Alice Eve plays Cicely Boyd
Tell me about Cicely.
Cicely is misunderstood because she is perceived as being quite aloof
and uncaring and that really isn't how she intends to be at all.
Her inner conflict comes from the way people see her not matching up
at all with the way she sees herself.
So she is sort of a victim of her own head.
The boys see Cicely as the unattainable ideal girl. Do you
think she's aware of that?
No, not at all. I don't think you're ever aware of your position as
a social group perceives it.
She doesn't talk with the boys very often, and when she does talk to
Ben's friends, she is slightly uneasy because she is not at all sure
what they say about her.
It doesn't really matter to Cicely if they're sexually attracted to
her or not. It's what they think of her as a person that matters to
her the most.
Her image changes regularly and pretty dramatically, does she
change much as a person over the three years?
No, because there is nothing concrete about her as a person. I think
she is very much in development and the jury is still out! She is a
bit of an elusive character, even to herself.
What is your impression of the Seventies?
It was just a lot slower, that's the overall impression I get. We
have moved into such a fast-paced, unnecessarily high-octane society.
It was a less youth obsessed culture as well I think. All the rock
stars were slightly older, Peter Frampton and Led Zeppelin, they weren't
all 16 and 17 year olds.
What was it like working with writers of the calibre involved
in The Rotters' Club?
Dick and Ian, in particular, leave you sort of stranded after working
with them because you can't read another script without being depressed
that they haven't written it! So they were brilliant. They're irreplaceable.
Do you have anything else coming up?
I have just completed a docu-drama called The Genius Of Beethoven
for BBC TWO that we filmed in Prague.