Runcorn.

“It was such a diverse day,” recalls D’Arby. “I saw an
armed robbery taking place and also spent time
getting to know the local communities. As a result, I
have a lot of respect for the police and what they
do – they really lay themselves on the line and I
know I couldn’t do it for real.

“I think a lot of what I saw is incorporated into
Jodie’s character. She is certainly compassionate and
she would go out of her way to help people. But if
you’re not innocent then you don’t want to come
up against Jodie!”

While playing Jodie Finn has certainly been a             Did you know?
challenge for D’Arby, her biggest challenge to date
has definitely been taking part in the Channel 4          • Scot is a huge fan of the BAFTA-award winning
series, The Games.                                        BBC drama Spooks and admits it’s the only thing
                                                          he makes sure he’s at home to watch.
“I competed alongside Gail Hipgrave, ex-Spice Girl        • Scot’s uncle works on the coaching staff at
Mel C and James Hewitt,” explains D’Arby.“Basically.      Liverpool FC.
what they did was transform us into athletes over
the space of three months. So, now I’m an
accomplished ice skater. amongst other things!           For someone so young, it’s hard to believe that
                                                         Scot has achieved so much in such a short space
“I took part because I wanted to see how fit I           of time.Yet, already he has starred in Backbeat, the
could be in my lifetime. Now I’ve got an                 film about The Beatles, several plays and TV shows
appreciation of how wonderful it feels to be this fit.   including Hillsborough and Nice Guy Eddie.
I’m definitely going to keep it up.”                     Now he’s joining the cast of popular police
                                                         drama Merseybeat.
Scot Williams plays                                      “I play a young police officer called PC Glenn
Glenn Freeman                                            Freeman,” explains Williams. “He’s very ambitious
                                                         and wants to impress his superiors so that he can
                                                         get into CID and so he does whatever it takes to
Glenn Freeman                                            get a result. Because he really doesn’t want to be a
Rank: Constable                                          uniformed officer, I think he finds it difficult to get
Marital status: Single                                   on with the rest of the team. Having said that,
                                                         there’s some definite flirting with Jackie Brown
Scot Williams                                            (Joanna Taylor) but I think her eye’s elsewhere!
Born: Liverpool, but now living in London
Previous credits: Nice Guy Eddie, Serious                “It’s established in episode one of the new series
And Organised                                            that Glenn has a gambling problem. He’s trying to
Coming Up: Peter Greenaway’s film, The                   get a mortgage for a house and he could get any
Tulse Luper Suitcases                                    house but, with Glenn, it has to be a big house. He

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wants everything big, he’s got a nice sports car and      “I’m originally from the Penny Lane area. I live in
wears nice clothes. So, he loses a lot of money           London now, but I just went home for two or
gambling and is forced to moonlight, which is             three months and it shocked me. It’s so exciting, it’s
obviously against the rules. He’s working in a            just gone nuts. But the reason I moved away from
karaoke bar which has its moments, especially             Liverpool was the real lack of ambition, it really felt
when his superintendent and his sergeant come in          sorry for itself a few years ago. Every time you
on a stag do!”                                            opened the local press, it was ‘Oh aren’t we great?
                                                          We’ve got The Beatles, we’ve got football, we’ve got
All very comical but Scot’s character isn’t laughing      great architecture,’ and it was just clinging on to
when things take a serious turn…                          the past. As an actor, I was travelling to London 30
                                                          or 40 times a year for castings.When I did get
“Glenn starts working for a chauffeur company             work it was outside of Liverpool, so I had to move
which is far more serious. He gets caught up in a         away. But I’ve been back and I’ve always stayed in
drugs deal and, because he is so ambitious, he            contact with organisations like Bafta North and
effectively starts working undercover – against the       now it’s like a little Hollywood, everything is filming
advice of his colleagues. It all very nearly ends in      there! There’s a small but very successful film office;
tears. His job is threatened and you start to see         Bafta North are there and there’s independent
who he is, that he desperately wants to be a good         film producers. People don’t have to leave the
police officer but he’s got this edge, which is           city to finish their films.You can do the whole
dangerous, and he can’t get away from it.”                thing in Liverpool and everyone is accommodating
                                                          and friendly.
For Scot, this dark side to PC Glenn Freeman
makes him all the more attractive to play. “I like to     “I don’t think I’ll be able to move back but I’d like
play any character that is unpredictable. I liken it to   to have a base there. And I’m proud of it, that’s
a spider when it runs across the floor and then it        where I’m from. I think there are several cities in
stops, and you don’t know where it’s going to go. I       the world that you have to live in at one stage in
love that. For the first couple of episodes of            your life. London, New York, Paris, Rome – all
Merseybeat, Glenn definitely has an edge, there’s         exciting cultural, capital cities. I think Liverpool will
something going on between the lines that we              be the second best city in Britain.”
don’t really know about. A young man with a
serious gambling addiction, you don’t know who his        And there’s another reason why Liverpool will
friends are, you don’t know who his wife is – you         always be special for Scot…
don’t know anything about him.”
                                                          “I’m a big Liverpool fan. My uncle works on the
It was important to Scot that the character of            coaching staff and I used to go when I was a boy.
Glenn Freeman had quite a bit of depth and                When I was 11 or 12 years old I went to the
Merseybeat did give him the opportunity to have a         European semi-final second leg – Liverpool versus
hand in the character’s development.                      Panathinaikos. It was only when I grew up that I
                                                          realised it was a European Cup semi final! It must
“Me and Mark (Womack) did a show called                   be terrible being the young generation in Liverpool
Liverpool 1 a few years ago which was a gritty cop        now. I’ve got friends with 12-year-old sons and
show set in Liverpool. And because they wanted to         they’ve never seen Liverpool win the league!”
bring Merseybeat into Liverpool and make it more
urban, we worked with the director and the
producer to develop the characters. It was one
of the main reasons that I wanted to work on
the show.”

Another opportunity afforded by working on
Merseybeat was the chance to return to Liverpool,
Scot’s home town.

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                                                              The rest of the team

                                 The rest of the team

John McArdle is                                      Chris Walker is
Superintendent Jim Oulton                            PC Larry Barton

Jim has found it hard to juggle his personal and     Better known as “Tiger”, PC Larry Barton has a
professional life over the past few months and the   kind heart and is often on hand to give words of
two have overlapped on several occasions. He has     advice to other members of the team. He always
now been promoted to Superintendent following        seems to be on the receiving end of bad luck but
the departure of Susan Blake. Relishing his          that could all change in this series as he prepares
promotion, and with his marriage having failed,      to remarry. He doesn’t like sticking to the rules
Jim throws himself into his job.                     and often bends them slightly to suit himself.

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                                                                 The rest of the team

David Hargreaves is                                      Claire Sweeney is DS Roz Kelly
Sergeant Bill Gentle                                     (episodes 7 and 8)

Bill works at the heart of the call centre. He’s an      Roz Kelly joins the CID team as part of the drugs
old-style copper who has a point to prove to the         squad to investigate a drugs smuggling case which
rest of the team: that he is as fit as any of them. He   has ended in murder. DS Kelly is a strong-willed,
therefore takes his job very seriously. He’s always      feisty copper who’s seen it – and done it – all
on hand to give advice to the new recruits or keep       before.This attitude immediately ruffles feathers
them in check when they step out of line.                amongst her new colleagues, not least DI Pete
                                                         Hammond (Mark Womack). But DS Kelly also has a
                                                         secret which, if revealed, could have far-reaching
                                                         effects for both her personal life and her career.

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Episode 1 – Hearts And Minds                            Meanwhile, the situation between DIs Pete
                                                        Hammond (Mark Womack) and Charlie Eden
Kim and Tom Vale return from their honeymoon to         (Leslie Ash) has become increasingly tense – it’s
sounds of a scuffle in the next door flat and a child   looking impossible that they can ever bury their
screaming.Tom goes to investigate and finds 11-         differences and work together. But for PC Larry
year-old Callum being attacked by a thug looking        Barton (Chris Walker), tensions of a different kind
for money. Both Callum and Tom are injured. But         beckon – it’s his wedding day.
why is Tom, even though he got a clear view of his
attacker, so reluctant to testify?
                                                        Episode 4 – True Colours
At Newton Park police station, DI Pete Hammond
(Mark Womack) knows the truth about why Tom             Kerry Johnstone is arrested for stealing a baby
Vale won’t speak out but he too is reluctant to         from a maternity unit, but is she a distraught
explain to Supt Jim Oulton (John McArdle). But          mother who deserves understanding or are her
when events take a tragic turn and the case             motives rather more sinister?
becomes a murder investigation, it may be that some
home truths will have to be faced by all parties.       At the same time, DI Pete Hammond (Mark
                                                        Womack) is investigating a local adoption agency.
                                                        He needs to find out whether the agency is offering
Episode 2 – Warrior Moon                                babies for sale to the highest bidders. He and DI
                                                        Charlie Eden (Leslie Ash) pose as a couple who are
PCs Larry Barton (Chris Walker) and Glenn               desperate to adopt, but playing husband and wife is
Freeman (Scot Williams) discover a dead woman in        rather too close to home as secrets kept for 15
the river. Her husband breaks down in the               years are finally revealed.Where do Pete and
interview room and thinks he must have killed her       Charlie go from here?
while having one of his frequent stress-related
attacks. DI Pete Hammond (Mark Womack) is               Back at Newton Park station, Liverpool footballer
delighted to have a result but Inspector Charlie        Danny Murphy turns up to make a presentation to
Eden (Leslie Ash) isn’t so sure…                        Sgt Cartwright’s (Gary Cargill) under-11 girls
                                                        football team. But for Supt Jim Oulton (John
Relationships are further strained at Newton Park       McArdle), an ardent Everton fan, this proves to be a
as PC Larry Barton (Chris Walker) has to face up        step too far.
to the tragic aftermath of a police car chase which
went wrong, while DI Pete Hammond and Charlie
Eden find that past romantic liaisons have a habit of   Episode 5 –
catching up with them.                                  Angels With Dirty Faces
                                                        Maureen Bradshaw reports that her late father has
Episode 3 – Broken Dreams                               had £25,000 stolen from under his bed – but the
                                                        only visitor he had before he died was local priest
PCs Jackie Brown (Joanna Taylor) and Jodie Finn         Father Hopkirk. Early investigations discover that
(Josie D’Arby) are dealing with the case of a “home     Father Hopkirk is coincidentally raising money to
alone” kid.Young Lewis Roe has been left in the         send a local boy to America for a life-saving
house while his dad has been cavorting in Majorca,      operation – surely the priest can’t be in the frame?
but Lewis’s mum left the family home some time          But when it emerges that Albie Bradshaw is an ex-
ago. Can Jodie reunite Lewis with his mother?           armed robber, is a different kind of morality at work?

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Meanwhile, an unsound conviction comes back to         waiting for her? It seems that Kelly also has
haunt Sgt Bill Gentle (David Hargreaves) when he       something to hide …
attends the funeral of a man he put away for
murder. Gentle revives his former partnership with
retired copper Bernard Oulton (Supt Jim Oulton’s       Episode 8 – Day Of Reckoning
father) to turn over some old stones. Did they
really get it so wrong all those years ago? And, if    Fifteen-year-old Amy Wright has fallen in love with
they did, who was really the guilty party?             a man from an internet chat room. PCs Larry
                                                       Barton (Chris Walker) and Jackie Brown (Joanna
                                                       Taylor) are called in to investigate after Amy’s
Episode 6 – Repeat Offender                            mother raises concerns that the man might be
                                                       older (and more dangerous) than he seems. Larry
There is a serial rapist on the loose but his latest   risks everything on a strategy of posing as Amy in
attack ends in failure and is witnessed by a young     order to lure the man out into the open…
boy. DI Pete Hammond (Mark Womack) needs to
crack the case before the rapist strikes again, but    DS Roz Kelly (Claire Sweeney) has an unwelcome
Supt Jim Oulton (John McArdle), still feeling like a   reunion with her armed robber father, Eddie Lewis.
fish out of water as “the man upstairs”, wants to be   She suspects he’s working on another job and
involved in the case too. It’s crucial that the two    warns him off. But taking a different kind of interest
men bury their differences to get a result.            in Lewis’s visit is DI Pete Hammond (Mark
                                                       Womack), who decides to do some digging of his
Station receptionist Natalie Vance’s (Tupele Dorgu)    own. An altercation with Gary Naylor, a local hard
brother is brought in for stealing cars. PC Glenn      case with a reputation for selling guns, leaves
Freeman (Scot Williams) believes he is fronting an     Hammond for dead on a deserted building site.
operation that procures expensive cars to order        Can he be reached in time?
and sells them on.When Natalie confronts her
brother with the truth, she faces an agonising
dilemma: does she turn him in to save him from a
long-term career in crime … and the nick?

Episode 7 – Distant Vices
A young drug smuggler has been horrifically
murdered, but the victim, Clare Robinson, is a
model student with a blameless past.What could
have convinced her to smuggle drugs into the UK
from Jamaica?

DS Roz Kelly (Claire Sweeney), from Newton Park
Drugs Squad, is brought in to help DI Pete
Hammond (Mark Womack) but their investigations
throw up more questions than answers, until they
meet up with Helen, a girl Clare met while
travelling 18 months previously. DS Kelly and DI
Hammond know that Helen is hiding something,
but the question is, what?

All is not what it seems for DS Roz Kelly either.
Who is the man who loiters outside the station,

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Judge John Deed

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Cast and production credits . . . . . . . . . . . . .            . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Interviews with the cast:
   Martin Shaw plays Judge John Deed . . . . .                   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   ...........   .   .   .   44
   Jenny Seagrove plays Jo Mills . . . . . . . . . .             .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   ...........   .   .   .   44
   Simon Ward plays Sir Monty Everard . . . .                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   ...........   .   .   .   45
   Simon Chandler plays Sir Ian Rochester . .                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   ...........   .   .   .   45
   Caroline Langrishe plays George Channing                      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   ...........   .   .   .   45
Episode synopses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   ...........   .   .   .   47

Judge John Deed

                                      Judge John Deed
                                    returns to BBC One

“The law itself is a major character in Judge John       Government legislates and circumscribes the law,
Deed,” says BAFTA award-winning writer and               the more judges will rebel.”
producer GF Newman.And in this series there is
more emphasis on the workings of the law than            Deed’s ex-wife, George Channing (Caroline
previously. But, Newman points out, the personalities    Langrishe), continues to be a guiding force in
and relationships that keep audiences rapt are not       Deed’s life. She has a great deal of affection for him
neglected.“The storylines focus on the law in            and tries to warn him about the forces of reaction
tandem with the developing – and in some cases           opposing him.
deteriorating – relationships of the characters.”
                                                         New to the series is High Court Judge Sir Monty
The ongoing battle between Deed (Martin Shaw)            Everard (Simon Ward). As Presider, Sir Monty is
and the establishment continues unabated, but it         senior to Deed and has been brought in to exert
takes a sinister twist when, unable to topple the        some control over him and try to keep him in line.
judge, Deed’s adversaries go after Jo (Jenny             Newman says: “Monty represents the establishment
Seagrove).Things look bad for Jo when she ends up        and gives Deed a very good run for his money;
facing a disciplinary tribunal. But when Deed tries to   there is considerable antagonism between them.
haul her out of trouble, Jo resents his intervention.    In fact, Monty tries to wipe Deed off the map.
                                                         Although he is aggressive and forceful in office,
Reaching an all-time low, Deed seeks professional        Monty is dominated by his fierce wife,Vera
help.Yet, when the therapist begins to peel back the     (Joan Blackham).”
layers, Deed deals with the resultant feelings of
vulnerability in a way which can only further
estrange him from Jo.

However, Deed remains true to his beliefs about
justice and refuses to bend to pressures from “the
brethren” (fellow judges). Newman says: “As
appointees of the establishment, judges tend to
want to please their peers. But, perversely, Deed is
prepared to be alienated by them.”

Newman feels that this theme is a true reflection
of a trend in Britain’s judiciary system. “The path
Deed treads is now being taken more and more in
real life,” he suggests. “As the Government
becomes more authoritarian, judges tend to want
to express their independence.We are seeing this
increasingly in the area of sentencing.

“We have common law in this country,” he
continues, “which is tried and tested over time and
judges’ rulings become precedents. In this way,
judges have always been allowed to use their own
common sense.Therefore, the more the

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                                                                       Cast and
                                                              production credits


                       Judge John Deed ............ Martin Shaw
                                 Jo Mills ............ Jenny Seagrove
                      George Channing ............ Caroline Langrishe
                     Sir Monty Everard ............ Simon Ward
                           Charlie Deed ............ Louisa Clein
                        Row Colemore ............ Christopher Cazenove
                   Sir Joseph Channing ............ Sir Donald Sinden
                  Rita “Coop” Cooper ............ Barbara Thorn
                      Sir Ian Rochester ............ Simon Chandler

                          Production credits

                  Executive producers: ............ Mal Young and Ruth Caleb
                      Writer/producer ............ GF Newman
                   Director (Ep 1 & 2) ............ Andy Hay
                       Director (Ep 3) ............ David Kerr
                       Director (Ep 4) ............ GF Newman
                  Production executive ............ Camilla Griffith-Jones
                   Associate producer ............ Alison B Matthews
                          Script editor ............ Ben Bickerton
                     Make-up designer ............ Linda Morton
                     Costume designer ............ Colin Lavers
                               Publicist ............ Premier PR

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                                                                             Cast interviews

Martin Shaw plays                                        “Deed is similar to me in that he refuses to be
                                                         bullied. His takes an intellectual stance because he
Judge John Deed                                          believes in the sanctity of the law.”

                                                         Deed faces a series of challenges in the new series.
                                                         “As always, the professional challenge is to stand up
                                                         to those who would manipulate him and don’t like
                                                         him being as independent as he is,” says Shaw. “His
                                                         personal challenge comes from trying to find the
                                                         root of his problem with women. He’s definitely a
                                                         womaniser. He realises that it’s an obsession which
                                                         doesn’t give him the satisfaction he craves. So he
                                                         goes into therapy – with mixed results. He is finally
                                                         starting to recognise that his behaviour towards
                                                         women is not balanced!”

                                                         But the highlight for Martin was the rare chance to
                                                         perform alongside his son, Luke, who appears in
                                                         Episode 3. “It’s the first time we have been in a
                                                         scene together. It was great – extraordinary! But I
                                                         did feel quite self-conscious for a few minutes.”

                                                         Jenny Seagrove
                                                         plays Jo Mills
Martin Shaw never doubted that Judge John Deed
would prove to be a ratings and critical success. He
says: “I’m absolutely delighted, but not surprised. It
always had that buzz of excellence about it – even
more so now. It’s the only thing I’ve worked on that
has got better, series by series.The key to its
success is undoubtedly good writing and the
continuity of cast and crew that we’ve enjoyed.

“I receive more letters about Judge John Deed than
anything else I’ve ever done. And they are all along
the lines of saying thank you for making an
intelligent drama that’s not patronising and one that
makes you think.

“I admire his intellect and his sense of fair play and
I like him as a person,” Shaw says of Deed. “I do
sometimes disagree with his judgements, but I’m
not a learned judge; the series is impeccably
researched and I’m just an amateur! But I’m
fascinated by the law and think it’s a wonderful
drama in itself.

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                                                                               Cast interviews

“Jo has got a lot stronger in this series,” says Jenny    by his wife,Vera (Joan Blackham). “Monty is basically
Seagrove. “She is pulling away from John’s influence.     a very flawed human being,” laughs Ward, “married
She still loves him, but because she is so angry with     to a terrifying wife!”
him she’s having to grow up and be less of a ‘pupil’.
                                                          Of Sir Monty’s failings,Ward jokes: “I want to be
“The anger she feels towards him is also helping          a good judge. I hate it when Sir Monty makes
her to find her own voice – which she needs in this       bad decisions. But Monty must have been a
series because she’s being got at from all sides.The      good judge once – or he would never have
CPS, the police, the judiciary – they are all trying to   been made Presider!”
discredit her and the judge.

“Jo is the only person who stands up to Deed; she
doesn’t back down. And he really loves her. She is
                                                          Simon Chandler
his perfect mate, both sexually and intellectually.
But he needs the excitement of the chase – and
                                                          plays Sir Ian Rochester
the conquests.”
                                                          As Permanent Secretary in the Lord Chancellor’s
Does Seagrove identify with any part of Jo’s character?   department, Sir Ian is responsible for the smooth
“Almost everything!” she says.“Jo fights for causes and   running of the UK legal system and acts as a
gets emotionally involved. So do I. I am passionate       go-between between the Government and the
about animal welfare and the environment.                 Courts. “He keeps the wheels turning,” says
                                                          Simon Chandler.
“But,” she continues, “she’s better at confrontation
than I am. She has had to learn to stick up for           “Sir Ian is a civil servant, not part of ‘the brethren’.
herself. She’s a parent and she’s in a business run by    But he has huge influence,” he continues. “Sir Ian
men so she has had to learn how to be aggressive          approved of the choice of Sir Monty as Presider
in a positive way.”                                       because he thought he could control Monty and
                                                          therefore control Deed. But it doesn’t work out
                                                          because Monty is too reactionary.

Simon Ward plays                                          “Sir Ian is very much ‘The Establishment’. He pulls
                                                          strings behind the scenes in order to get certain
Sir Monty Everard                                         cases heard by specific judges. Politicians and his big
                                                          business friends use him to get things going their
New to this series is the pompous new Presider,           own way.
Sir Monty “Legover” Everard. Sir Monty is senior to
Deed and has been brought in by the establishment         “Some cases he absolutely does not want Deed
to try to impose some control over him.                   to hear because he knows he will show leniency.
                                                          And he’s furious when he discovers that Monty
From the outset, there is considerable antagonism         has handed Deed a controversial case against a
between them. Deed is a conundrum and an                  mobile phone company because he knows
irritation to Sir Monty. “Everything Deed does            Deed won’t bow to the pressures of industry
annoys Monty,” says Simon Ward. “His political            and Government.”
views, his ethics, his morals: they are all appalling.

“Above all else, Monty has total faith in ‘the
brethren’, which causes him a huge problem when
                                                          Caroline Langrishe plays
it comes to Deed. Deed is a brother. But, brother,
what a brother! Deed certainly isn’t ‘one of us’.”
                                                          George Channing
Although Sir Monty holds an immensely powerful            Deed’s ex-wife, George, spends more time in the
position and is aggressive in public, he is dominated     courtroom in this series than previously. She is the

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                                                           Cast interviews

QC defending the stressed directors of a mobile
phone company. “I’m strutting my stuff in wig and
gown – opposite Jo and in front of Deed. Pretty
heady stuff!” says Caroline Langrishe.

“It comes naturally to George to defend the
capitalists against the nice little people!” she laughs.
“George is a bit of a tyrant; she’s very, very
confident and I think that comes from a
combination of her background, class and education
and her high-powered job. She’s utterly ruthless at
work and therefore very successful. Fortunately, she
has one saving grace, which is her wit.

“And, despite the fact that she is ruthless, she’s very
straight. If George suspects anything underhand is
going on, that’s just not acceptable to her –
especially not if it’s close to home.That’s why she
tips Deed off when she sees that he’s about to be
got at. She knows he is a decent man and they have
a very ‘grown-up’ divorce.”

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Episode 1 – Health Hazard                                Judge John Deed is still seeing his therapist, Rachel
                                                         Crawcheck, and the emotional revelations continue
Sir Ian Rochester (Simon Chandler) is furious when       to unnerve him. But, when he and Rachel end up in
the vainglorious new Presider, Sir Monty “Legover”       bed together, it ends his therapy – along with his
Everard (Simon Ward), miscalculates and hands Mr         chances of a relationship with Jo.
Justice Deed (Martin Shaw) a controversial case
against a mobile phone company. Unable to wrest          Deed discovers that Row is part of a conspiracy
the case back, Sir Ian turns his malign attention to     to acquit the MP so that he can continue his
Jo Mills (Jenny Seagrove) in order to defeat Deed.       damaging investigation in order to aid a take over
                                                         by a rival arms company. Friendship
As a result, Jo is brought up before a disciplinary      notwithstanding, Deed starts proceedings
hearing for having an improper relationship with         against Row and his putative boss for attempting
Deed and is forced to cut her ties with him. Deed        to pervert the course of justice.
turns up unexpectedly at the hearing, being chaired
by Everard, who is forced to accept the word of a
high court judge, despite the evidence to the            Episode 4 –
contrary. Sir Monty will have to wait to exact           Economic Imperative
his revenge.
                                                         Single mother Diana Hulsey (Lara Cazalet) pursues
                                                         her case against the mobile phone company for
Episode 2 – Judicial Review                              causing her terminal brain tumour. Despite their
                                                         strong relationship, Jo Mills is shocked when Diana
When Sir Monty Everard grants a political                asks her if she’ll take on her little boy once she dies.
benefactor a non-custodial sentence, Deed flies
into a rage and publicly accuses him of corruption.      Meanwhile, Sir Ian Rochester conspires with the
Pushed into a corner, Everard bites back. Jo Mills       Trade Secretary, who is uncomfortably close to
takes the brunt of his ill will and is ostracised by     the phone company.They want to discredit Deed,
the legal profession.                                    who’s hearing the case. Child pornography is
                                                         found in Deed’s computer.When Diana dies,
Jo pleads with Deed to give up his fight. Finally, he    the phone company refuses to settle, believing
agrees to see a therapist, Rachel Crawcheck (Amita       Deed is washed up.
Dhiri), with unnerving results. But Deed still refuses
to back down until the over-lenient sentence is          But, with just moments to spare, a computer
appealed. Finally he out-manoeuvres Sir Ian              expert helps Deed deal with the evidence as Sir Ian
Rochester and saves Jo’s career.                         and Sir Monty Everard approach with security
                                                         guards to seize his computer.

Episode 3 – Conspiracy
Jo Mills is prosecuting an MP accused of attempted
murder.The MP had been investigating deaths in
the arms industry, and Row Colemore
(Christopher Cazenove) floats the idea that the
charge has been fabricated in order to shut him up.

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