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White Heat is coming soon …

17 Feb

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Paula Milne’s new drama, White Heat, in which Jeremy Northam plays Edward (father of Sam Claflin’s character) will begin on 8 March, BBC 2, and will be previewed on The Review Show, BBC2, 2 March, 23.00.

The BBC Press Office have provided an outline for the first episode (don’t worry, no major spoilers):

Episode One, The Past Is A Foreign Country. Charlotte, an attractive woman in her 60s, arrives at a flat in Tufnell Park.

As a young woman she was one of seven students who lived in the flat, where one of them has recently passed away. Charlotte has been made executor of the will and the remaining five are due to arrive to help her sort through the flat.

As Charlotte starts work, old memories are ignited which return us to 1965, where we meet her as a 19-year-old undergraduate embarking on a journey of discovery, love and life.

We also meet the six other students at he moment they move into the Tufnell Park flat. Charlotte, Lilly, Alan, Jay, Orla, Victor and Jack are full of youthful expectation, forging intense friendships and – in some cases – becoming bitter adversaries, in these first months of living together.

It’s the end of the post-war era, Winston Churchill has died and the world is changing rapidly, particularly for the girls with the arrival of the contraceptive pill. Charlotte and art student Lilly find the strength to defy their parents and fight for the futures they want, but Orla from Belfast is weighed down by the duty that she feels towards her impoverished family in Northern Ireland.

For all the flatmates, mutual and unrequited attractions segue into heady and potentially damaging sexual adventures, planting the seeds of future deceptions.

Finding their feet in a world where none of the old values apply is both empowering and daunting and it becomes clear that the decisions they make during these early months together will change the course of their lives. Charlotte finds herself irrevocably drawn to the volatile and charismatic Jack, a rebel angrily seeking a cause.

As we return to 2012 the older Charlotte is joined at the flat by one of the former flatmates. A bitter betrayal clearly took place between them in the past, and as a third flatmate arrives the complex history between them becomes painfully evident.

Cast: Charlotte (present day) played by Juliet Stevenson, Charlotte (1965-1990) played by Claire Foy, Jack played by Sam Claflin, Lily played by MyAnna Buring, Jay played by Reece Ritchie, Alan played by Lee Ingleby, Victor played by David Gyasi and Orla played by Jessica Gunning.

The first episode recently screened at the BFI to a very positive reception, the BBC tell me.

Here’s Paula Milne to introduce the series:

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And an interview with Sam Claflin, featuring a scene with Jeremy Northam (contains strong language).

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Interview with Sam Claflin who plays Jack in Wh…, posted with vodpod

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Happy New Year!

10 Jan

Happy New Year, Northam-watchers! And happy indeed it is to begin a year with upcoming projects to get excited about.

Jeremy is currently in rehearsals for Hay Fever, opening at the Noel Coward Theatre on 10 February and running for sixteen weeks (last night, 2 June). The full cast has now been announced, and stars Lindsay Duncan (Judith Bliss), Kevin McNally (David Bliss), Jeremy Northam (Richard Greatham) and Olivia Colman (Myra Arundel) are joined by Sam Callis (Sandy Tyrell), Freddie Fox (Simon Bliss), Jenny Galloway (Clara), Amy Morgan (Jackie Coryton) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Sorel Bliss). Howard Davies directs, with designs by Bunny Christie, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Mike Walker.

Tickets are selling fast, so if you haven’t booked yours yet, I’d get your skates on. You can book them direct from the theatre here (and via all the usual ticketing agents). Jeremy hasn’t graced a London stage since 2004 (Old Times, Donmar Warehouse) and there are many who thought perhaps he’d given up treading the boards, so this is a rare opportunity to see Jeremy air his Olivier Award-winning chops in public. In a comedy, too. For me, this is the stuff dreams are made of (literally!). If you can go, do!

White Heat, the other early 2012 treat in store, looks like it may be broadcast in March (the exact date, I’m told by the BBC, will only be confirmed two weeks prior to transmission, so could change). Happily, the BBC would like us to feature White Heat here at the blog, so look out for more information and pictures (oh yes!) next month.

A reminder:

White Heat is a new six-part drama series about the interwoven lives, loves and betrayals of seven characters whose relationships are forged in the white heat of the Sixties through to present day, written for BBC Two by award-winning writer Paula Milne.

Passionate, dangerous and compelling, the characters’ love stories and friendships are set against a backdrop that takes us from Wilson to Thatcher, feminism to the Falklands, hedonism to HIV – exploring the personal and political journeys which shaped their destinies to make them the people they are today.

White Heat stars Sam Claflin (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, United), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit, The Promise), Reece Ritchie (Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, Pete Versus Life), Lee Ingleby (Being Human, Inspector George Gently), MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga, Any Human Heart), David Gyasi (Red Tails, Murderland) and Jessica Gunning, with Jeremy playing the father of Sam Claflin’s character. It’s being billed as one of the BBC’s drama highlights for 2012.

And that’s all we know about for now … might there be more? If there is, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Gill

Jeremy Northam to appear in ‘Hay Fever’, February 2012

8 Oct

I hesitate to apply the overused ‘bus’ analogy, but really, it is the perfect choice in this instance. After a long break, we found out recently that Jeremy has been filming a new drama for BBC2 (White Heat), to be shown in 2012. And today, I have confirmation that Jeremy will be treading the boards for the first time since 2004 in a Howard Davies production of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever.

Kevin McNally

Howard Davies, like Jeremy, has links to the Bristol Old Vic (Mr Davies worked with them in the 1970’s and Jeremy trained there) and there’s a further link: he has worked extensively with the National Theatre, directing Jeremy in The Shaughraun in 1988.

At the moment, Kevin McNally is definitely confirmed as being involved, and unconfirmed reports link Lindsay Duncan and Olivia Colman to the production. Lindsay Duncan appeared in Davies’ successful production of another Coward play, Private Lives (co-starring Alan Rickman) in 2002.

Noel Coward

We think that Jeremy will be playing David Bliss. For those unfamiliar with the play, Hay Fever is a sparkling comedy, written in 1924 and first performed in 1925 at the Ambassadors and Criterion theatres. David Bliss is a retired novelist, his wife is a retired actress, and they have two children. The play revolves around a weekend during which the family, and their house guests, encounter a range of  arguments, misunderstandings and surprises with hilarious results and typical Cowardian wit. Based on Coward’s experiences of visiting the American actress, Laurette Taylor at her home (Laurette, apparently, didn’t confine her love of drama to the stage), Coward later said, in Present Indicative:

On Sunday evenings… we had cold supper and played games, often rather acrimonious games, owing to Laurette’s abrupt disapproval of any guest (whether invited by Hartley, Dwight, Marguerite, or herself) who turned out to be self-conscious, or unable to act an adverb or a historical personage with proper abandon. There were also, very often, shrill arguments concerning rules. These were waged entirely among the family, and frequently ended in all four of them leaving the room and retiring upstairs, where, later on, they might be discovered, by any guest bold enough to go in search of them, amicably drinking tea in the kitchen.
It was inevitable that someone should eventually utilize portions of this eccentricity in a play, and I am only grateful that no guest of the Hartley Manners thought of writing Hay Fever before I did.

When you read what Coward had to say about Hay Fever, in Play Parade, about the skill required for this play to be successful, then you can see what a treat it will be to see Jeremy in this production:

Hay Fever is considered by many to be my best comedy. Whether or not this assertion is true, posterity, if it gives it a glance, will be able to judge with more detachment than I. At any rate it has certainly proved to be a great joy to amateurs, owing, I suppose, to the smallness of cast, and the fact that it has only one set, which must lead them, poor dears, to imagine that it is easy to act. This species of delusion being common to amateurs all over the world, no word of mine shall be spoken, no warning finger of experience raised, to discourage them, beyond the timorous suggestion that from the professional standpoint, Hay Fever is far and away one of the most difficult plays to perform that I have ever encountered. To begin with, it has no plot at all, and remarkably little action. Its general effectiveness therefore depends upon expert technique from each and every member of the cast. I am very much attached to Hay Fever. I enjoyed writing it and producing it, and I have frequently enjoyed watching it.

I’m sure we will all enjoy watching it too. Of course, actors are notoriously changeable creatures, it is early days, and other projects may materialise which may take priority. I will, of course, keep you updated when I know more. But for now, this is wonderful news. To see an actor on stage is a rare and memorable experience.

by Gill

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