I got the news on Friday that I will be doing a new BBC Radio 4 drama which is going to be a Christmas Special. Very exciting….. and then…. I also got the go ahead on a new BBC T.V. Drama. I did audition for a different role but I didn’t get it, however, I was lucky enough to be offered another role in this production called The Outcast.
Source: The Knowledge News
The Outcast heading to BBC One
Sadie Jones’ award-winning novel The Outcast, is to become a two-part drama for BBC One
“It has been a long route to the big screen: Jones originally wrote it as a screenplay, which then became a best-selling novel, winning the First Novel gong at the 2008 Costa Awards.
The book segued back into a film script on the development slate at Blueprint Pictures, now responsible for bringing it to the BBC.
To be delivered as two feature length episodes, the drama is set in 50s Surrey and centres on 19 year-old Lewis Aldridge, the outcast to whom the title refers. Having just returned from prison, he has to deal with his mother’s drowning and his own alcoholism – laying bare a fractured life hidden beneath the world of the seemingly perfect English village”.
Shooting on The Outcast starts in late summer.
This week has been busy and yesterday, right after I finished my riding course, I got changed and jumped on a train to the WARNER BROS. DE LANE LEA STUDIOS in London.
I attended the screening of a short film I did about a year ago called The Keys which was directed by William Peschek – WEP FILMS (WEP Productions & WEP UK Productions) It was nice to meet up with everyone again and the film is off on the festival trail, I don’t know which ones yet but I will find out. The story is around a boy who seems to have special powers.
Yesterday, I finished a 4 day course to improve my riding. We did quite a lot of training indoors and we also went on several hacks in the forest at Trent Park in Hertfordshire. It was really good fun and I really liked Byron, my allotted pony. He was a bit of a character and if you look closely at the picture, you will see he has a little moustache and he kept sticking his tongue out. The weather was great too, we had sunshine every day and it was very tiring but still enjoyable.
I had a great time recording CHARLES II , where I play Prince Charles as a boy, in the first episode of this new drama. The first episode goes out on the 10th August at 3.00 p.m . I am really looking forward to hearing it.
Charles II, Part One: Through the World in Various
- Duration: 58 minutes
- First broadcast:
Sunday 10 August 2014
Charting the early life of Charles II, as a young boy in the court of his father and during the Civil War, his life in exile during the interregnum, and later his failed attempts to regain the crown. When news finally reaches him of Oliver Cromwell’s death, Charles plots his return once more.
Directors: Marc Beeby & Sasha Yevtushenko.
- Charles Jamie Parker
- James Will Howard
- Kenelm Digby Paul Hilton
- Hyde Michael Bertenshaw
- Young Charles Adam Thomas Wright
- Brodie Clive Hayward
- General Monck Alun Raglan
- Secretary Matthew Watson
- Colonel David Cann
- Director Marc Beeby
- Director Sasha Yevtushenko
- Writer Mike Walker
On Saturday I went to Manchester to the screening of Harriet’s Army, a three part World War 1 drama. The three episodes were spliced together to make a 90 minute film. It was really great and I met up with the cast again which was was really nice as we had a good time together making the drama. The first episode will be on CBBC at the beginning of August so make sure you lookout for it.
Here are some pictures from behind the scenes:- It was pretty cold during filming!
For details of the full cast go to:-
Signing posters at the screening and group photo with Josephine Ward, the Executive Producer CBBC , standing behind me.
I can’t wait to see the finished film, it is going to be very exciting. It is a spooky tale and ‘my family’ go through lots of troublesome times. It will be on general release at the end of the year.
I had a great time making this film in Yorkshire and everybody from the Director, actors, crew and to the people working at the Best Western in Boroughbridge, they were all fantastic.
I went to the London Comic Con convention yesterday at London’s Earl’s Court and it is the first time I have been. It was really great and I was surprised how many people were there. The inside and outside was packed and many, many people dressed up for the occasion. It was funny on the underground too as there were lots of people dressed up in fantastic costumes and of course, being London, nobody took a blind bit of notice. Anyway, here is my report on the show. Have a look.
I tried to buy this poster at The Gadget Show Live at the NEC Birmingham but they sold out, so I was in luck and managed to get it yesterday. Assassins Creed: Black Flag.
Yesterday we turned up at school dressed as Batman villains. The picture shows, left to right, Jamie, Me, George, Romario and Jake. It was a no uniform day at school and you can imagine the look on our teachers faces when we turned up like this. They liked it though. Kris Rich, our resident photographer, took the photos. KrisRichPhotography
Photos by Kris Rich