“The very beginning, I was 23. Who knew it would be 34 years so far? My entire life, now, is different than had I not gotten this job. I must have been really good in my last life to get this gift now. She got mixed up in a cult. Then Nikki became a stripper pretty quick. Originally, it was supposed to be mud wrestling. I don’t know if you know that.”


    “I just knew that it was going to be a character that took off. I mean, the character had legs. The character was full. The character was obsessed, and that’s always interesting. I loved playing that Phyllis. It was fun. I mean, there are no rules. You could do whatever you want. I would like her to go nuts like that again. It would be so great.”

The News At Bedtime

Around the Christmas period I always get a hankering to listen to this again, so decided to help spread the joy! The News At Bedtime is a satirical radio series written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 over Christmas back in 2009.

Cribbing from Wikipedia: “The series is a spoof of news programmes, in particular shows such as The Today Programme, set in “Nurseryland”, a place in which all nursery rhymes and children’s stories are real. The News at Bedtime stars Jack Dee and Peter Capaldi as the main newsreaders, John Tweedledum and Jim Tweedledee.” You also get several other familiar voices popping up such as The Thick of It alumni Chris Addison and Alexander McQueen.

Cribbing from “This is serious broadcasting: The News at Bedtime addresses the zeitgeist issues of today and once upon a time from Nurseryland; Humpty Dumpty’s great fall, the worrying story of Jack and the Genetically Modified Beanstalk and the celebrity wedding of the owl to the pussycat, to name but three.”

There are seven episodes, each around 14 minutes long, plus they did a short animated segment here, which is brilliant. I strongly recommend you give it a listen, and to do so you can download it from Mediafire here [x]. Enjoy!


    “In the 18 years I’ve played Sharon, we’ve really gotten to watch her grow into the woman she is today. At this point, I think Sharon has started to identify her own real goals and who she really is.”


    “When I started having children on the show, it kind of started with Cassie. And then, when they told the story of Cassie dying, it was crushing as an actor because… man, I get choked up thinking about it. To see her laying in this bed telling this story that was so mature in the amazing way that she did it, it was – it hurt me.”