The third episode of Keeping Faith saw Faith (played by Eve Myles) fighting against the local police force as well as trying to juggle her home and work life.Despite her husband’s strange disappearance, Faith was brought into the police station for questioning.The team claimed that Faith’s husband, Evan (Bradley Freegard) upped his life insurance shortly before leaving.But despite this, Faith was also fighting against something else in the show, as fans began pointing out something extremely distracting throughout the episode.One viewer on Twitter pointed out: “@BBC I’m loving #KeepingFaith but with the volume on full I’m still struggling to hear the dialogue.” [ . . . ]
Divorce drama The Split, cold case crime series Unforgotten, Spooks, Last Tango in Halifax and The River, how Nicola Walker became everyone’s favourite actorNicola Walker is unemployed. Not something you hear very often from a woman with an industrial work ethic who is currently one of the most employed actors on our screens and airwaves, having just wrapped the third series of ITV’s hit crime drama Unforgotten just as her hit BBC divorce drama The Split is recommissioned.
Yet “as of Friday afternoon last week, I’m unemployed,” confirms the Olivier award winning, Bafta nominated actor when we talk. “So I’ll be doing the school run and putting the correct sports gear in my son’s rucksack for a bit.” When she says ‘unemployed’, it’s more of a between jobs kind of thing, what the less industrious among us might regard as a well-deserved break. And Walker is pleased about the immediate work life balance for the next few weeks with her 11-year-old son Harry to look after while her actor husband Barnaby Kay appears in Home, I’m Darling, with Catherine Parkinson at The National Theatre in London. “It’s worked out very nicely. I finished and Barnaby’s got this play. If I had been still working we would have to juggle the basics, who’s going to pick our child up and things… So I’m happy doing that, but also looking forward to the next thing.” Walker talks quickly, then halts, then talks quickly again and in between you can almost hear the quick flash of her blinding smile down the phone as she modestly ascribes her success to “being lucky.” In fact she has worked consistently for the past two decades and her CV is prodigious [ . . . ]
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Harlots returns to Lightbox tomorrow with a second season full of intrigue, feminism and corset-ripping good times. The show is full of famous faces, but where have you seen them before?
Who is she playing? Margaret Wells! She runs a brothel in 18th century Britain, and her brutal upbringing working in Lydia Quigley’s brothel has turned her into a ruthless madame vying for survival. She’s ambitious, she’s intelligent, and she knows how to survive. Basically, she’s your new problematic feminist idol.Where have I seen her? If you spent the late nineties and early aughts hovering around independent cinema, and why wouldn’t you, you culturista you, then you’ll recognise her from arthouse classics Under the Skin, Jesus’ Son, Code 46 and my own personal favourite, Morvern Callar. If you’re more into the mainstream side of things, you’ll have seen her in Minority Report and as the begrudgingly sympathetic villain in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. She’s also done her dash in BBC-esque drama already, playing murderess Myra Hindley in Longford and a jewel thief in The Last Panthers.She’s kind of a big deal, is what I’m saying [ . . . ]
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Hit show’s writer “dazed” by the popularity of drama – staring Eve Myles – and her yellow raincoat.
The BBC Wales production has become the broadcaster’s most successful non-network drama in over 20 years.
It has attracted audiences of more than 300,000 on television, with about 9 million BBC iPlayer downloads.
A second series is in development, but has not yet been commissioned. The BBC has yet to confirm if the drama will be shown on network TV across the UK.
Matthew Hall, the Monmouthshire author responsible for the story, said the team behind the drama had been stunned by the audience reaction on social media.
He said: “We’ve all been kind of surprised and a bit dazed by it really.
“The wonderful thing about it is that the most you ever hope for as a writer, or indeed as an actor or director, is to forge an emotional connection with some of the audience. And that is what it seems to have done.
“I think we’re still trying to work out what that is, what they’re responding to.”
While the series has only been shown on television in Wales, audiences across the UK have been watching on the BBC iPlayer.
It has attracted celebrity support, particularly on social media, while the main character Faith’s yellow mac has prompted people with similar coats to post selfies. It even has its own Twitter account, and was worn by BBC Breakfast presenters to celebrate the show’s success.
The series, which was produced by Vox Pictures, was jointly commissioned by the BBC and S4C. It was first broadcast in Welsh with the title Un Bore Mercher on S4C.
Eve Myles learnt Welsh in order to appear in both the English and Welsh language versions of the series, while the action is set around the west Wales village of Laugharne.
Matthew Hall said he had attempted to capture Welsh traits in the show’s characters.
He said: “There’s a sort of Welsh way of conducting yourself which is different to the English way, and we tried to capture that.
“Certainly the Welsh bits of my family are far more emotionally expressive, are more inclined to tell you how they feel. They’re more Mediterranean in temperament almost, and I wanted Faith to be like that. To have this emotional honesty, so what she was feeling came out of her mouth almost.
“So she gives voice to all her insecurities, and to her anger, and I think the audience likes that about her.”
The programme was due to end its run on the iPlayer on 4 May, but the BBC extended its availability across the May bank holiday weekend following increased publicity for the show.