Big TV roles going to same actresses

Jane Horrocks
Jane Horrocks

An award-winning British TV and film actress has complained that British audiences are being short-changed, with the same crop of actresses being given leading roles again and again. Jane Horrocks,…

An award-winning British TV and film actress has complained that British audiences are being short-changed, with the same crop of actresses being given leading roles again and again.

Jane Horrocks, who starred in hit TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous and was nominated for both BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for her role in the film Little Voice told a UK audience:

“I think it’s a bit limiting for the audience to see the same crowd always coming on.

“I just feel sorry for the audience really that the commissioners and the producers are so short-sighted that they have to keep churning out the same people.”

Asked how she felt about big-profile actresses Olivia Colman (The Crown), Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) and Lily James (Downton Abbey, The Pursuit of Love) being regularly given the big TV roles, Horrocks replied: “And Sarah Lancashire.” (Happy Valley)

Horrocks added: “They do an amazing job and if they’re being offered the roles then, of course, you take them.

“There are a lot of actors out there who could bring something new to one of those roles, unexpected.”

Her comments come on the same weekend an open letter was signed by more than 100 actors and public figures, including Keeley Hawes, demanding the appearance on screen of more women aged 45 and over, in a fight against “entrenched ageism” across the industry.

Horrocks revealed in an interview with the Independent newspaper several years ago that for her personally this isn’t a problem. She said: “When I went to drama school, I played all the old people there, so ageism doesn’t come into it for me because I’ve always played old people and young people.

“Actually, I feel that my career seems to have been getting a bit more enriched by becoming older in that new opportunities are arising because of my age… But it is obviously there and present. I accept that it is an issue.”

Source: British Actress Says Audiences Are Being Short-Changed, With Big TV Roles Always Given To Olivia Colman, Lily James, Sarah Lancashire

Hobbledehoy favorite ‘Last Tango In Halifax’ final season now on PBS

PBS is going back to Halifax one last time. The final season of British comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax premieres Sunday, Sept. 20.

The new season of Last Tango in Halifax picks up several years after viewers last saw Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid). Now seven years into their marriage, they’re settled into a lovely home, but there are some problems in their new abode. Political clashes, a new job for Alan, and other issues create tension in their household. Meanwhile, Celia’s daughter, Caroline (Sarah Lancashire), gets emotionally embroiled at work, while Alan’s daughter Gillian (Nicola Walker) faces trouble with a giraffe at the farm. To complicate matters, Alan’s brother, Ted (West) has arrived from New Zealand for a visit, but it turns out he only bought a one-way ticket.

In addition to airing on PBS stations, new episodes of Last Tango in Halifax will be available to stream for free on and the PBS video app for 30 days after their initial broadcast.

The previous three seasons of Last Tango in Halifax are currently streaming on Netflix.

Source: ‘Last Tango In Halifax’: Final Season Premieres Sept. 20 on PBS

The Accident review – echoes of Grenfell in devastating disaster drama

Sarah Lancashire stars in Jack Thorne’s sweeping, harrowing look at how the aftershock of a disaster ripples out into people’s lives

Apart from the explosion, The Accident (Channel 4) is very quiet. Hairdresser Polly (Sarah Lancashire) doesn’t even shout when she finds her 15-year-old daughter Leona’s latest one-night stand still in her bedroom. She just flings his clothes at him, notes that Leona (Jade Croot) is underage and that he looks 28, and makes him jump out of the window. Then she takes herself off to the local charity run with her friends. They are walking, Polly’s best friend, Angela (Joanna Scanlan), says firmly.

So begins the new four-part drama by Jack Thorne, the unassailable powerhouse behind the likes of This is England, Skins, Kiri (in which Lancashire also starred) and the forthcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials. […] Continue reading

‘Last Tango in Halifax’ preview: New pics and story hints for fifth season 

The first photos have been released from the new season of Last Tango in Halifax. Created by Gentleman Jack writer

The first photos have been released from the new season of Last Tango in Halifax.

Created by Gentleman Jack writer Sally Wainwright, the BBC’s family comedy-drama series first aired seven years ago.

Last Tango tells the story of former childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia (Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid), who reunite in their seventies.

Four brand new hour-long episodes recently began filming in England, with all the main cast returning to reprise their roles, alongside Timothy West as Alan’s brother Ted.

The official story synopsis for Season 5 reads: “Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid) are now seven years into their marriage but, having moved into a desirable bungalow with stunning views across the Calder Valley, they aren’t quite seeing eye to eye.

“It isn’t just their differing politics that’s a source of tension; Alan’s new supermarket job brings an unexpected challenge in the form of a wild local lad, and at Far Slack Farm, Gillian (Nicola Walker) faces trouble with a giraffe.

“Meanwhile John (Tony Gardner) is back on the scene, and Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) finds herself entangled in an emotional debacle with someone at work.

“Into all of this jets Alan’s brother Ted (Timothy West) on holiday from New Zealand. But it turns out he’s only bought a one-way ticket… and he hasn’t come alone.”

The show’s creator and writer Sally Wainwright commented: “Yet again the entire Last Tango cast has proved to be so wonderful together, so uplifting, heart-warming, touching and funny, as they explore Celia and Alan’s relationship further, under the brilliant breath of fresh air that Gareth Bryn’s direction has given them.”

The new season of Last Tango will air early next year on BBC One in the UK.

Source: ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ preview: New pics and story hints for fifth season – British Period Dramas