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Philip appeared on ITV's This Morning yesterday to promote his new show, Belgravia. which airs Sundays at 9pm.
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Here is the interview with Philip from the ITV Press Pack for Belgravia
Q: What attracted you to Belgravia?
A: I seem to have a pattern - I do a costume drama once every ten years! I did Vanity Fair in 1998 and Cranford in 2008. So, the timing was right for my next ten-yearly costume drama!
Q: Tell us more.
A: It's Julian Fellowes, obviously. He's got a pretty good track record! So when he offered me a role in this, I thought, "I'd better take it! At my age, I'm not going to get the next Fast & Furious!" This is a wonderful role in a wonderful drama, and I'm delighted to be involved.
Q: How would you describe your character?
A: James is a nouveau riche, self-made property developer. He starts off as a supplies man for the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. 25 years later, he's become extremely successful and built Belgravia. That's not a bad achievement for old Jimmy Boy!
Q: Is he eager to mingle with high society?
A: Yes. He wants to be hobnobbing with dukes and duchesses. He is a great networker who will go to the opening of an envelope – unlike his wife, who always wants to stay at home. Anne is quite happy with an OBE, but James wants to be a sir!
Q: What else is going on in the lives of James and Anne?
A: Through all this, they're hiding this dark secret which revolves around their daughter and grandson, and involves Lady Brockenhurst. It's a great tale. I spent Christmas reading it, and it's a genuine page turner.
Q: What was it like working with Tamsin?
A: It was lovely. She's great fun and has a great sense of humour. We did a lot of laughing, which is not always good when you're in front of the camera! One day we were shooting a dinner party scene in a country house near Reading. People will see five minutes on screen, but it took all day to film it. I 28 said to Tamsin, "This is insane. We’re all dressed up to the nines having a six-course lunch at 9.30 on a Tuesday morning when everyone else is going to work". Tamsin replied, "Remember, we do get paid for it!", "I know, don't tell anyone!".
Q: What sort of audience will Belgravia draw?
A: It will appeal to a very broad audience. It's not too often that the family can watch something together, but they will all sit down together and enjoy Belgravia. It's giving us a history lesson at the same time as a wonderful drama. That's why period drama sells so well around the world. When I was filming Living the Dream in the US, the neighbours came round and said how much they loved British TV. I asked them, "Have you heard of Life on Mars?", "No, we've never heard of that, but we love Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife".
Q: Did you have a good time working on Belgravia?
A: Yes. This has been a really enjoyable job. It was a great atmosphere on set. It was a brilliant cast and crew and also a brilliant producer, Colin Wratten. If every producer was like that, it would be amazing. I remember one day when we had to do this shot where we arrive back from the Battle of Waterloo. There were a lot of extras and horses, and we had to do seven or eight takes. When we wrapped, I noticed Colin went up and shook the hand of every extra, telling them, "Your contribution has been immense, and it will look wonderful on screen". That is class.
Q: What other big scenes did you have to shoot?
A: The director, John Alexander, had some hellishly big sequences to film. But he was so well-prepared, he never lost his temper or got panicked. For instance, he had to shoot the ball before the battle of Waterloo at the Assembly Rooms in Bath, which was an epic sequence to film. I can't praise the crew enough. You can see why so many producers want to come to this country. We have so much talent in front of and behind the camera.
Philip appeared on BBC's The One Show this evening with Belgravia co-star Alice Eve to promote the show. which starts this Sunday at 9pm on ITV.
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If you missed Philip on Sunday Brunch last week, you can see his interview below. We are hoping to get his cooking segment up in the not too distant future but are currently experiencing some technical difficulties.
Philip and his Living the Dream co-star Lesley Sharp joined Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning to discuss how Mal and Jen are coping Stateside in the second series of Living the Dream and why the drama off screen meant they couldn’t return to America for filming.
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Philip appeared on This Morning today (27th March) to discuss his upcoming episode of 'Urban Myths'. He also spoke about his family's acting "dynasty", ERA and whether or not there will be a Life on Mars film.
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Philip attend MIPCOM this year (the worlds leading market for entertainment) and he sat down with their blog team to answer a few questions about upcoming Sky One comedy-drama, 'Living the Dream'
Could you tell us more about Living the Dream?
The programme is about a family which ups sticks to America and buys an RV trailer park. It is a warm and engaging family show, the characters on site are lots of fun. Mal Pemberton, my character, hadn’t seen the park he has bought, so it’s a bit of a surprise! There are a lot of series with couples fighting, but this one is happily married, and makes a good team! My wife, Jen, is much more practical, while my character is more of a dreamer and runs headlong into a lot of situations.
Are you personally tempted by upping sticks like the Pembertons do?
No, I’m a little too set in my ways… One day maybe, but there are a lot of complications with visas. There’s a risk to it, but that’s what, I think, attracted our producer, as there are lots of Brits who emigrate to the US.
Does Living the Dream follow the rather British trend of cringe humour, à la The Office?
No, I hope you’ll be laughing with us, rather than at us! In episode two, we’re taken to church by my daughter, who’s fallen for the son of the local mayor, who’s very religious. So she pretends we are too, and we end up in a rather flamboyant ceremony. Afterwards, I have to get them to sing (traditional British hymn) All Things Bright and Beautiful. I won’t tell you how that goes down!
You’re a big fan of cars, as your For The Love of Cars show made clear. Did you get to play with any here?
When (producers) Luke and Mick were scouting for locations, they were given a Lincoln Navigator 4×4, a big old bastard. They liked it so much that it became our family car! Then Jen, my character’s wife gets a convertible Mustang; a real beauty!
What do you think of the export potential of the show?
The programme should cross over quite readily as it’s something lots of people have thought of doing themselves: this might put them off completely… or the opposite! Maybe Trump will buy it!
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