I have been asked to play a role in the next series of brilliant Australian time travel comedy Night Terrace (as heard on Radio 4 Extra). It stars Jackie Woodbine which means only one thing – Toby Hadoke and Susan off of Neighbours, together at last. There’s more information here, plus details of how you can help with kickstarting production…
I was devastated that Tom Hodgkins, and actor I knew on and off for nearly 30 years, and who I worked with on my favourite ever job – A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Exchange Theatre – died aged just 59 this month. I was able to pay tribute to him in the Manchester Evening News here.
I am writing a script for a new CBeebies series but I’m not sure I can talk about it so, well … hint, hint, nudge nudge. But it has to be in by Monday!
I have just recorded another drama for Radio 4 which will be broadcast in February 2020. I play a Tory MP – the character description was “roguish” which I rather enjoyed. More soon…
I’ve been working as a consultant on the forthcoming animated DVD release of Doctor Who – The Faceless Ones. There’s an exciting new clip of it here. I chaired a couple of panels at October’s London ComicCon where this was discussed, and the forthcoming release of Fury from the Deep was exclusively announced.
Another month, another Guardian obituary, this one is for that sparkly actress Anna Quayle from Grange Hill and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Read it here.
I’ll be MCing XS Malarkey as usual. Each Tuesday between now and Christmas we’ll have a fantastic line-up and our guests will include Edinburgh Award Nominees The Delightful Sausage, Dark Lord of comedy Andrew O’Neill and TV’s Harriet Kemsley. Also, in a new initiative to expand our comedy calendar into other days of the week, we’ll present the touring show of Angelos Epithemiou. Listings details are available at the XS Malarkey Website.
The Season 23 Doctor Who Blu-Ray box has been released. I’m on it, presenting a very silly documentary about the Doctor Who Cookbook. It’s not quite as archaeological as my usual fare, but I do get to make soup with Frazer Hines, so, you know… and, bonus, it is narrated by India Fisher off of Masterchef.
I’ve recorded an episode of the Pull Back And Reveal podcast, discussing comedy and sci-fi and all sorts of other stuff. Have a listen here.
And finally … I’m delighted to announce that for writing work I will now be represented by the Independent Talent Group, an illustrious agency and no mistake. Onwards!