Tomlinson is "Nice Guy Eddie" - a new six part drama series
from BBC Northern Ireland starting soon on BBC ONE
Tomlinson is back on BBC ONE as the warm and wisecracking Liverpool
Private Investigator Eddie McMullen a man for whom the chaos
theory might have been invented.
specially for him by Liverpool writers Johanne McAndrew and Elliot
Hope, Eddie is Ricky's first leading role in a television drama
and filming took him back to his hometown of Liverpool.
got a big heart and although as a private detective he's not involved
in the glamorous side of the business he treats every case with
respect," says Ricky.
always getting personally involved in his cases and just wants everyone
to be happy.
for all his niceness he's not against bending the rules if it brings
about the right conclusion. There is certainly a mischievous side
to him and he'll bluff his way out of a tight spot.
must be a dozen real nice guy Eddies knocking around Liverpool doing
exactly the same kind of job. In my opinion the writer, Johanne
McAndrew, is the female Jimmy McGovern and the scripts have that
magic mixture of tears and laughter that makes up real life."
Streetwise PI Eddie certainly sees all human life in the average
working day before returning home to another dose of dramas in his
houseful of women.
double whammy of his outspoken wife Ronnie (Rachel Davies) and strong-willed
Mum Vera (Elizabeth Spriggs) is backed up by his trio of gutsy daughters
Ange (Christine Tremarco), Becca (Emma Vaudrey) and Laura
to the chaos is the shock appearance of a handsome, young stranger
claiming that Eddie is his father. Frank, played by Tom Ellis, sticks
around to help Eddie out at work and Eddie's brother-in-law Lol
(John Henshaw) completes the male fight-back.
six one-hour episodes also feature guest stars Eva Pope (Coronation
Street, Peak Practice); Joanne Frogatt (Coronation Street, Bad Girls);
Paul Barber (The Full Monty); Sharon Maughan (Gold Blend) and Jayne
researching the series the writers found a real "Nice Guy Eddie"
Liverpool private investigator Tony Smith, who acts as script
consultant on the drama.
our first meeting Tony was very friendly, very chatty and basically
told us that most of the job is very mundane, " says Elliot.
we realised that they don't solve murders, they serve writs. What
he did say is that they tend to get involved with their clients.
Tony still has people who visit him who were his clients years ago.
sold the series on the characters, particularly Eddie fat,
fifty and flaming knackered."
I met Ricky Tomlinson at a comedy writing course and we had him
in mind as we wrote. When
it came to trying to get him interested in the part he was brilliant.
remember ringing his house up and this dead posh man answered and
I thought 'whos this, it must be the butler'. I said who
I was and where I'd met Ricky and the posh voice said 'Hiya girl,
alright?' It was Ricky.
told him about the show, sent the script over to his house and the
next day he rang and said he'd do it."
Smith has been a PI in Liverpool for 25 years and in his
words has seen "the lot".
not exactly The Rockford Files," says Tony. "It's hours
of bum-numbing sitting in cars followed by a few moments of excitement.
good side of the job is the people you meet. Just like Eddie I find
it hard not to feel sorry for people whose lives are in a mess."
producer Carol-Ann Docherty says the scripts capture perfectly the
essence of a man who deals with the small dramas and misdemeanours
of life but has integrity.
always tries to do his best for everyone
even if that means
lying through his teeth on more than the odd occasion," she
Cooper, BBC Northern Ireland Head of Drama says: "It's a great
feeling to get so caught up in a show that you start thinking the
characters are real.
Eddie dodging and weaving around the truth, trying not to upset
anyone - his wife, the rest of his family, his friends, the lad
who claims to be his son sinking deeper and deeper into a
mire of hilarious deceit, I keep wanting to leap through the screen,
give him a good talking to and tell him to sort things out."
Guy Eddie was shot on location in Liverpool and is produced by Paddy
Higson. The directors are Douglas Mackinnon (Episodes 1 & 2);
Alan Macmillan (Episodes 3, 4 & 6) and Morag McKinnon (Episode
Nice Eddie Press Pack is available below in pdf
format. You may require Adobe Acrobat Software to read pdf files
which can be obtained here.
The cast and characters (436kb)
Interview with Ricky Tomlinson (12kb)
Interview with the writers (16kb)
synopses - for journalists only - are available from the BBC Press