Here at Philip Glenister Fans we have taken full advantage of Sky's decision to show the first episode of Mad Dogs Series 3 a week early via their On Demand service and we now bring you our review of episode one. It is (mostly) spoiler free, but we will put it under a cut for those who don't wish to read. Suffice to say, it's a very good episode.
Mad Dogs returns to Sky 1 on Tuesday 4th June at 9pm. Sky’s On Demand users can get it from now via their Sky boxes.
Over the past few days there has been a raft of press coverage regarding the new series of Mad Dogs which is airing on 4th June. Thanks to the fantastic followers we have we are able to provide these articles for you and they can be found by following the links below. Beware some articles do contain spoilers.
28th May 2013 - TV Pick Magazine
The lads are back - and in even more trouble than ever
28th May 2013 - The Custard TV
Mad Dogs: Series 3 Preview
Luke from 'The Custard TV' gives his opinion on the first episode of the series 3 of Mad Dogs.
28th May 2013 - TV & Satellite Week
Dogs of War
The CIA is gunning for the four friends as Philip Glenister, Max Beesley, John Simm and Marc Warren return in a thrilling new series of Mad Dogs.
28th May 2013 - The Scotsman
John Simm & Philip Glenister on Mad Dogs’ return
Black comedy thriller Mad Dogs is back for a third series, stranger and funnier than ever. Sophie Herdman hijacks its big-name stars - Simm, Glenister, Max Beesley and Marc Warren - as they discuss friendship, spray tans and the advantages of growing old
25th May 2013 - Crime Time Preview
Mad Dogs Series Review
Crime Time Preview reviews the new series of Mad Dogs.
21st May 2013 - The Sun
Mad Dogs? We're more like the Beatles!
Mad Dogs actor Marc Warren compares his co-stars to the Beatles.
20th May 2013 - Cultbox
Mad Dogs Series 3 Preview
CultBox were lucky enough to attend last week’s third series première of Sky1’s Mad Dogs in London. Read their preview of the new series...
Earlier in the week we reported that Philip had competed in the BMW PGA Pro-Am competition in aid or Shooting Star CHASE. Well, on Saturday he returned to Wentworth to take in some golf and to be put through his paces in 'Cotter's Questions' alongside golfer Justin Rose.
BBC sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter interviewed both stars and they also took questions from the audience.
Thanks to Blaine Conway (@BlaineyC) we are able to bring you a short video of Philip answering two questions; one about 'Life on Mars' and one about the day in the life of an actor. We recommend viewing this video in full screen.
We are delighted to be able to bring you two new videos from the upcoming series of Mad Dogs.
The first is a second trailer which, be warned, contains more spoilers than the first one. The second is a preview clip from series 3, episode 4 in which tensions run high between the four-some as they discuss what could have been and whose fault it was that they have ended up where they are.
Both videos can be seen on our dedicated Mad Dogs Videos page. (Scroll down to series 3.)
On Wednesday, Philip joined a host of other celebrities to play in the Pro-Am curtain raiser to this week's PGA tournament at Wentworth in support of Shooting Star CHASE. Also present were Jamie Redknapp, Andrew Strauss, Chris Robshaw and Theo Walcott plus another Shooting Star patron Chris Evans.
The amateurs were challenged to take part in a ‘hit the green’ competition on the 14th hole, a tough, uphill par 3 in return for a donation to the charity, which was generously supported by all the players.
The winners of the competition were Ian Poulter, Ian Botham and Jamie Carragher and Ian Wright, with a five shot win and a total of 20 under par. Tied for second were the teams of 2006 BMW PGA Champion David Howell, and 2013 Open de Espana winner Raphael Jacquelin.
The event raised more than £150,000 for Shooting Star CHASE, with £20,000 coming from each professional golfer donating their appearance fees. Find out more about the fantastic work that Shooting Star CHASE does on their official website.
Sky have released the finalised press pack for Mad Dogs series three.
The press pack contains interviews with the four main stars plus Jaime Winstone. We have added Philip's interview to our Mad Dog's articles section, but beware it does contain spoilers so don't read if you don't want to know what happened.
The BMW PGA Championship has today announced the teams for Wednesday’s highly anticipated Celebrity Pro-Am competition taking place at Wentworth Club, Surrey in support of charity, Shooting Star CHASE.
Each professional golfer is teamed up with a celebrity (some with more than one!), and Philip has been teamed with German golfer, Marcel Siem who has been on the European Tour since 2002 and won their 'Golfer of the Month' in March this year.
There will be two sessions of play on Wednesday and Philip will be playing in the afternoon session, which is due to kick off at 13.30
Here are the teams for the afternoon session:
This year’s Celebrity Pro-Am will also see the introduction of a fun new rule: “Use Your Pro”. This new feature gives amateur players the opportunity to call on their professional team-mate to play them out of trouble. At least that is the theory! Each amateur is entitled to “Use Your Pro” once in the round and can call on their ‘Pro’ whenever they want; whether it be in an emergency, as the result of a wayward shot, or tactically, to get it up on the green on some of the longer, trickier Par Threes.
We're not really up on golf here at PhilipGlenisterFans but we hope Philip will not be at a disadvantage because he is on his own with a professional.
Philip and the rest of the cast of Mad Dogs appeared on Sky News Sunrise this morning, in an interview with Anna Jones after the press screening yesterday. We were only informed of this a few minutes before it happened so there wasn't chance to let you guys know. We can, however, bring you a photograph and a transcript of the interview.
AJ: Now the first series captivated viewers, earned critical plaudits and a BAFTA nomination. Well now it’s entering its third series and Mad Dogs is back. And they’re a great crowd, the cast of Mad Dogs; I met them yesterday, they’re four great actors, I met them in a fantastic cinema in London, caught up with them yesterday and this is what they said…
***cut to filmed interview***
AJ: So series 3 of Mad Dogs. Philip (who looked quite surprised to be called on first!) what do you think the secret of the longevity of this series is; what’s the appeal?
PG: Well… storytelling really; good writing, good acting. (With a cheeky smile) Can’t vouch for the others but…
AJ: You were friends already; you worked together in different combinations. Do you think that’s helped being convincing characters; that it comes across as more genuine?
JS: Well, we’re playing four friends so yeah, it’s definitely helped with the chemistry; you sort of get a lot for nothing from the off really if you know each other. I think it helps; there’s a lot that we don’t have to act. Erm, we’re playing four not particularly nice characters, so y’know that’s the only difference.
AJ: Well it’s interesting you should say that because my next question was going to be, 'do you identify with the characters?' Max? You are quite flawed characters? Do you find sympathies with them?
JS: Very flawed yes.
MB: Yeah we are flawed. I think out of the four, I think Woody’s characters the most… the nicest wouldn’t you say? (Everyone agrees) We started from a level of respect for each other and a little bit of love and by the end of this journey that we’ve all been on we’re…
PG: We’re all divorced.
MB: We really have become very, very, very close which is a rarity in the business which is great.
AJ: Is it because it’s quite an intense experience, the filming experience, working altogether?
MB: I think it’s more eating together.
PG: It’s actually very enjoyable. I think we’re all of an age, some older than others
MB: I’m the youngest.
PG: That y’know we’ve been through all the party animal stuff so it’s actually rather nice to…
MB: (laughing and looking at the others) You speak for yourself, kid
PG: (joins in with laughter) to just go out and have a nice meal.
MW: When this all started that was one of the main premises, what it’s like being a man turning forty, y’know? And we’re all… well three of us are in our forties
MW: One of us has progressed. But yeah, so that was the premise of the whole thing really and just the choices you make.
AJ: And didn’t the original ide come from something you came up with yourself?
MW: I had a meeting and I went in and I wrote a piece about four guys in a band and that kind of got shot out of the water really (everyone laughs) but the only two things I mentioned in it was that they were all turning 40, it’s like at the crossroads, which road do you take if you’re making choices and I also mentioned Majorca as I’d holidayed in Majorca and I really liked Majorca and I just thought it would be nice to film there and that was basically the only things they kept; the four of us and the Majorca idea.
AJ: What can we expect, John, from the next series, because you ended series 2 in a bit of a pickle?
JS: Yes. The first episode of series 3 goes in a completely different direction. It sort of knocks the first two series’ out of the water really. We end up in Cape Town and that’s what happened, we went from Majorca to Cape Town
PG: As you do
JS: (nods) As you do. Yes I think the end of series 2 we’d arrived in Morocco and…
MW: Yeah, we were in Ibiza weren’t we?
MB: Two is more of a road movie. One was quite concentrated I think that’s why it worked. It was quite smothering in a way, all the drama focused on the four of us with of course, Ben Chaplin, who was excellent in it. Then two becomes more of a road movie and then three I think we’ve got back to that again, the nucleus of the four chaps and their dilemmas. And it’s very exciting.
(Note: At this point, Phil is clearly distracted by something off camera… he’s looking away and looks quite pensive.)
AJ: And give me an idea of the filming, do you all live in the same house, cook for each other and go out together?
JS: No, we’d drive each other mad if we did that.
MW: We have different apartments.
JS: We live next door to each other.
MW: Max cooks for us. Max is the cook.
(Note: Phil seems to remember where he is and what he’s meant to be doing and refocuses his attention on the interview)
MB: I like cooking for the boys. It’s a great expression of love without going too far obviously (sniggers from the others).
MW: Without being weird.
MB: No we stayed in a beautiful Marina opposite the ‘One and Only’ and we’d very often… That’s the great thing and a reflection of how close we all were… on our days off where, normally on a job you’d just want to have your own inner sanctum and read and get away from everybody, we’d miss each other . Phil and I one day decided we were going to go to a winery, and it was probably one of the best days.
MW: You sort of fell in love really, didn’t you?
MB: We kind of fell in love at that point yeah and we’ve been together ever since. (Phil reaches over and takes Max’s hand)
JS: That was day one wasn’t it really?
MB: (holding Phil’s hand) Yeah, day one.
AJ: On that very beautiful note, we will leave it there but thank you all very much.
PG, JS, MW, MB: (Phil and Max still holding hands) Thank you.
***back to studio***
AJ: They were great. You don’t really think of Mad Dogs as being a romantic.
Other presenter: Not at all, not at all but when you’ve got a cast like that you can turn it into absolutely anything. I'm quite looking forward to this.
AJ: Yeah that’s right; they’re all class acts aren’t they? Fantastic stuff.
EDIT (18th May 2013, 14:15)
We can now bring you a video of the interview (copyright belongs to Sky News):
Today saw the first screening of the first episode of Mad Dogs series 3. The screening was held at The Electric Cinema on Portabello Road, London and also included a Q&A with the stars. From the comments on Twitter, the episode had a fantastic reception.
@Sky1insder was kind enough to tweet some highlights from the Q&A and here they are. Speaking about the characters, John Simm and Philip Glenister shared these thoughts.
'They're friends. They need each other and love each other more than they realise' - John Simm
'Quinn is the most removed in many respects. If anyone's going to start afresh he's the best equipped' Phil Glenister
Max Beesley commented on the job and how close the actors are in real life.
'We've been so fortunate with this job. There wasn't a day that we didn't pinch ourselves.We're incredibly close friends (in real life). We speak and email each other at least once a week - Max Beesley
Apparently, Max then went on to regale the audience with tales of his 'bromance' with Philip Glenister, but no specific details were given. The four of them also spoke about filming in Cape Town:
'Cape Town is such a beautiful city. It was nice to show it off. I fell in love with South Africa' - Phil Glenister
And Marc Warren commented on the South African heat:
'I went running for an hour with my top off. I wouldn't do that again'
There was also a little teaser for the fourth and final series...
'The fourth series picks where the third leaves off. It spirals out of control' - Cris Cole
To coincide with this event, Sky have also released many more S3 photos and a new clip, this time from episode 3 which you can view below. The first episode of the new series is scheduled to air on Tuesday 4th June at 9pm on Sky1 and Sky Go subscribers can get the episode early (from 29th May).
EDIT (18th May 2013)
We now have an audio recording of the Q&A (Warning: This interview contains spoilers)
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