TV TALK

WITH TIM OGLETHORPE

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - YOUR TV WEEK -

W1A across the pond?

Watch out, Wash­ing­ton! Hugh Bon­neville has hinted his W1A char­ac­ter Ian Fletcher (pic­tured), the fic­tional Head of Val­ues at the BBC, could have a new ca­reer in the US cap­i­tal. Hugh says, ‘I spoke with W1A writer John Mor­ton – we dis­cussed Ian and the team go­ing over to sort out Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.’

Tom Cullen prefers play­ing vil­lain­ous Guy Fawkes (pic­tured) in BBC1 drama Gun­pow­der to Vis­count Gilling­ham in Down­ton Abbey. ‘It’s more my kind of role,’ he says. ‘Down­ton was an ex­per­i­ment and it wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily where I liked to op­er­ate as an ac­tor.’

Jes­sica Raine says she’s no fan of her char­ac­ter Ali­son’s deep sun­tan in The Last Post. ‘It looked fine on screen and re­flected the amount of time Ali­son [pic­tured] spends in the sun in Aden, but didn’t work so well off it,’ she ex­plains. ‘In real life, I ac­tu­ally looked kind of in­sane.’

BBC1’s up­com­ing quiz show Ready Or Not will pick on peo­ple at ran­dom to take part. Un­sus­pect­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic across the coun­try will be sur­prised while go­ing about their busi­ness, and in­vited by the hosts to com­plete chal­lenges on the spot, to win big. A source says, ‘They’ll need good knowl­edge or good nerves – it’s not just a ques­tion-based quiz.’

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