By Lisa on Nov 30th, 2013 • Categories: Articles & Interviews, The Hour • Comment
Romola Garai: “There’s absolutely no chance The Hour one-off special is going to happen”
The actress refutes rumours of a standalone episode, saying it’s highly unlikely the BBC will reverse the decision to axe the period drama which also starred Ben Whishaw and Dominic West.
It’s a(nother) sad day for fans of The Hour. Its star Romola Garai has quashed rumours of a one-off special to tie up any loose ends after BBC2 took the unexpected decision to axe the 1950s-set drama back in February. Viewers had been encouraged by comments from both Garai and Peter Capaldi on the Bafta red carpet earlier this year suggesting that the newsroom serial could return for a 1960s-based standalone episode catching up with the characters.
But speaking to RadioTimes.com, Garai said, “I think there’s absolutely no chance that it’s going to happen. I mean, of course I would do it again but I just feel bad because there was all this press coming out saying maybe there’s going to be a one-off special. I don’t think they’re going to do that because it was quite a public axing and I think for the BBC to make a decision like that and then go back on it, I don’t think that would happen.”
The drama – which ran for two critically acclaimed but poorly rating series – was set within a new BBC current affairs show and starred Ben Whishaw and Dominic West as Freddie Lyon and Hector Madden opposite Garai’s Bel Rowley.
The news of the axing came as a surprise to cast and crew who had ended series two on an unresolved cliffhanger. So, how would Garai have liked her character’s storyline to be tied up given the chance? “I guess the love story has to be resolved in some way. All I ever wanted for her character was for her to just take over the whole station and fulfil my own fantasy of her becoming completely liberated and happy on her own. But there would be a lot of pressure for her to have her love story.”
By Angie on Jul 5th, 2013 • Categories: Legacy, News & Projects • Comments Off
Romola has signed up for her first project after the birth of her daughter! It may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s bound to be a gripping drama AND it has Romola in it.
Details are below, courtesy of Radio Times.
Paula Milne’s writing never fails to attract the big guns. Endgame starred William Hurt and Jonny Lee Miller while The Politian’s Husband signed power pairing David Tennant and Emily Watson, so it comes as no surprise that the cast for her new Cold War thriller is equally star-studded.
Andrew Scott, Romola Garai, Simon Russell Beale and Charlie Cox are the leading names set to appear in Legacy – a single 90-minute film for BBC2 written by the award-winning writer.
Based on the novel by Alan Judd, the film follows the story of young spy Charles Thoroughgood (Cox) who has barely begun his training at MI6 when his university connection with a Soviet diplomat, Viktor Koslov (Scott), lands him on a case.
Charles’s bosses are hoping Koslov can be turned and assign their young charge to the task, but when he makes contact he uncovers the disturbing truth about his father’s complex past.
As he is drawn further into the machinations of international intelligence, Charles embarks upon a forbidden love with someone dangerously close to the dark world he now inhabits.
Romola Garai is to play Anna and Simon Russell Beale appears as Hookey, with Olivia Grant (Lark Rise to Candleford) also joining the cast as Eva, Christian McKay (Rush) as Hugo and Tessa Peake Jones (Marchlands) as Joyce.
The project will see Milne reunited with her Endgame director Pete Travis for the first time since their award-winning 2009 collaboration.
“Legacy falls well within the genre of the British spy thriller but has an extraordinary personal twist,” said Milne. “For what is espionage if not betrayal at the most fundamental level of human interactions? When that occurs within a family… It’s dynamite!”
BBC’s executive producer, Lucy Richer, added, “Charlie is going to make a fantastic Charles Thoroughgood and I’m delighted to have such a talented cast on board. Leading on from the recent success of drama on BBC2, Paula’s script is guaranteed to make Legacy the most bold and ambitious drama imaginable.”
Legacy has been commissioned as part of BBC2’s Cold War moment which will also include factual commissions exploring the cultural and political changes during that period of history.
By Angie on Jun 16th, 2013 • Categories: Babysitting, Film Shorts, Gallery • Comments Off
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures of the film short that Romola filmed in 2011, titled ‘Babysitting’, which was written & directed by Sam Hoare. I’ve also added MQ behind-the-scenes images & production stills to the gallery, thanks to the Holland Park Pictures Facebook. Gallery links & previews are below, enjoy!
By Angie on Jun 6th, 2013 • Categories: Gallery, Inside I'm Dancing • Comments Off
HQ DVD captures of Romola’s role from Inside I’m Dancing (aka Rory O’Shea Was Here), opposite James McAvoy, have now been added to the gallery; links & previews are below. Enjoy!
By Angie on May 18th, 2013 • Categories: Last Days on Mars • Comments Off
There’s a clip from Last Day on Mars available online, courtesy of Cineuropa; view the clip at the website or under the cut. Hopefully a trailer & additional stills shall be released soon — currently there’s only still available featuring co-star Liev Schreiber. Happy viewing!
By Angie on May 18th, 2013 • Categories: Gallery, Public Appearances • Comments Off
First off, apologies for the downtime but we’re back now, thanks to my lovely host!
As you may know, Romola was a presenter at the BAFTA’s last weekend, where she made a rather memorable opening line. Thus, I’ve added a few images to the gallery; links & previews are below. Many thanks to Claudia for these. Enjoy!