Temple starring Daniel Mays, Mark Strong, and Carice van Houten premieres tonight at 9PM on Sky One! All episodes will be available online via NowTV shortly after episode one airs. The remaining episodes (eight in total) will follow weekly on Friday evenings at 9PM on Sky One and be available on catch-up.

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Temple Interview- Daniel Mays


Daniel Mays talks Temple:

How would you describe Temple tonally?

It reminds me of the Cohen brothers, Three Billboards, that sort of thing – it has that temperature to it. It’s slightly off-centre and has a quirkiness because Mark O’Rowe, the writer, has that dark humour that runs through it. I try and tell people it’s about an operating theatre underneath Temple tube station and they go, ‘Um, what do you mean?’. There are elements of it that are a thriller, but you can’t categorise it – there is a thriller aspect, there is a love story at the heart of it with Daniel and his wife. It is not apocalyptic or anything like that. It is a normal contemporary world. It’s a high concept show, though.

Can you describe Lee?

Lee is into ‘prepping’ because he works for an underground network, and his job gives him access to all of this underground space. He would much rather exist underground anyway, and so this is like his dream world, that he can set up this huge bunker underneath Temple tube station and be self-sufficient and grow his own food, stockpile all the materials and supplies he needs. He is a completely bonkers character in many ways, but I have loved playing him. He is insular but quirky and funny at the same time. It’s hilarious to do.

What exactly is prepping?

I didn’t know anything about prepping – I did some research. Lee is adamant he is a prepper, not a survivalist; apparently, they are very different things. It’s that feeling of thinking the world is going to end at any given moment and you should be prepared for that. It’s very nihilist, and he comes out with all this stuff about chaos theory and all this waffle.

Is he quite comedic?

Yes, in terms of the humour we have played it completely straight: it’s the circumstances, and situations he finds himself in that are funny. He meets this girl, Céline, who is an old school friend he falls head over heels in love with, but they’ve only gone on one date. He is temperamental at the same time and can fly off the handle and be quite pedantic about everything. He tends to make the wrong decisions.

How do Lee and Daniel end up working together?

Lee comes to him initially in the canteen of the hospital as he’s got a friend who needs a hernia operation but doesn’t want to go through conventional channels for whatever reason. Lee approaches Daniel and says, ‘Look I have a private space, I have access to equipment, can you help,’ but Daniel shuts it down. He advises him not to get involved in shady dealings like that, and then the story unfolds, Daniel needs a private space away from prying eyes. The first person who pops into his head is Lee, and that is where their working relationship kicks off.

What’s the relationship like between Daniel and Lee?

It is a great central partnership because they’re like an odd couple, and in any other walk of life, they wouldn’t be connected in any way. It just so happens that Daniel is a surgeon, and he treated Lee at the beginning of the story. They like one another because Lee comes out with all this chaos theory, and Daniel can respond to that. In any other walk of life, they wouldn’t be friends because they are different characters, different personalities, different class – everything. Yet in the bunker they are co-dependent, and Daniel needs the bunker for reasons you’ll see, and to make money, whereas Lee is on the dark web, he is a blogger, and that is where the criminality aspect comes into it.

Do we learn why he is the way he is?

The story is so well written, and obviously, Mark O’Rowe is a playwright, and you can really see that when you’re working on the scripts. Initially, Lee is in the hospital because he has tried to kill himself, so he is prone to depression and has driven himself into a wall, hence why he has this small scar on his face, he has gone through the windscreen, and that is hinted at. It will pose lots of moral questions for the audience, won’t it? Yes, that is what is great about the writing as well; in terms of your moral compass, it is about how far can you push it. It becomes quite macabre and dark, and there is a gruesome element to it as well. It’s not a medical drama at all, but there are elements of that. There is an emergency spleen operation in the first episode, and Lee is entirely out of his depth helping.

How are you with the prosthetics and fake blood?

I am okay with all of that; the people they got in to do all of that are top drawer. In his surgery scene, Tobi had half a body because his legs were hidden under the table, which was so weird to look at. The audience will love those scenes and key to the whole show is this sort of mismatch of people that live in this bunker – it is its own character the bunker, and so we want the audience to really like these characters. They are morally questionable, and that gets worse as it goes on, but if you’re with them, then you’re going to go on that journey.

Did you enjoy working with Mark?

He’s a tremendous actor and the loveliest bloke you’ll ever meet. It is great when you work with people you greatly admire, and you look at them, observe them and see how they work. It’s not rocket science to see why he has got where he has because he is 1) brilliant 2) professional and 3) a nice guy.

Your careers are not dissimilar, are they?

He works in America more than me, that is the box I need to tick, but he is brilliant in this part. He is so minimal when he acts, and that is a great difference between the two characters. I am quite manic.

How have you got on personally?

Brilliantly and with his wife Liza as well who is our exec producer. They have two sons, and they’re roughly the same age as my boy, Mylo. Halfway through shooting, I went to Lapland for Christmas. I was at Gatwick phoning the cab company on the way back when my wife Lou was like, ‘Look, there’s Mark.’ They were coming back from Madrid at the same time, so the kids all met each other at Gatwick Airport! What are the odds of that?

Tell me about Jamie, how does he fit into the picture?

It is hinted that Lee’s parents were foster parents who took in impoverished children. I speak about Jamie’s mum being a drug addict, as that is where they’ve had history. But Jamie’s gone down the wrong path and gets involved with this wrong crowd and in this bank robbery. That’s another interesting subplot, him and Michelle having a baby because he has to go into hiding in the bunker. As the series develops, both his girlfriend and the police are hunting him down.

Do you do many stunts in this?

Oh my gosh, I had to do one stunt which was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. There is a moment with Cormac, this mad Irish patient that we bring down and tie to the bed. I let him go, he grabs me, and I must move away from him, but there is this huge sewage pipe hanging from the roof. I knock myself out. It was a nightmare to do because it was a real pipe and they strap a load of padding onto it, but because I was going backward into it, I was going into it completely blind. I also have a punch where I put my hand through glass, and in another scene, I’m tortured by Craig Parkinson, who’s my former flatmate. We used to live in Crouch End together. That was an exhausting day. We didn’t hold back; we went for it! I have complete trust in Craig, and we knew how far we could push it. There was a stunt coordinator there, but you can’t fake it. You have to throw yourself into it, within reason. I have such admiration for all stuntmen when they put their neck on the line. It can be quite dangerous.

What do you think of the bunker set?

They utilised the space brilliantly. This set is one of the best sets I’ve been on. Not only its scale, because the actual room in there is as big as the Bond stage, it is massive, but the actual build. Our designer has done an amazing job; it’s an amazing thing to act in because the centre of it is like a stage, it is quite theatrical, so that is great. The location stuff has been great too. We’ve been to Paddington overground station, and Aldwych underground station too. It is so dusty down there but very atmospheric. I think it will be a very atmospheric show. They have the budget and the gadgets to realise the scripts and bring it to life.

If you ended up in an underground bunker, would you survive?

No, I would be absolutely useless! I can only just make beans on toast. I don’t know how well I would get on. I’d need my wife with me to sort me out. Bloody hell, I’m coming across like Harry Redknapp!

Who and what would you take down there with you?

I’d need a record player. I am getting into vinyl just lately. Where would we be without music? And old photographs. And alcohol! The older I am getting, the more solitude I like. But I would take my family, that’s a given.

Temple airs Fridays at 9PM on Sky One beginning 13 September.

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BGC Charity Day

Daniel Mays took part in the BGC Charity Day at Sunrise Brokers in London. Danny was representing the wonderful charity Haven House Children’s Hospice.

Every year, Cantor Fitzgerald and their affiliates, BGC Partners and GFI Group, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, commemorate their 658 friends and colleagues and 61 Eurobrokers employees who perished on September 11, 2001 by distributing 100% of their global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world. Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $159 million globally. Each anniversary is a poignant occasion for the company. Charity Day is their way of turning a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting by helping others.

Scroll through the below images of Danny from the 2019 BGC Charity Day at Sunrise Brokers in London:

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Temple – Press Updates


Temple premieres in one week on Friday 13 September on Sky One at 9PM! All episodes will be available online on the 13th as well.

We cannot wait for everyone to see this incredible series starring Daniel Mays, Mark Strong, Carice van Houten, and Craig Parkinson.

Ahead of the premiere Daniel Mays is scheduled to appear at press events:

Monday 9 September:

BBC Radio 6 Music interview recording

Series Linked podcast with Emma Bullmore and Mark Jeffries

AOL Build London 

BFI preview event at 8:15PM – tickets still available!

Tuesday 10 September:

Sky News- Sunrise 

Steve Allen LBC (will be available later on the podcast if you miss it)

Wednesday 11 September:

BBC The One Show along with Mark Strong

Thursday 12 September:

BBC Radio 6 Music – tune in from 1PM

Magazine And Newspaper Interviews:

Radio Times feature article

Sunday Times ‘Daniel Mays is possibly the only British actor who could play this part and inspire a strange blend of terror and affection’

Daily Mail


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Temple – Premieres 13 September

Just under three weeks to go until Temple premiers on Sky One!

Daniel Mays stars with Mark Strong and Carice van Houten in this darkly comic thriller.

Deep below the streets of London, descending past Temple tube in the beating heart of the city, lies a dark secret. An illegal clinic has been set up in an abandoned subterranean network of tunnels.

Daniel (Mark Strong) is a surgeon driven by personal tragedy to treat anyone who is willing to pay for medical help outside the system. Aided by Lee (Daniel Mays), a disgruntled transport employee, and Anna a guilt-ridden medical researcher, they treat a variety of increasingly desperate and highly dangerous patients, as Daniel’s morality is tested to the limit.

Temple is a story of fate, chaos and consequence and asks how far you would go to save the person you love.

Premiering at 21:00 on Friday 13 September and with all episodes available online at Sky


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Life on Mars & Ashes to Ashes – Back on BBC iPlayer!

The BBC has gone back in time with Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes! The two critically acclaimed hit TV series are back on iPlayer for the next 12 months.

Daniel Mays stars as DCI Jim Keats in series 3 of Ashes to Ashes.

Life on Mars

Ashes to Ashes

We hope that you will watch from the beginning!

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Temple – Premieres Friday 13 September

Temple premieres on Friday 13 September on Sky One! Daniel Mays stars with Mark Strong, Carice van Houten, and Craig Parkinson.

What is Temple about?

Daniel played by Mark Strong, is a surgeon driven by personal tragedy to treat anyone who is willing to pay for medical help outside the system. Aided by Lee a disgruntled transport employee, played by Daniel Mays, and Anna a guilt-ridden medical researcher played by Carice van Houten, they treat a variety of increasingly desperate and highly dangerous patients, as Daniel’s morality is tested to the limit. Temple is a story of fate, chaos and consequence and asks how far you would go to save the person you love.

Heartfelt and darkly comic, the thriller is adapted by Mark O’Rowe from the critically acclaimed Norwegian drama series Valkyrien, Temple will be produced by Hera Pictures for Sky.

Check out the trailer:

The BFI has a preview event for the first two episodes on Monday 9 September. Tickets are still available.

Tune in to Sky One, Sky HD, and online on Friday September 13th for this incredible series!

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1917 – First Trailer

The first trailer for the epic World War I Film 1917 was released today:

Synosis from official website: Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917.

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, The Rhythm Section; associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, Rocketman; Black Swan).

The film is produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures. Universal Pictures will release the film domestically in limited release on December 25, 2019 and wide on January 10, 2020. Universal and Amblin Partners will distribute the film internationally, with eOne distributing on behalf of Amblin in the U.K.

The film’s cast is a who’s who of acting talent including Daniel Mays, Andrew Scott, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, RIchard Madden, and many others.

This is certainly one of the most anticipated film releases of 2019.

Released on Christmas Day, 2019 in the USA and 10 January 2020 in the UK.

More updates to come!

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Fisherman’s Friends DVD/Digital Debuts at #1!

We are so happy to report that Firsherman’s Friends has had a smashing first week release via DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms!

Fisherman’s Friends sails straight to Number 1 on the Official Film Chart

 Fisherman’s Friends reels in the Number 1 spot on the Official Film Chart, knocking Captain Marvel to second place in what was an extremely close race.

The biographical comedy-drama based around the story of the major label-signed, sea shanty-singing group comes in at the top of the chart. The official soundtrack for the film spent three weeks in the Official Singles Chart Top 40 upon the film’s release in March, becoming the band’s third Top 40 collection.

The second brand new entry this week, on digital downloads only, is Alita: Battle Angel (3); starring Rosa Salazar & Christoph Waltz. Based on a 1990’s manga, it follows a revived, amnesiac cyborg as she sets out on a quest to find out who she was in her past life.

Previous Number 1 Fighting With My Family drops two to Number 4, while Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse hangs on at Number 5. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World falls two to Number 6.

Thanks to the on-going success of Toy Story 4 in cinemas, the original Toy Story claims a fourth consecutive week in the top tier at 7; Bohemian Rhapsody climbs two to 8; Ant-Man And The Wasp flies 16 to Number 9, and finally, Toy Story 3 drops to Number 10.

Fisherman’s Friends is now available to on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms.

Thanks to BASE.org for the fantastic news today!


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