With 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.
I 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.
It’s been a long time since I updated my blog, but I am thankful to report that it’s because I have been busy!
Although Galavant is only shown in America currently, it is filmed in Bristol. I spent a really enjoyable time on-set being directed by Declan Lowney as I played the part of Tim, alongside actors Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones and Nick Frost.
The creative team of screenwriter/executive producers Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Tangled, Cars), Kat Likkel and John Hoberg along with the award-winning musical team of composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Tangled) have produced a show that’s full of laughs and charm, and I’m really delighted to have joined their bank of featured artists alongside Kylie Minogue, Hugh Bonneville and Robert Lindsay.
Tune in if you can!