Thursday 17 April 2014, 15:53
Joanne Whalley plays Aunt Patience who is living with her husband Joss Merlyn (Sean Harris), the landlord of Jamaica Inn, when she is visited by her niece Mary Yellan (Jessica Brown Findlay). She spoke to the BBC TV blog about BBC One’s adaption of Daphne du Maurier’s best-selling gothic novel.
I read the book years ago and I’ve always had a lovely edition of it on a book tower by my bed. She illuminated it in a contemporary way that I latched on to.
Can you tell us a bit about your character Aunt Patience?
It’s a great love story but she is very damaged by it and she has this unconditional blind love that motivates her.
She has put her lot in with Joss and is going to see it through all the way. I loved her commitment and I found her moving.
I love how she changes and I love that sometimes she’s terrible. But then I understand why she’s awful sometimes.
You would go a bit crazy stuck out...
Friday 11 April 2014, 16:52
As the production designer my job on The Crimson Field was to design the set: choosing the ideal location, deciding on the layout, designing all the different areas and selecting the style and decoration.
I researched historical photographs and paintings found from the Imperial War Museum archives, which was important early on as they communicated the atmosphere and look of the production.
I presented my design ideas to the producers in the form of mood boards, drawings, scale models and plans.
My whole team then worked closely together to achieve the ambition of the production.Early base camp layout plans: the pharmacy set across the square from the quartermaster's store Once the plans were finalised, I drew a 3D sketch of the whole site to bring it to life My pharmacy design sketch detailing how the interior of the pharmacy would look The construction of the pharmacy took three weeks, including painting the buildings The dressing plan detailed the location of the large furniture in the pharmacy Ready for filming: it took a week to fully stock the pharmacy with medical props Marianne Oldham as Rosalie Berwick in the pharmacy
During my research, I...
Wednesday 2 April 2014, 17:38
I play the character of Tosh in Shetland, or Detective Sergeant Alison McIntosh if we're being proper about it.
She is a young, bright, ambitious employee of the Shetland constabulary who has been promoted beyond her years by DI Perez who sees great potential in her.DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) and DS Alison McIntosh (Alison O'Donnell)
When I got the part I understood that the programme would be based on the books by Ann Cleeves but it all happened very quickly and I didn't have to time to do any reading before we started filming.
When Shetland returned I read all of the books and enjoyed them immensely.
I love crime fiction anyway, my mum is a great lover of Agatha Christie, and she passed this passion on to me.
Although Tosh doesn't appear in the books (the character was created for television) it was extremely useful to understand how atmospheric the books are and how deftly Ann uses the uniqueness of the location to feed the sense of mystery and tension.
My relationship with Douglas Henshall is not dissimilar to the relationship between Perez and Tosh in that he is a very experienced and knowledgeable actor, but this is my first proper television role so he has become...
Thursday 20 March 2014, 14:46
I’m the producer of Bluestone 42, a comedy set in Afghanistan, following a bomb disposal detachment.
I couldn’t wait to get back out to South Africa in the sunshine with our fantastic cast and crew.
Stellenbosch, South Africa is a really beautiful place to shoot in, even if it is swarming with deadly snakes.
A fact we did not know on series one, but are now all too aware of having had to employ a full...
Wednesday 19 March 2014, 09:55
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Friday 14 March 2014, 10:19
I was intrigued. Having worked on a few similar history series myself – such as Laurence Rees’s The Nazis or Auschwitz – I knew that only a tiny fraction of the recorded interviews would have made it to air.
I reckoned many strong and insightful testimonies must have ended on the cutting room floor because they didn’t fit into the series’ narrative or...
Tuesday 11 March 2014, 10:51
Of the three scripts, Flea immediately jumped out to me – actually that’s not entirely true.
I read the first line of the stage directions and felt a bit disheartened. I’ve seen a lot of bleak British shorts set on estates and was hoping for something a bit more magical.
Then I got to the dialogue, which is in spoken word, and the story jumped off the page! I loved it. It was different and bold.
Friday 7 March 2014, 10:42
I’ve been interested in the First World War since I was a boy, but I’ve always found it so hard to understand how people allowed it to happen.
The process of writing 37 Days gave me a real insight into why we went to war – something I hope the viewer will grasp as well.
So how do you get your head around the few short weeks that changed the world forever?
Well the producer Sue Horth and I compiled a 175-page 'war book', which broke down the 37 days.The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo set off a chain of events
I traced every conference, every telephone...
Tuesday 25 February 2014, 10:55
I'm an evolutionary biologist, specialising in primate adaptation and evolution.
My work now focuses on studying often-small physical differences in the skeletons of monkeys, to see how they change over time in different environments.
When the idea for Secrets Of Bones came about, a six-part series on skeletons and all things bony, the next thing I knew I was having my skull printed off, building a silverback gorilla skeleton and watching a horse on a treadmill... it all happened so quickly.
Monday 17 February 2014, 10:06
I had my reservations when asked if I’d like to produce Dissected, a series about the dissection of a human hand and foot.
Not because I’m particularly squeamish - I have made a lot medical series, including a stint in the main allied forces military hospital in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. I’m used to seeing the internal mechanics of the body.
I was more concerned about whether this was something that people would actually want to watch. It was an intriguing enough proposition to make me want to do it.
I’m very glad I did as it turned out to be a fascinating exploration into what makes...