Sometimes I wonder whether, if I’d been the one that went for coffee and not Lesley May, my life would have been much less interesting and certainly much less dangerous. Could it have been anyone, or was it destiny? When I’m considering this I find it helpful to quote the wisdom of my father, who once told me, ‘Who knows why the fuck anything happens?’
Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
The resolute desk was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Hayes in 1879, and was made from the timbers of the British arctic exploration ship, HMS RESOLUTE. Many presidents since Hayes have used the desk at various locations in the White House, but it was Jacqueline Kennedy who first brought the desk into the Oval Office in 1961 for President Kennedy. Since then, a number of modern presidents have used the desk, including President Obama. A sister desk, also made from the HMS Resolute, sits in Windsor Castle and is used by the Queen.
Pictured: Caroline Kennedy and Cousin Kerry Kennedy sit under the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
Short film making is great. 20+ cast and crew volunteering for a two day shoot for a project they believe in. Creatively they are always a little different too. Great to have actors like Colin Morgan and Kerrie Hayes involved on it.
10 minute short for @theCalmzone raising awareness of depression and mental illness in Men. (x)
It’s the news many of you have been waiting for - the attendees confirmed for the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 18 May! Feast your eyes on the star-studded line-up below…
Attendees confirmed to date include (in alphabetical order): Aaron Paul, Ant & Dec, Charlie Brooker, Claire Rushbrook, Claudia Winkleman, Danny Dyer, David Bradley, David Mitchell, Davina McCall, Deborah Meaden, Dominic West, Doon Mackichan, Duncan Bannatyne, Evan Davis, Frances de la Tour, Graham Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Dancy, Jake Humphrey, James Corden, Jamie Dornan, Jeremy Piven, Jerome Flynn, Joe Dempsie, Katherine Parkinson, Keeley Hawes, Kelly Hoppen, Kerrie Hayes, Kerry Howard, Laura Carmichael, Lizzy Yarnold, Luke Newberry, Maddy Hill, Martin Freeman, Marvin Humes, Mathew Baynton, Maxine Peake, Mel & Sue, Mo Farah, Naomi Campbell, Nicky Campbell, Nico Mirallegro, Nicola Walker, Olivia Colman, Paterson Joseph, Paul O'Grady, Peter Jones, Piers Linney, Richard Ayoade, Rob Brydon, Rory Kinnear, Ross Kemp, Sam Neill, Sarah Lancashire, Sean Harris, Sheridan Smith, Shirley Henderson, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Susanna Reid and Tess Daly.
Julie Walters CBE, recipient of the Fellowship, and Cilla Black OBE, recipient of the Special Award, will also be in attendance.
Channel 4′s outstanding drama The Mill returns for a second series this summer. It’s 1838. Just four years have passed since the end of the first series but now the effects of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 are beginning to take effect. The first of the impoverished economic migrants from the South of England start to arrive at Quarry Bank Mill.
Why has no one been talking about The Mill on Channel 4 on here?
It’s everything that’s good and brave about TV at the moment. It told stories about people who rarely get their stories told as the focus of a drama - the working classes, but predominantly working class WOMEN. And even better, it had them telling their OWN stories. How rare is that?
I thought the acting, writing and filming were as good as anything I’ve seen since Broadchurch (which let me down in the last episode, unlike this). This puts anything the BBC have done in the last year or so (apart from cancelled and under appreciated The Hour) to shame. Well done Channel Four taking risks at a time when the BBC and most other places seem to be relying on easy options.
It passed the Bechdel test in every episode, too, which is the first time I can remember that happening in almost anything I’ve watched.
Channel 4 has released a trailer for the second series of The Mill, which returns on Sunday, 20th July at 8pm.
The six-part second series focuses on the lives of the Quarry Bank mill workers between 1838 and 1842, a period of turbulent social, political and industrial change following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 which made a distinction between ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor.
[…] The film follows the story of Jake (Colin Morgan), a young man, who arrives in Blackpool, the seaside town of his childhood. Harassed, confused and lost in his thoughts after the loss of his father, he walks around the beach reminiscing past family moments. The pain and drain are so heavy for him to confront, that he decides to end his life. That is when he unexpectedly meets a troubled girl (Kerrie Hayes) and saves her.
Colin Morgan’s austere yet powerful performance fills the film. You can feel his pain and despair even when he’s not speaking.
What are your thought on the overall process as well as the actors with whom you chose to collaborate?
Kerrie Hayes & Colin Morgan were in my mind right from the beginning. Kerrie because we have worked together a lot (She was the lead in my film KICKS) and she’s an extraordinary actor. Colin because he can tell you everything without saying a word. The crazy thing was the coincidence that I got to direct him in two scenes on Humans where I happened to be working as a 2nd Unit Director. It was so fortuitous – I asked him if he would read the script and he committed four days later.
——An interview with Lindy Heymann (Director of The Laughing King)15 May 2016