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500 Reasons

Hey good people,

My friend Joe Sims is launching a really lovely scheme where 500 people give £1 a week and EVERY WEEK they use the £500 towards a good cause of our choice.

I am one of the administrators of this scheme and can add you to the page if you would like to join.

If you sign up to give your £1, you are able to nominate who the £500 might go to, so you can help support causes that are important to you. The causes can be anything from an individual in need to a charity or an organisation and they roll over each week.

If you want to get involved, please just send me a message and I will get in touch via direct message with the details on how to set up your direct debit and invite you to the group where you can hear about the weekly good causes.

Hurry because the first week is next week. Lets do something good and nice once a week.
Please help if you can.

Ray.

By |February 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

Broadchurch 3

ITV1, Monday February 27th. Enjoy if you can.

By |February 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

The Split

From BAFTA and Primetime Emmy award-winning writer Abi Morgan (River, Suffragette, The Hour) and BAFTA winning executive producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, River, Humans) comes The Split, a new original drama series for BBC ONE produced by Sister Pictures.

The Split examines the fast paced circuit of high-powered female divorce lawyers through the lens of three sisters – Hannah, Nina and the youngest, Rose. Hannah and Nina are leading divorce and family law lawyers working for rival firms, whilst Rose is still searching for her place in life.

Creator and writer Abi Morgan said: “As Robin Williams once said ‘Divorce is expensive…Like ripping your heart out through your wallet.’ The Split exposes the complex realities of high end divorce and broken marriage through female divorce lawyers and sisters embattled and bound by their own troubled past. I am delighted to be working with the aptly named Sister Pictures, continuing the creative partnership Jane Featherstone and I built together on Tsunami, The Hour and River. I can’t think of a better home for it than with Charlotte Moore and Lucy Richer and am delighted to bring this lively and unseen world to the BBC.”

The Split is set in London, the divorce capital of the world, where competition for clients is fierce. Over the course of the series personal and professional lives intertwine as we encounter a surprising array of cases, scandalous affairs and big figure settlements in a drama that examines the very fabric of 21st century marriage, the meaning of commitment and the nature of the ever-changing idea of family.

Jane Featherstone, Executive Producer and Founder of Sister Pictures, said: “I couldn’t be happier that Sister Pictures’ first green-light is a fabulous Abi Morgan series [...]

By |February 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

My Design Decisions

In 2012, 2 years after I designed the first series of Doctor Who featuring Matt Smith I was asked to design a new series called Broadchurch starring David Tennent and Olivia Colman, it was hard to make, emotional and I was completely involved with all the characters.  It was a huge hit, we didn’t know it would be, but I had also said that I would do three series, the trilogy that Chris Chibnall had in his head.

In the meantime, I had been making what I would call my social conscience drama. Things like, Silk, Law and Order and Code of a Killer. These dramas deal with controversial things like gang rape, racism, misogyny, false arrest and miscarriages of justice, they deal with human things and reflect the society we live in. I love that.

I also kept my hand in with Wizards Vs Aliens, so a little bit of fantasy with green screen and adventurous characters and then returning to do the 10th series of Doctor Who with Peter. I loved every minute of that series and intended to go back and make another series. Straight after the Who Festival I started designing Apple Tree Yard which was another one of my social conscience pieces but this one was based on a best selling novel, I loved it and I felt like I had the best of both worlds.

Then we realised that the dates for Doctor Who and the final instalment of Broadchurch were going to collide. I had to make a big decision and that decision wasn’t the obvious one. I had to go back to 2012 and remember the vow I made to see the Broadchurch trilogy through and the decision was [...]

By |December 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

The end of Broadchurch

So, we have finished the filming and apart from a few marketing photos, that’s it. The end of the story. The end of the Broadchurch family.

It was the most intense three series, sad, joyful, complicated, mysterious and thoughtful. A little slice of British coastal life. It was a joy and pleasure to work on and a privilege to be able to say I did the whole thing from the start to the end.

I turned down so many other great things in order to complete the story. I’m glad I stuck to my word.

I hope you all enjoy the final series when it broadcasts in 2017. It’s brilliant .

 

And now onto Liar…….brilliant scripts……..

 

 

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

Apple Tree Yard……coming soon to BBC1

By |September 23rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

And Next…..

The next thing I design the costumes for will be a six part series for ITV called Liar.
Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by James Strong.
This will shoot in the Autumn 2016 and Winter 2017.

Summer is filming the final series of my beloved Broadchurch.

By |July 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Here’s a link to the first trailer for the BBC Shakespeare Festival 2016. Includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream which we filmed last October at Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff straight after filming the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
Watch out for The Dream coming soon.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03r52cd

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-05-05/russell-t-davies-a-midsummer-nights-dream-a-stunningly-bold-and-risky-reimagination-for-the-doctor-who-generation

By |April 15th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

BC 3. Here We Go. The last in the trilogy.

New cast members for Broadchurch 3 announced ahead of filming of the final series

Award winning drama Broadchurch resumes filming in Dorset this summer with an impressive ensemble cast confirmed to appear in the third and final series.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller with Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan returning to play Beth and Mark Latimer.

They will be joined by National Television Award winner Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell along with Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley who take significant roles in the eight part series to be co-produced for ITV by Kudos, Imaginary Friends and Sister Pictures.

Arthur Darvill also returns as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

The new series will herald a brand new case for Miller and Hardy with the detectives reuniting to investigate a serious sexual assault.

“This is the final chapter of Broadchurch,” said Chris Chibnall. “We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.”

The series explores the consequences of a serious sexual assault as a Dorset community comes under the scrutiny of Hardy and Miller’s investigation. Based on a year of research with Dorset-based organisations who specialise in dealing with victims of sexual assault, and police advisors who specialise in investigating crimes of sexual violence, Broadchurch’s final chapter looks at the emotional cost to all of those involved and the irreparable damage to friendships and relationships.

ITV’s former Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned [...]

By |April 12th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

The Decision

I had to make a sad decision between two of my best loved programmes, Broadchurch and Doctor Who.

Four years ago I told the Broadchurch executives I would do the new series with them, it was a trilogy, a story about a community dealing with the murder of a child. In the meantime, lots has happened, I have designed Silk, Wizards Vs Aliens, Code of a Killer and I went back to design another series of Who.

And so, the two programmes have collided, both being shot at the same time this year, I thought that I may possibly be able to do both together, but that’s not fair on either myself or each of the programmes. They are both great but in very different ways and they both have the best, amazing cast and crew.

The decision is made and it isn’t a career move, but I feel I cannot let go of Broadchurch, it’s the last series and I want to be the designer who did the whole lot. I have just had a brilliant year designing Doctor Who and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it was amazing, but I have to honour my past commitments and finish Broadchurch.

What a heart breaking decision to have to make, it’s done, I’m designing Broadchurch and so far everyone understands the choice and the decision. This doesn’t mean I will never design Who again,I would have done it this year if I wasn’t already committed, I hope Who asks me to return at some point. Broadchurch is all me, it’s a hand crafted, brilliantly conceived and subtlety designed piece which I cannot let go and I have to finish.

Now time to breath!

By |February 17th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|