The DVD cover art for the BBC's upcoming drama From There to Here, starring Philip as Daniel Cotton, has been updated. There were mixed responses when we brought you the first cover art back at the beginning of the month and quite a few people felt strongly about it's green tint. Well, we hgave good news for you... the green is gone!
The new cover art also comes with news of the DVDs special features which will include a picture gallery and a behind the scenes feature.
The BBC have confirmed that new drama From There to Here will be broadcast on Thursday 22nd May at 9pm on BBC One.
Prior to this, on Sunday 18th May at 8.30pm on BBC Four, there will be a documentary entitled 'A Writer's Journery From There to Here - Peter Bowker', which will take a look at Peter's career and include contributions from Philip.
The first episode of From There to Here has now had two preview screenings with Q&As. The first one, rather fittingly took place in Manchester last night and if you missed it you can read our admin's report here.
The second took place tonight at the BAFTA Theatre in London and Philip was in attendance. Some of our dedicated team members attended and spoke to Phil, so we should have another report, complete with photos, in a couple of days. For now though, have this photo courtesy of @elliot_gonzalez.
Earlier this evening the BBC held a preview screening of the first episode of From There to Here' followed by a Q&A with some of the cast and creative team. We dispatched our Manchester based admin to go along and bring back the goss. Don't worry; it's spoiler free!
The event took place at the National Football Museum in Manchester, which is housed in the URBIS building, a unique piece of architecture in Cathedral Gardens. We (my Dad and I) arrived quite early to be sure of getting a good seat and we were second in the queue.
Whilst we were queuing, we saw the writer, Peter Bowker go inside, followed about 5 minutes later by Liz White and Daniel Rigby. No sign of Phil. When we got in there we were given an information sheet with background to the show which also told us which members of the cast and creative team would be there. Also no Phil. The event was attended by Liz White (cast), Daniel Rigby (cast), Peter Bowker (writer and exec producer), Derek Wax (Executive Producer for Kudos), Tim Bracknell (producer) and James Strong (director). And I was sat on the same row as them, but the other side of the aisle… about 4 rows from the front. So in hindsight, it was probably a good thing Phil wasn’t there or I would have been more focused on him that the show!
This was a point that writer, Peter Bowker, was keen to re-iterate when they took the stage for the Q&A. The bomb is the catalyst but the story is about the families, the people caught up in it and the effect that it has on them.
Before they opened questions to the audience, the chair asked a few of Peter, but there was nothing that he hadn’t already said in the press pack interview. Then the chair stole the question that I was going to ask Liz.
What was it being back in Manchester and filming with Phil after doing Life on Mars?
It was very different this time, it was quite a shock on the second day to have to… well I can’t say to much as you’ve not seen that bit yet, but stuff happens. In Mars I played his subordinate for two years so was nice to be his equal in terms of the relationship. I think we bored a lot of the production company though because every time we went to a new location we’d be pointing out places along the way saying, ‘Do you remember we went there for Life on Mars?’
Staying on the subject of Phil, he then turned to Daniel.
And you’re filming with Philip Glenister at the moment right?
Yeh, but we’re filming something very different. It’s a series called Big School. I’m not playing his son in that though, which he’s very relieved about. He was furious that I’d been cast as his son and that his character was going to have grandkids and stuff! But yeh, he’s well – I’ll give him your regards.
Time for questions from the audience. And my Dad asked the first one… about the aftermath scenes from the bomb.
It all looks very realistic; it looks like the Arndale looked then. How did you do that? Did you recreate a physical Arndale or is it CGI?
The answer was that it was a bit of both. The debris etc. that is seen on the floor was all recreated in a street in the Northern Quarter but then the tech guys super-imposed some photos etc. into it as well, to give the most realistic view possible.
Liz was asked what attracted her to the part of Joanne and she said, that she doesn’t need help or ‘saving’; she’s capable of managing on her own with her two boys. That jumped off the page to her and as such, she is very confident in playing her as she feels she knows here.
Daniel was asked why he took the job. He said it was for the money and the chair pressed him – was the script good? Looking at the writer sat two chairs down he nodded and said that yes it was very good. Then he stopped joking and said it was the quality of the script and, having worked with Peter Bowker before, he knew it would be good.
There were a couple of questions about how they think the show will be received.
Peter said he wasn’t sure but hopefully it would be positive. He said what he actually hoped for more than that was that people would watch all three hours before making any judgements on it, because with TV they do tend to make judgements after only one episode, but you wouldn’t read a third of a novel and make an over-arching judgement about it. He said with Twitter and other social media platform people are starting to make judgements even quicker (i.e. in the first 5 minutes) which can be really difficult but that you can’t think about that when writing. You’ve got to write what is true to you and let the audience decide.
Someone asked if they thought the show, being set in Manchester and being about Manchester, would appeal to southern places such as Essex and Norwich.
The team thought that it would because when they watch something set in a different place, it’s fine as long as the sense of that place is strong. If it seems like it could be set anywhere in the country, that when they find that they’re not as engaged in the show. And also, it’s about a family and those problems and situation are universal… families exist everywhere in the country and most have problems/secrets.
The chair then ended the Q&A by telling us that the show would air ‘at the end of May’ on BBC and that also it was to be accompanied by a BBC Four documentary about the writer ‘Peter Bowker’ which we also got a preview clip of. That will air on Sunday 18th May at 9.30pm and will feature contributions from Phil and Daniel.
Afterwards, I spoke with both Daniel and Liz and they were both really friendly. Daniel said it was the first time they’d seen the episode, so it was really nice to see how it had all come together and he thought it looked good. I explained that, being a local like him, I thought it was fab. He mentioned that he was going to the BAFTA screening tomorrow and then was back filming a couple of days on Big School. I told him I thought his description of Charlie in the Q&A was spot on (he called him a well-meaning tw*t) and he said, ‘well he is a bit isn’t he?’. He signed my ticket and after a quick thank you and goodbye, I made my way over to Liz.
Liz congratulated us on getting tickets – she said it sounded like there’d been a lot of interest (the chair said that they'd had over 3,500 applications for tickets). I said we were really glad we did and had really enjoyed the first episode; she agreed, saying it had come out really well. I told her I’d seen them filming a scene which had been in the episode (in the aftermath of the bomb) and it was interesting to see it after the edit. I told her I was sure it would be a big success. I told her I was a big fan of Life on Mars and Phil and she said it was a shame that he couldn’t come up for the screening but he was filming. I asked would he be at the BAFTA Screening in London tomorrow (because our other admin is going to that). She said yes, she thought he would be. I asked her for a quick photo and my Dad said, “Do you want me to take it, or are you doing a selfie?” I said I thought it would be best if he took it and Liz agreed. “Selfies are so passé.” So we had a photo and also signed my ticket before we said goodbye.
A great show, a great script, a great cast, a great city! Most definitely worth a watch when it airs at the end of May.
The first trailer has been released by the BBC for 'From There to Here'.
The trailer shows Phil in his role as Daniel Cotton getting caught up in the 1996 IRA Arndale bombing, alongside his brother, Robbo (Steven Mackintosh), his father, Samuel (Bernard Hill) and cleaner Joanne (Liz White).
After rescuing Joanne, it appears that Daniel gives her a lift home and from then on begins to lead something of a double life...
Watch the trailer for yourself below and leave a comment to let us know what you think.
The first episode of From There to Here will be broadcast in the w/c 17th May and the DVD is already available for pre-order for release on 9th June.
In case you missed it on Twitter earlier, The BBC has today confirmed that From 'There to Here' will air in the week of 17th - 23rd May, but the exact date and time is still to be confirmed. But it may replace The Crimson Field on a Sunday at 9pm.
Along with the confirmation the BBC have released a slightly different synopsis for the show, which we have put under a cut below to allow people to avoid spoilers if they wish to.
When caught up in the 1996 bomb which transformed Manchester forever, Daniel Cotton (Philip Glenister) is changed too. He becomes restless and reckless, and embarks on a double life which might blow his world apart all over again.
From There To Here tells the epic story of a city, an era and a man whose life is changed forever by the events of one summer day.
It's a Saturday morning in the summer of 1996. The day England take on Scotland in the European Championship. In the heart of Manchester, Daniel is trying to build bridges between his dad, Samuel (Bernard Hill), and brother Robbo (Steven Mackintosh). But when the IRA explode a bomb which decimates the city centre, their peace negotiations are cut short, and their lives changed forever.
The men escape serious injury, and Daniel comes to the rescue of Joanne (Liz White), a single mum of two, also caught in the blast. He sees her home safely, realising as he drives past the working class terraces far from his own detached family home, that these are the streets he grew up on, before he was adopted at the age of five.
On the surface Daniel has it all: a family business, two grown-up kids – Charlie (Daniel Rigby) and Louise (Morven Christie), and a comfortable life with his wife, Claire (Saskia Reeves); but he finds that his near-death experience has left him feeling dangerously restless.
Cast: Philip Glenister plays Daniel Cotton, Bernard Hill plays Samuel, Steven Mackintosh plays Robbo, Liz White plays Joanne, Saskia Reeves plays Claire, Daniel Rigby plays Charlie, Morven Christie plays Louise, Ben Ryan Davies plays Ryan, Leon Harrop plays Lee, Ben Batt plays Newell and Chris Jordan plays Peter.
What's on TV magazine have also released a short interview with Philip about the drama, in which he talks about filming the bombing scene and having to watch England lose on penalties 20 times! You can read the interview on their website.
And don't forget, you can already order the DVD of From There to Here, through our shop (in partnership with Amazon UK).
The cover art for the DVD release of upcoming BBC One drama 'From THere to Here' has been released and can be seen below.
The DVD has also had it's pre-order price reduced. It is now £12.74 on Amazon.
Philip's forthcoming BBC drama, 'From There to Here' is now available to pre-order on DVD from Amazon, priced at £17.99. (We're sure it's available from other retailers as well but remember, by using the Amazon link above or buying it from our shop, you will be helping to raise money for one of the charities that Philip supports, at no extra cost to yourself.)
The DVD will be released by Acorn Media on the 9th June 2014, which seems to add some support to our suspicions that the show will be broadcast w/c 17th May. The BBFC has rated the DVD as a 15, but as yet there is no cover art for the release. However, there is a more detailed description of the production, which we have put under the spoiler button below.
According to Daniel Cotton (Philip Glenister), there are three battles that shape our lives: nature versus nurture; free will versus destiny; and City versus United.
Saturday 15th June 1996, an ordinary day in Manchester. England is preparing to play Scotland in the Euros. Daniel has brought together his adoptive brother Robbo (Steven Mackintosh) and father Samuel (Bernard Hill) in the hope of healing a family rift, when they are caught up in a massive terrorist attack and from this moment Daniel's life changes forever. In helping Joanne (Liz White) escape the debris Daniel realises he wants to be someone else, someone more exciting...
The trigger for major changes in Daniel's life and the reinvention of Manchester City Centre, the bomb does much more than cause devastation. Spanning four years, From There to Here brings to life a family, a city and an era in a way that no one who watches it will ever forget.
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