Just a quick update for you. I’m starring in a new play called SOAP OPERA, with Leslie Grantham. You can read all about it on the official website here.
Hollyenders Street has been on air for nearly twenty years, and viewing figures are the worst they’ve ever been, so a new, hard-nosed producer is brought in to mix things up, and save the show from being axed.
Characters are cut, stories are sexed up and new blood is brought in. Even the theme tune is rewritten. Just before the show’s 20th anniversary, somebody snaps. Blood is spilled, a body is discovered, and everyone has a motive.
The detective in charge of the investigation, who is a life-long fan of the show, arrives to solve the case.
Will the show be saved? Will the murderer be found? Will Detective Emmerside get a full set of autographs? The answer to all these questions and more is … probably.
It will tour the following (subject to change):
Woodville Gravesend 12-15 September; Wyvern Theatre Swindon 17-19 September; Hawth Theatre Crawley 20-22 September; Fairfield Halls Croydon 25-29 September; Beck Theatre Hayes 2-3 October; Pavilion Theatre Weymouth 6-7 October; Corn Exchange Newbury 8-11 October; Theatre Royal Margate 12-13 October; Civic Theatre Chelmsford 16-20 October; Key Theatre Peterborough 22-24 October; Princes Theatre Clacton-on-Sea 25-27 October; Stag Theatre Sevenoaks 29-31 October; The Playhouse Weston Super Mare 1-3 November; Alban Arena St Albans 5-7 November; White Rock Theatre Hastings 8-10 November.
Ex-London gangster Harry Payne retires to Norfolk to be close to his wife, driven mad when he was forced to kill his best friend, psychopathic gang boss Eugene McCann. Immediately he is drawn into a murder mystery in which an obsessive local police detective targets him as the killer. However, unknown to anyone, Harry has psychic abilities he has always suppressed with alcohol. Now he must confront the supernatural and his own personal demons to save his wife and free the tormented souls of the ghosts that haunt him.
Hello all. Just a quick update for you. I will be playing the role of Scrooge in Lichfield Garrick’s forthcoming production of A Christmas Carol.
The whole cast is really excited about the show. It has a great team behind it who has created a superb adaptation of the script. And, with brand new set and costume designs, a sparkling musical score, special effects, including real snow and skating on ice scenes, A Christmas Carol is sure to be a sensation and the perfect show to get audiences into the festive spirit.
From The Lichfield Garrick site:
This year’s spectacular will be a new adaptation of the classic Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
Following the record breaking Peter Pan last year, A Christmas Carol is set to be another winner and is brought to you by the same creative team, Ian Adams will adapt the book and Adrian Jackson will arrange the MGM style scores. There will be spectacular live music and dance numbers, new scenery and costumes, stunning scenes on ice and magical puppets to delight the whole family, oh, and snow will fall onto the audience too!
A Christmas Carol tells the story of Scrooge, a miserly old man who has lost his Christmas cheer.
With the arrival of three ghosts, Scrooge is hurled into a journey of discovery with a lesson he will never forget. Will he change his ways? Come along and find out.
Just a quick update on what I’ve been up to lately:
I’m sure you all know that this Tuesday (31st August 2010) is the last ever episode of The Bill. I will be on BBC Breakfast News on Tuesday morning to discuss it. I will also be on various local BBC radio stations during the morning.
My autobiography, On The Beat, is being released in paperback on 31st August 2010. It features a new chapter focusing on my life during the past year and is available through Splendid Books, Waterstones and WHSmith.
I have been filming all over Sydney for a Travel and police type show called ‘Cole on Patrol’ where I take the viewer to all the great sights of Sydney but also look at the security and policing that keeps us safe while there. We do The Bridge climb, Sydney harbour and it’s Water Police. At ANZ stadium, for the big events held there, we had access to briefings back stage and all the command posts for Police, then of course the places to eat etc. It has been awesome to see Sydney from the Air and behind the scenes.
This is a pilot which we hope will be picked up for a series.
I had a great response at the book signing in Manly at Humphries, the biggest book shop in Australia.
I’ll provide more information soon and would like to say a big thanks to everyone for the fantastic reception I’ve received.
You may be wondering why I have a beard in the new photos. Well, I’m pleased to say that I’m growing one for a short film for The Bible Society and Luke Walton. The film is called ‘DERELICT’ and is directed by Simeon Lumgair. I’m playing ‘Tarsus’ and filming starts on June 21st.