April (12 posts)
Friday 30 April 2010, 16:14
The character that became Detective Chief Inspector John Luther was pinging round my head long before he had a name - or I had any idea how to use him.
Thursday 29 April 2010, 18:12
Just a few days to go until Warhol, the first of BBC One's Modern Masters series, is broadcast. It feels like we are paddling into uncharted territory - putting modern art and a new presenter Alastair Sooke into primetime BBC One. What are we trying to do?
The history of western art more or less makes...
Monday 26 April 2010, 15:46
We were all watching with horror at what unfolded on the news when five women in Ipswich were murdered back in December 2006. As the women started to go missing, I was one of those mums sitting on the sofa, looking on with fear.
Then Paula Clennell gave an interview where she was asked why she was still...
Thursday 22 April 2010, 18:32
Good Doctor Who monsters have to come back - it's a rule. But my feeling is that you always have to bring back a monster and do something different with it. So although Blink was a very popular episode, it was also a very spooky, cerebral episode.
Thursday 15 April 2010, 14:18
When my friend rang to ask me out for a drink, I was already in Heathrow Terminal 5. "I'm not going to be around for the next four months or so," I told him. "I'm going to Lagos."
His immediate reaction - "Why? What's wrong? Are you in trouble? Is it the police?" - was typical. Nigeria, and Lagos in...
Wednesday 14 April 2010, 16:04
Over the last few weeks, this BBC TV blog has tried to bring you insights on a diverse selection of programmes: From the final return of Ashes To Ashes, it has travelled to new children's series ZingZillas , by way of Cracking Antiques, and Over The Rainbow.
It is a selection that highlights the breadth...
Monday 12 April 2010, 10:38
I must have been about 28 when my mother told me. She was at the sink washing up at the time and I was drying the pots. It's hard to remember what's fact and what's fiction now, but I'll try.
"We had a bit of a thing," was how she described her affair with the Polish neighbour that lived in the two...
Thursday 8 April 2010, 12:04
The funniest moment of filming the third series of Outnumbered was when there was a rather confused pigeon flapping around the family kitchen. It was absolutely hilarious to watch the pigeon's trainer failing to maintain control and even funnier watching Dan squirm and yelp any time the pigeon came close...
Wednesday 7 April 2010, 11:19
Filming Cracking Antiques was such a hoot that I don't know where to start. It was brilliant fun meeting all of the different contributors - I love snooping around people's houses. I'm incredibly nosy - in fact, I always say that was why I became an interior designer.
Mark Hill's my co-presenter and...
Tuesday 6 April 2010, 14:47
Almost 10 years ago I produced and directed a BBC television series called Living With Cancer. The team and I spent two years at the Middlesex Hospital following the experiences of a group of patients as they confronted the realities of living with a life-threatening disease. One of the most remarkable...