Category Archives: BBC

The seamless, frictionless life of a Soft Border Patrol…

3963077F-025C-44E8-AEF2-3A3F9E9A031FWith the airing of new BBC1 comedy Soft Border Patrol next weekend (Friday 2 March 2018) this is probably the most excited – along with the most nervous! – I’ve been about a show on which I have worked.

I play one of the leads in the mockumentary (produced by The Comedy Unit), about how a ‘soft border’ may look and function with Brexit.

The show is mostly improvised (hence my nervousness!) with our team of hapless patrollers being thrown into unconventional scenarios that arise from day-to-day crossings of the soft border.

46B143A9-8DD5-4F50-BD82-53C43F11C79EI play Kris Davies, a new dad with an apolitical nature who just wants to see everyone get along. My Patrol partner is Ben McGregor (played by Michael Condron), a outdoorsy, country-music lovin’ man… who still lives with his mum.

There are a few other familiar faces you may recognize from Hollyoaks, The Fall and Game of Thrones. Watch out for  local comedians Neil Delamere and Alan Irwin, and Karen Hassan and Diona Doherty, who recently appeared in Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls as no-nonsense Katya.

Soft Border Patrol airs this Friday at 10.35pm on BBC1 NI but people elsewhere can watch it on Sky channel 953/979 Virgin channel 863.

I hope you enjoy the chaos, give us a follow on Twitter @real_SBP & check out the BBC website Soft Border Patrol page for some exclusive footage before it airs.

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This Fall…

imageEarly this year I had the pleasure of working on the final season of one of the most exciting TV shows to be produced here, The FallI play the role of Michael Ritchie opposite Jamie Dornan, Gillian Anderson and Krister Henriksson.

It’s due out later this year, I can’t say too much more other than it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Ripper Street…

Ripper-Street-BBC-AmericaIt’s not very often you get to work on a TV series you love but this week I did as I started work on Ripper Street.

Ripper Street is a BBC TV series set in Whitechapel in London’s East End in 1889, six months after the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. The series stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg.

Keep an eye out for me in Season 2 in 2014!

PG Wodehouse, An Innocent Abroad?

ImageI got the opportunity to work on BBC4’s biopic drama Wodehouse in Exile.

Featuring an all-star cast including Tim Piggot-Smith as PG Wodehouse and Zoe Wanamaker, it tells the story of how the author PG Wodehouse came to face a charge of treason during the Second World War and how this quintessential Englishman, creator of Jeeves and Wooster, became an exile from his own country, never setting foot on English soil again.

The production was aired on BBC4 and was filmed entirely at various locations in Belfast and around the North.

 

V SIGN

Anyone following me on Twitter may have read some bizarre tweets towards the end of March – ‘Another day chasing aliens in Carrickfergus’, for instance. No, I hadn’t gone mad, but in fact was filming a BBC sci-fi sitcom pilot called V SIGN.

V SIGN  follows a group of human survivors fighting off the universe’s most incompetent alien invasion force. I’m playing the role of Neil, one of the hapless group fending off the aliens.

The pilot was filmed in Northern Ireland by production companies Retort and Green Inc. It was written by Steve Turner (Tracy Beaker) and directed by Ed Tracy (Fonejacker, Facejacker).

It was awesome week of filming with a great cast and crew. Fingers crossed we get to do more soon!