14 June: Fantastic interview with Peter Wight from The Stage. 10 June 2015 – More photos from The Red Lion press photo call at the Dorfman Theatre on 9 June 2015 (via photographer Elliott Franks). And photographer Alastair Muir.
– Curtis Brown article on Daniel Mays’ National Theatre debut this evening in The Red Lion.
Exciting news today that Daniel Mays has been cast as Private Joe Walker, the well known Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard spiv, or rather “Wholesales Supplier”, in the upcoming Dad’s Army film!
The stellar cast includes Catherine Zeta Jones as a journalist reporting on the Home Guard, Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Bill Nighy as Sgt. Wilson, Blake Harrison as Private Pike, along with Mark Gatiss, Michael Gambon, Sarah Lancashire and others.
“It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.”
The beloved BBC series aired from 1968-1977 and still brings in 2 million viewers whenever it’s shown on BBC2.
Filming on Dad’s Army commences very soon in Yorkshire.
Daniel Mays is telling me about the periwig. For his role as the diarist Samuel Pepys in a new four-part ITV drama, The Great Fire, based on the true events of the fire that swept through London in 1666, he wears an extraordinary Gaga-esque confection of auburn curls. “Oh man, this thing was waiting for me in the makeup truck,” he laughs. “It’s one of those things where you have to leave your vanity at the door and embrace it…
ITV continues their extraordinary coverage of the World War One Centenary with The People’s Story
The press pack includes a lovely interview (begins page 7) with Daniel Mays who portrays Reg Evans Corporal 1st Hertfordshire Regiment.
The extraordinary stories of ordinary people whose lives were transformed during the First World War will be told in their own words in a landmark new series for ITV, made in partnership with Imperial War Museums
Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914, the experiences of men and women, young and old, from across Britain and the social classes that divided society at the time, are vividly brought to life in 4×60 series The Great War: The People’s Story, produced by Shiver [ITV Studios].
Episode 1: Sunday 10 August at 9PM (Starring Daniel Mays)
Episode 2: Sunday 17 August at 9PM (Starring Daniel Mays)