Daniel Mays

The Interrogation – Channel 4

Filming has begun on Channel’s 4 The Interrogation starring Daniel Mays and Steve Pemberton (Inside Number 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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Daniel Mays – Working Class Heroes

Daniel Mays discusses Working Class Heroes in today’s Independent.

Ticekts for the BFI’s Working Class Heroes event this weekend 13 & 14 April are on are on sale now and include the 10th anniversary screening of Shifty and Q&A with Daniel Mays, Eran Creevy, and Jay Simpson.

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Against The Law – 2018 BAFTA TV Nomination

Congratulations to Against the Law on its 2018 BAFTA Television Nomination for Single Drama!

img_1374This critically acclaimed docu-drama first aired in the UK on BBC Two  in July 2017 as part of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season, Against the Law is an emotional look into lives of homosexual men in 1950’s and 1960’s Britain.

Against the Law is a powerful factual drama starring Daniel Mays, Richard Gaddand Mark Gatiss. Mays plays Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover, under pressure from the authorities, turned Queen’s evidence against him in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s – the infamous Montagu Trial. Wildeblood, and his friends Lord Montagu and Michael Pitt-Rivers, were found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed. But the public thought the trial unfair and forced a reluctant government to set up a committee to investigate whether homosexuality should be legalised. The committee was led by Sir John Wolfenden. With his career in tatters and his private life painfully exposed, Peter Wildeblood began his sentence a broken man, but he emerged from Wormwood Scrubs a year later determined to do all he could to change the way these draconian laws against homosexuality impacted on the lives of men like him. He was the only openly gay man to testify before the Wolfenden committee about the brutal reality of being gay in this country at that time. In 1957 the committee recommended that the laws be changed. It would take a further ten years before these recommendations would become law.

Woven through this powerful drama is testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their ‘condition’. There is also testimony from a retired police officer whose job it was to enforce these laws and a former psychiatric nurse who administered the so-called cures. All these accounts amplify the themes of the drama and help to immerse us in the reality of a dark chapter in our recent past, a past still within the reach of living memory.

The BAFTA Television Awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 13 May and hosted by Sue Perkins.

Congratulations to Daniel Mays, Fergus O’Brien, Aysha Rafaele, the team at BBC Factual, and everyone involved in the making of this powerful drama.

Against the Law had it’s world premiere at BFI Flare in March 2017

Against the Law review roundup

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Swimming with Men – Sport Relief & First Look Trailer

This evening we had a first look at the Swimming with Men cast in action during BBC One’s Sport Relief (Our pool-heroes skit begins at the 1hr33min mark). They definitely made a splash (Telegraph).

Vertigo Films also released the first trailer for the film:

 

Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers, discovering that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, smooth out the bumps in his work and marriage. Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan (Charlotte Riley) slowly learn to reveal their inner lives, as well as their paunches. But can they get their lives and routines in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the World Championship?

Director: Oliver Parker
Written by: Aschlin Ditta
Cast: Rob Brydon, Adeel Akhtar, Daniel Mays, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Thomas Turgoose, Charlotte Riley, Jane Horrocks, Nathaniel Parker

The film is released in the UK this summer.

We will have more updates on this brilliant film in the run-up to its release.

With thanks to Vertigo Films and Aquabatix for the use of photos.

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2018 British Academy Television Craft Awards- Against the Law Nominated

It was announced today that Against the Law has been nominated for a BAFTA Television Craft Award for PHOTOGRAPHY & LIGHTING: FICTION:

 

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Against the Law is the critically acclaimed docu-drama first aired in the UK on BBC Two  in July 2017 as part of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season. Starring Daniel Mays as Peter Wildeblood, Against the Law is an emotional look into lives of homosexual men in 1950’s and 1960’s Britain.

Also nominated in three categories is World War One Remembered: Passchendaele in which Daniel Mays participated.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations for its annual British Academy Television Craft Awards honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent working in television. This year’s ceremony will be held at The Brewery, London on Sunday 22 April and will be hosted by Stephen Mangan.

Best of luck to Johann Perry and Against the Law!

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Mother’s Day

Daniel Mays is currently in production on the BBC single drama “Mother’s Day” a new factual drama for BBC Two about the events, aftermath and public response to the Warrington bombing of March 1993.  This 90 minute factual drama is directed by Fergus O’Brien (Against the Law).

From the BBC Press Site:

Filming has begun on Mother’s Day, a new factual drama for BBC Two about the events, aftermath and public response to the Warrington bombing of March 1993. Casting includes Anna Maxwell Martin, Vicky McClure, Daniel Mays and David Wilmot.

  • Casting includes Anna Maxwell Martin, Vicky McClure, Daniel Mays and David Wilmot
  • Filming is now underway in Belfast

Written by Nick Leather (Murdered For Being Different, Broken) Mother’s Day focuses on two ordinary women living either side of the Irish Sea, brought together in the wake of the tragedy.

Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, Good Omens) plays Wendy Parry, the mother of 12 year old Tim Parry who lost his life in the attack which left two boys dead and many others injured. Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, The Replacement) plays Susan McHugh, the Dublin mother of two so outraged by the loss of young life that she organised one of the largest peace rallies in Irish history, leading thousands through the streets in protest at the continued violence of the Troubles. Daniel Mays (Against The Law, Rogue One) will play Tim’s father Colin Parry, with David Wilmot (The Alienist, Black Sails) as Arthur McHugh. Further casting includes Simone Kirby and Conor Mullen.

Anna Maxwell Martin says: “I know that many will recall the bravery and dignity shown by the families affected by the Warrington bombings. It’s a real honour to be telling their story.”

Vicky McClure says: “Susan McHugh’s actions back in 1993 remain just as inspirational today as they were 25 years ago. I feel truly privileged to play her in this incredibly moving new film.”

Writer Nick Leather says: “As someone who grew up in Warrington and was on my way into town on the day of the bombing, bringing this astonishing story to the screen has been a career-long mission. Over the last year, I’ve been fortunate to work with a wonderfully supportive team at the BBC, including the director Fergus O’Brien, and have found the Parry and McHugh families to be even more inspiring than I did as a kid. I hope people are as moved and affected by this drama as we have been making it.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “It is with great power and poignancy that Mother’s Day looks at how the worst of tragedies can affect both those directly involved and communities further afield, inspiring them to act. We’re immensely proud to tell this story. ”

Patrick Holland, Channel Controller of BBC Two, says: “Nick Leather’s script takes us into the heart of a family’s grief whilst also following the extraordinary unwillingness to let another death be in vain. With the outstanding Anna Maxwell Martin and Vicky McClure this promises to be a remarkable and powerful film.”

Aysha Rafaele, Executive Producer for BBC Studios, adds: “From my previous work with Nick Leather and Fergus O’Brien, I can’t think of a better team to bring this powerful story to the screen. Working closely with the real families involved, Nick has written a remarkable script and it’s a real joy to assemble such a first rate cast to play these roles.”

Mother’s Day (1×90’) is produced by BBC Studios for BBC Two, and will be directed by Fergus O’Brien (Against The Law) and produced by Scott Bassett (Murdered For Being Different). It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two. Executive Producers are Tommy Bulfin for the BBC and Aysha Rafaele for BBC Studios.

Best of luck to the cast and crew as they begin filming this important factual drama.

Stay tuned for updates from filming.

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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.

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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BBC Sport Relief – Swimming With Men

We can’t wait to see Daniel Mays and the Swimming With Men crew in the pool for BBC’s Sport Relief on Friday 23 March!

Rob Brydon’s Swimming With Men

Comedian Rob Brydon brings us a hilarious sketch with the cast of his upcoming film, Swimming With Men. Prepare to be mesmerised as we watch the all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team show us what they’re made of for Sport Relief! A few of those joining Rob are actors Jim Carter, Thomas Turgoose, Daniel Mays and Rupert Graves.


BBC’s Sport Relief is the weekend, every two years, when the British public get active, have fun and raise cash to help people living tough lives both in the UK and around the world.

Tune in on Friday 23 March from 7PM to see the Swimming With Men crew’s performance.

BBC Sport Relief runs from 17-23 March online and on the BBC.

The film will be released in UK cinemas on 29 June 2018.

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Born to Kill – Royal Television Society Awards Nomination

It was announced earlier today that Born to Kill has been nominated for two Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards. Best Mini-Series and Best Actor for Jack Rowan.

Born To Kill aired  on Channel 4 in April 2017 and was a haunting four-part drama exploring the mind of Sam, a teenager on the verge of acting out suppressed psychopathic desires. As this chilling coming of age drama unfolds, decades of deceit are revealed and Sam’s family’s long buried past returns with a vengeance.

Starring Romola Garai (The Hour, Suffragette) and Daniel Mays (Made in Dagenham, Line of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars story,) as the single parents of two out-of-control teens, Born to Kill is the first commission for female writing duo Tracey Malone (Rillington Place) and first time TV writer and BIFA-nominated actress Kate Ashfield.

Born To Kill was directed by Bruce Goodison (Murdered By My Father, Doctor Foster).

It is executive produced by Jake Lushington (The Devil’s Whore) for World Productions (Line of Duty) and commissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Drama Beth Willis and Head of International Drama Simon Maxwell.

 

The RTS Awards ceremony is held Tuesday 20 March at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Congratulations on the two RTS nominations and best of luck to everyone involved with Born to Kill!

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Working Class Heroes at the BFI

Daniel Mays will be taking part in the BFI‘s Working Class Heroes event on Saturday, 14 April at BFI Soutbank in London. This will be a unique live celebration of working class screen talent – and the next generation.

A highlight will be the 10th anniversary screening of Shifty with Q&A session.

Actors appearing at the event are Daniel Mays, Vicky McClure (Line of Duty), Johnny Harris (Welcome to the Punch), Maxine Peak, and others.

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Booking opens 16 March at 11:30am

Shifty 10th anniversary screening and Q&A with Daniel Mays, Eran Creevy, and Jay Simpson.

BFI Southbank

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