Here are the advanced photos for Episode 1 of Belgravia which will air on Sunday 15th March 2020 at 9pm on ITV.
Photos courtesy of ITV
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.
Take a look at the interview below:
ITV and Epix (US cable channel) have both released their trailers for Philip's upcomnig drama, Belgravia, from creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes
You can watch them both below:
Philip is to star in Carnival Films’ Julian Fellowes-penned British period drama Belgravia for ITV and Epix, alongside Tasmein Greig, Harriet Walter and Alice Eves.
Belgravia is a tale of secrets and scandals set in 1840s London, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, when the Duchess of Richmond throws a party in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. Among the guests are James and Anne Trenchard, who are living on the profits of newfound trading success. Their young daughter Sophia has caught the eye of Edmund Bellasis, the son and heir of one of the richest and most prominent families in England. Twenty-five years later, when the two families are settled into the newly developed area of Belgravia, the events of the ball, and the secrets, still resonate.
Philip will play businessman, James Trenchard
Philip's appearance on ITV panel show, 'Harry Hill's Alien fun Capsule' will be broadcast on Thursday 23rd March at 8.30pm.
The show sees two teams tasked with saving planet earth from alien invasion! Each team must find clips, people, basically anything that is fun or funny enough for Harry to place in a capsule which, in the event that we're invaded by aliens, we can present to them to demonstrate earthlings are good fun and therefore worthy of saving. Over a series of rounds, the two teams of two present Harry with fun stuff which Harry must adjudicate on and ultimately decide what's in and what's out of the Fun Capsule with the triumphant team winning bragging rights. Along the way there will be sketches, studio items and special guests. And the occasional appearance of an alien.
Other panellist in this episode include, actress Sally Lindsay and DJ Sara Cox.
Last month, we reported that Phil was due to appear on Harry Hill's new panel show and that as a Fansite we'd been asked to help by providing photos of him with his fans.
Well the trailers for the show have started appearing on ITV and it appears the show will air sometime in March (exact date and time TBC).
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