2018 Television

Porters

Daniel Mays has joined the second series cast of Porters on Dave.

Exclusive from The Sun:

The Line Of Duty actor will play Anthony in the second series of the sitcom with Edward Easton, whose character Simon thinks portering is a stepping stone to becoming a doctor – his true calling in life.

Daniel said: “I’m thrilled to be working on these hilarious scripts and joining the hugely talented cast of Porters series two.

“Not to mention re-teaming with the brilliant director Vadim Jean, who gave me my very first break, way back when.”

Porters was renewed for a second series in April for six episodes following it’s successful pilot run in 2018.

Starring: Daniel Mays, Edward Easton, Rutger Hauer, Susan Wokoma, Claudia Jessie, Jo Joyner, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Tanya Franks

Writer: Dan Sefton
Director: Vadim Jean

Lurking beneath St. Etheldreda’s hospital façade is a secret subterranean world. A world of endless corridors, party-throwing mortuary attendants, baton-happy security guards and legally blind laundry train drivers. This is the part of the hospital the public never gets to see – an underground community of hospital workers making the world above them run like clockwork(ish). Moving between the two worlds – the glue that binds everything together, the thin blue line between efficiency and chaos – are the porters. Whether it’s a urine sample, a complaining patient or a dead body – if it’s in St. Etheldreda’s, you’ll need a porter to move it.

Karma-loving, German born Tillman and black-market-Chinese-Viagra selling Frankie rule the porters’ roost. But then along comes Simon. To their great amusement, he thinks portering is just a temporary stepping-stone to what he sees as his true calling in life – being a doctor. He’s actually ambitious and to top it all, he’s about to fall in love with Lucy, a nurse (who all porters know don’t date porters). For Frankie, there’s only one cure for this heady cocktail of delusion. To wind him up like a clockwork mouse.

Because in this strange parallel universe, with the battle-hardened but exhausted Dr Kelly, hypochondriac, recidivist patient Mark, highly mischievous, gameplaying transplant surgeon Mr Pradeep, and ruthless NHS manager Jane Bison, there’s just one big goal for the porters below the decks: getting away with it.

So, lie back, hop on the trolley and enjoy the ride as our porters try to steer the course of least resistance through the topsy-turvy medical seas of life and death.

Porters. An upstairs/downstairs medical comedy. With wheels.

We will have more updates on Porters soon!

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Urban Myths – Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy

Tonight’s the night! Daniel Mays‘ episode of Urban Myths airs on Sky Arts at 9PM.

Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy:
This is the re-imagined story behind The Sex Pistols’ infamous appearance on Bill Grundy’s show in 1976, a year before their legendary debut album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols was released.

The foul-mouthed encounter catapulted The Sex Pistols into the public eye and signaled the arrival of mainstream punk, while simultaneously destroying Grundy’s career – and all because of a last minute cancellation by Freddie Mercury.

Stars Daniel Mays, Steve Pemberton, Kieran Hodgson, and Kayvan Novak.

If you are a Sky subscriber you may already have access to watch this hilarious episode online via the SkyGo app. You can also watch the episode again over the weekend:

Thursday 31 May: 11:45PM SkyArts
Saturday 1 June: 11PM SkyArts
Sunday 2 June: 11:10PM Sky Atlantic

Danny also narrates Anarchy on Thames which is repeated on SkyArts:

Friday 1 June: 12:15AM
Saturday 2 June: 11:30PM
Sunday 10 June: 1:45AM

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The Interrogation – Channel 4

Filming has begun on Channel’s 4 The Interrogation starring Daniel Mays and Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9 and Daniel’s recent co-star in Sky Arts Bill Grundy vs. The Sex Pistols). Daniel Mays will portray DC Stuart Peters and Steve Pemberton will portray Tony Martin.

From Channel 4 Press:
Specialist Factual has commissioned from Story Films a 1 x 60 mins ground breaking factual drama The Interrogation (working title). Inside No 9 star and BAFTA winner Steve Pemberton (Happy Valley, Whitechapel, Benidorm) will play Tony Martin who was sentenced to life after shooting dead 16 year old burglar Fred Barras.

Alongside Pemberton will be Daniel Mays(Line of Duty, Born to Kill) and Stuart Graham (The Fall, Thirteen, Hunger). The drama is written and directed by David Nath for Story Films. Nath is the award winning filmmaker behind BAFTA-winning documentary The Murder Detectives and C4 drama The Watchman.

The Interrogation (working title) will offer up an account of the three days of police questioning following his arrest for shooting two burglars who broke into his farmhouse in 1999. At his trial Martin argued he had used reasonable force to defend himself and his property. His conviction provoked public outcry and the case became a national cause celebre.

Martin successfully appealed against his conviction. As a result it was reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and he was released from prison after serving three years.

Executive Producer Peter Beard said: “This is the missing part of an extraordinary story that captivated and divided the country. Finally we will hear exactly what Tony Martin told detectives in the confines of a police interview room just hours after he was arrested. For the first time it’s his own account in his words.”

Acting Head of Specialist Factual Rob Coldstream added “This thought provoking film sheds new light onto the Tony Martin story, illuminating an issue that touched a raw public nerve at the time and – as events surrounding the recent burglary case in London’s Hither Green demonstrate – continues to do so today.

Steve Pemberton continued; ‘”This is a fascinating story which divided public opinion at the time – and is currently even more poignant. Now we finally get to hear the account directly from Tony Martin, I’m looking forward to being part of such a ground breaking drama.”

Daniel Mays tweeted from the rehearsal room in London:

Commissioning Editors: Rob Coldstream and John Hay|
Producer: Kate Cook (The Watchman, Unspeakable)
Executive Producer: Jonathan Smith (24 Hours in Police Custody)Peter Beard
Production Company: Story Films

Also reported in The Sun on 23/4/18.

We will have updates on this new project soon!

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Sky Urban Myths: The Sex Pistols Vs. Bill Grundy

We are happy to announce that Daniel Mays will star in an episode of Sky Arts Urban Myths.

Daniel stars as Mike Housego in Urban Myths: The Sex Pistols vs. Bill Grundy

This is the reimagined story behind The Sex Pistols’ infamous appearance on Bill Grundy’s show in 1976, a year before their legendary debut album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols was released. The foul-mouthed encounter catapulted The Sex Pistols into the public eye and signalled the arrival of mainstream punk, while simultaneously destroying Grundy’s career – and all because of a last minute cancellation by Freddie Mercury.

Starring Daniel Mays (Mike Housego), Steve Pemberton (Bill Grundy), Kieran Hodgson (Malcolm McLaren), Kayvan Novak (Freddie Mercury) Frankie Fox (Johnny Rotten) and cast members from the National Youth Theatre. Written by Simon Nye. Directed by Simon Delaney. Produced by Spelthorne Community TV.

The eight episodes will be available on demand via the SkyGo and NOW TV platforms from Thursday 12th April, with the episodes broadcasting weekly from that day in a 9pm slot.

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Look for Daniel’s episode to air on Thursday, 31 May.

We will have more information on this episode of Urban Myths soon!

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