Paul Kaye interview: Dennis Pennis, Game Of Thrones, Zapped

Louisa Mellor Oct 19, 2017

We chatted to actor Paul Kaye about playing wizards, the musical Matilda, and his move from celebrity satire to serious drama…

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“Bitterness, really” is Paul Kaye’s explanation of what drove his satirical red-carpet interviewer Dennis Pennis in the nineties. “I’d hit thirty, I’d sort of failed as a musician, I’d failed as an artist I felt at the time.” Ambushing Hollywood’s elite in the persona of a brash, punk nuisance wasn’t Kaye’s first choice for stardom, he admits. “It wasn’t how I expected to forge a career. Of all the things I thought I’d end up doing, it wasn’t that.”

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Trained in theatre design, in his twenties Kaye worked as an illustrator
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Eiff announces screenwriter-in-residence by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-08-24 22:04:16

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Edinburgh International Film Festival announced Glasgow-born screenwriter Nicole Taylor, whose Three Girls recently aired on BBC1, as the new Eiff Screenwriter-in-Residence.

Taylor will receive a bursary of £7,500 and access to the four Edinburgh universities between now and June 2018, when the 72nd edition of the festival will take place. During this time she will have the opportunity to develop project ideas with science and humanities researchers.

Nicole Taylor Taylor's three-part Three Girls, about the Rochdale grooming scandal, garnered a strong critical response and a consolidated audience of 8.1 million on BBC1 and more than 9.3 million requests for the series were made on BBC iPlayer.

Prior to that Taylor’s multi-bafta nominated single drama, The C Word, starring Sheridan Smith, was produced for the channel. She has also written on numerous series, including Indian Summers for Channel 4, The Hour for BBC2, and Ashes to Ashes for BBC1.

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Three Girls: A Masterclass In Docudrama

Script-writer Nicole Taylor no doubt faced quite a challenge when presented with the task of turning the infamous Rochdale child-abuse sex scandal into a drama. Indeed, no one would be alone in feeling dubious as to how a story so undeniably horrifying and traumatic could be translated on screen – without sensationalising the violation of young children at its core. Yet, somehow, the uncomfortable feeling that the real girls are in some way being exploited (again) never happens, thanks to the production’s reiterated emphasis on ‘truth’.

This theme is introduced at the opening as the protagonist, Holly Winshaw (Molly Windsor), is questioned by police regarding a supposed robbery of a can of soda in her local kebab shop. Clearly shaken, she is trying to tell them she didn’t steal anything and from this point forward we will witness how ‘telling the truth’ was all these girls ever tried to do. By working directly with three of the victims and their families to shape this story, ‘telling the truth’ is what we need to realise Three Girls is attempting too.

Yes – many a docudrama on traumatic issues will claim to be coming from this standpoint. But the temptation to be arresting through sensationalism and shock tactics, whilst effective, always seems to detract from the reality of what happened. The rape scene of the first episode of Three Girls broadcasts how it intends on a different form of story-telling. The scene is raw, heart-breaking and sickening, but there is no attempt made to charge the scene with unnecessary violence or dramatic panache. It is low-energy, subtle and yet frighteningly-real.

This is how Three Girls approaches its darkest corners, with an emphasis on the real and true. Everything from costume and setting to the exceptional acting gives the impression of being free from embellishment and true to life. I will never understand how Windsor and her two young co-stars Ria Zimitrowicz and Liv Hill succeed in giving such performances at their age – but they undoubtedly steal the show. Each girl seems to have an understanding of the weight they were carrying and their portrayals were understated and yet charged with the vulnerability needed to demonstrate the reality of the victims’ naivety.

More importantly, Three Girls could easily have spent its whole screen time focusing on directing the anger of its viewers towards the perpetrators. Yet, when faced with the question of why it is morally justifiable to create a TV programme out of rape/abuse/violence, inciting hatred is not a sufficient nor acceptable answer. Instead, this production does what a good adaptation of a real-life atrocity should do: ask us to reflect on ourselves.

The incessant focus on the failure of the care system, the police and everyday people who were ignoring the red flags becomes as much, if not more, of the reason why these children suffered to such an extent. It is easy to hate the group of Asian paedophiles who seem so far removed from us whilst we sit on our sofas at home. But here we see every day people judge the young girls on their dress, their behaviour and their background. Thus they don’t believe them, they don’t take their claims seriously and they cease to treat them like the children that they are. Three Girls comes to our screens with a purpose other than the clichéd ‘raising awareness’ – to ask us what we would do if we were faced with one of these three girls.

Perhaps this message is best personified by sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham (Maxine Peake), as she is screaming at anyone who will listen to open their eyes and see the reality of the situation: This isn’t drama, this is the truth.
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eOne Picks Up Worldwide Rights to Jessie Buckley Drama ‘Country Music’

Entertainment One has bought the worldwide rights to Tom Harper’s upcoming drama, “Country Music,” TheWrap has learned. Jessie Buckley, star of Tom Hardy’s FX/BBC series “Taboo,” will star in the film with Julie Walters. Written by Nicole Taylor and produced by Faye Ward of Fable Pictures, the film follows Rose-Lynn Harlan, a struggling but musically talented 23-year-old mother of two from Glasgow. Having just gotten out of jail, Rose-Lynn takes a leap of faith as she tries to build a better life for herself and her kids while fulfilling her dream of being a country music singer.
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The week in TV: Three Girls; Coronation Street; Ivanka Trump: America’s Real First Lady; Veep

It was a tough week, with an impressive real-life drama about the abused girls of Rochdale, sexual grooming in Corrie, and then the Trump father-daughter thing…

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Ivanka Trump: America’s Real First Lady (C4) | All 4

Veep (Sky Atlantic) |

All credit to everyone involved in the searing real-life drama Three Girls. Written by Nicole Taylor, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, and running over three consecutive nights, it was based on the Rochdale child sex abuse case, where a ring of mainly Pakistani men sexually groomed and abused hordes of vulnerable underage white girls.

We saw young girls dismissed as attention-seeking 'white trash' – too poor, delinquent and ill-educated to be believed

Related: Petition calls for recognition of Rochdale sexual health worker

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eOne Strums ‘Country Music’, Takes World On Tom Harper-Helmed Pic – Cannes

Exclusive: After an intense bidding situation that had multiple players in the mix, Entertainment One has acquired worldwide rights to the Tom Harper-directed Country Music. Taboo‘s Jessie Buckley and Julie Walters are starring in the drama that shoots at the end of June. Faye Ward of Fable Pictures is producing. Written by Nicole Taylor, the story follows 23-year-old Rose-Lynn Harlan who is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail, and with two…
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Rochdale abuse drama will not further far-right racist agenda, writer says

Writer of Three Girls, exploring grooming by Asian men, says she is confident it does not give groups like Edl an opportunity

The writer of a BBC drama exploring the widespread grooming and sexual assault of young women in Rochdale by Asian men has addressed concerns that it could be used by far-right groups to further their racist agenda.

Nicole Taylor, who wrote Three Girls, said that while she accepted that groups such as the English Defence League and other extremists would “hitch their wagon opportunistically to anything”, she felt confident this drama “doesn’t give them an opportunity to do so”.

Related: Maxine Peake and Lesley Sharp to star in Rochdale abuse drama

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Karen Gillan Ready To Sing Country Music

Karen Gillan Ready To Sing Country Music
She recently signed on as part of the cast for tech thriller The Circle, but Karen Gillan still has smaller indies in her heart. The actress is now in talks to star in Dominic Cooke’s film directing debut Country Music. If she makes a deal, she’ll be playing a singer who hails from Glasgow but has a dream of making it to the stage in Nashville, the spiritual home of country warblers of all stripes. Of course, she’ll have to face some challenges along the way, but probably not encountering talking raccoons.Nicole Taylor wrote the script for the film, which has the backing of the BFI, Creative Scotland and Film4, plus a co-producer in Faye Ward, who also worked on this week’s Suffragette. Gillan remains as busy as ever, with roles in the aforementioned The Circle alongside Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega, Adam McKay
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Karen Gillan In Talks To Board ‘Country Music’ For Producer Faye Ward

Karen Gillan In Talks To Board ‘Country Music’ For Producer Faye Ward
Exclusive: Rising Scottish actress Karen Gillan is in talks to come on board producer Faye Ward’s Country Music as a young singer from Glasgow who dreams of making it to Nashville. Nicole Taylor (The C Word) has written the script with Dominic Cooke (Hollow Point), making his feature directorial debut with the project. The BFI, Creative Scotland and Film4 are financing. Ward is producing through her ambitious upstart banner Fable Pictures with Eugenio Perez co-producing…
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Video: Find Out Why Someone Threatened to Rip Off Bethenny Frankel's Finger

Video: Find Out Why Someone Threatened to Rip Off Bethenny Frankel's Finger
Neil Patrick Harris made one Real Housewives superfan's dream come true ... albeit in a supremely sneaky way.

With some help from Bravo king Andy Cohen on Tuesday, the Best Time Ever host had the reality TV favorites take over the life of unsuspecting audience member Nicole Taylor in a segment he kidded would be called "The Real Housewives of Richmond, Virginia."

First, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump share a meal and show off things they'd "borrowed" from Taylor – including her husband.

"I have seen a lot of underhanded activities on The Real Housewives, but stealing a husband?
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Film4 slate includes Zadie Smith refugee drama

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Exclusive: Film4 has revealed plans for a refugee drama from acclaimed writer Zadie Smith to be made by Ex Machina producer DNA Films.

Described as “half-adaptation, half original story”, the film has been written by husband and wife writer duo Smith and Nick Laird and is inspired by Smith’s 2013 novella The Embassy Of Cambodia, charting a Gambian woman’s boat journey to the UK via Libya and Italy.

Film4 is keen to move the project into production soon so it could vault the long-gestating adaptation of Smith’s novel On Beauty.

The untitled project is one of a series of upcoming titles from Film4, the movie division of UK broadcaster Channel 4, which has six features at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) including the world premiere of Ben Wheatley’s Jg Ballard adaptation, High-Rise.

In an exclusive interview with Screen, Film4 director David Kosse, head of commercial and brand strategy Sue Bruce-Smith and head
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Edinburgh unveils 2015 industry line-up

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Exclusive: Discussions to cover development, financing, exhibition and sustainability, and will include a new distribution market.

The Edinbugh International Film Festival (Eiff) has unveiled the line-up of industry events set to take place alongside this year’s festival.

Nine days of events will be held at the Eiff Delegate Centre at the Traverse Theatre from June 18.

Topics to be discussed will range from development and financing through to exhibition and sustainability.

There will be a number of events aimed at offering support and advice to emerging writers, directors and producers including two sessions hosted by partners of the BFI Net.Work looking at progressing from shorts to features.

Representatives from Creative England, Film London and the Scottish Film Talent Network will take part in the events including an opportunity for filmmakers to practice their feature pitch to get feedback on making their future applications stronger.

There will be events focussing on areas of interest specifically for producers
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Sheridan Smith: 'I'm so overwhelmed by the reaction to The C Word'

Sheridan Smith has thanked fans for their support for her latest role in The C Word.

The actress played blogger Lisa Lynch in the BBC drama, which premiered on Sunday evening (May 3). Lynch, who died from breast cancer in March 2013, published a book and widely-read blog about her experiences with the disease.

Emotional.So overwhelmed by your amazin support,thank u.Love u all! I know she'll be watching with us Team @LisaLynch ;Here goes...

Sheridan Smith (@Sheridansmith1) May 3, 2015Smith said prior to transmission: "Cancer touches so many people's lives, so I think Lisa's voice being heard will hopefully get families talking more about it. I think it will be nice for people to watch and hopefully take Lisa's sparkle with them."

She also said she used Twitter to talk to Lynch to research the part, and described starring in The C Word as "an honour".

Smith was personally chosen
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Sheridan Smith faces up to cancer in first trailer for The C Word

The first trailer for BBC One's The C Word has been released.

Sheridan Smith stars alongside actor Paul Nicholls in the one-off 90-minute drama.

The drama is based on the real-life experiences of Lisa Lynch, who published a book about her battle with breast cancer.

Smith stars as Lynch, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 33 after assisting in the casting of the actress.

"Her zest for life was infectious," said Smith. "I was moved and inspired by her courage and bravery. I couldn't help but love her. That's why I want to tell her story.

"I'm so sad that Lisa won't get to see the finished drama, having been so involved in the development of it. I'm honoured and humbled that she wanted me to play her on screen, and I hope that I will make her proud."

The first pictures of Smith playing Lynch were released earlier this month.
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Sheridan Smith to star in new BBC One drama The C Word

Sheridan Smith is to star in new BBC One drama The C Word.

The 90-minute one-off is based on Lisa Lynch's candid book and has been adapted by Nicole Taylor.

Smith will play Lisa in the drama, described as "a defiant, ballsy account" of one woman's experience of cancer.

Lisa chronicled her experiences in a blog, which served as the basis for her book and had a profound effect on people across the world.

Lynch - who passed away in 2013, aged 33 - gave her full support to the project, working with writer Taylor and assisting in the casting of Smith.

"Her zest for life was infectious," said Smith. "I was moved and inspired by her courage and bravery. I couldn't help but love her. That's why I want to tell her story.

"I'm so sad that Lisa won't get to see the finished drama, having been so involved in the development of it.
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TV Recap: 'Dracula' Episode 105 - 'The Devil's Waltz'

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TV Recap: 'Dracula' Episode 105 - 'The Devil's Waltz'
Dracula Episode 105

“The Devil’s Waltz”

Written By: Nicole Taylor

Directed By: Nick Murphy

Original Airdate: 29 November 2013

In This Episode...

Mina has a “perplexing” dream about Grayson, in which he comes into her room and tries to tell her marrying Jonathan would be a mistake. Lucy wakes her as Mina and Grayson start having sex. Tonight is the engagement party, but Mina’s dream has her confused. Jonathan doesn’t help when he won’t talk to her about final preparations for the party, and she is concerned that he has disinvited all his old newspaper friends. Jonathan gets mad, saying he is moving up and has to lose friends.

Jonathan has been doing some digging and found evidence that Shaw was taking bribes from arms manufacturers. He tries to present this to Grayson, who doesn’t want to hear it. He is far more concerned about the fact that
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Dracula, Ep. 1.05, “The Devil’s Waltz”: A man of secrets

Dracula, Season 1, Episode 5, “The Devil’s Waltz”

Written by Nicole Taylor

Directed by Nick Murphy

Airs Fridays at 10 pm (Et) on NBC

NBC’s Dracula has a lot of plates spinning. Grayson (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) still has a thirst for revenge, an obsession with Mina (Jessica De Gouw) which she reciprocates (but really, who wouldn’t?), he’s looking for a cure to his biggest problem- that pesky not being able to walk in the sun thing, a vampire hunter, Lady Jayne Wetherby (Victoria Smurfit) is hot on his tail, and his trusty sidekick Renfield (Nonso Anozie) has been kidnapped. Needless to say, it’s been a busy five episodes.

After the pilot, Dracula hit a slump. The revenge plot line has some potential but it wasn’t a good sign that it got stale after only three episodes. “The Devil’s Waltz”, though, shows how much fun Dracula can
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Vw unveils ad for ‘most important launch of the year’

Volkswagen has unveiled its most important product launch of the year with a campaign for the small car, Volkswagen Up!.

Created by Ddb Sydney, a TV campaign will be supported by street furniture, print executions, a microsite and web banners which will run nationally.

Nick Pringle, creative director at Ddb Sydney commented: “Working on the launch of the up! was a huge opportunity but also a challenge, because small cars have such a negative perception in Australia. The phrase ʻtin can on wheelsʼ springs to mind. Who better to tell our story than a lovable old-timer who believes that heʼs being driven in a big car, such is the quality of the new up!.”

Jutta Friese, Gm Marketing of Volkswagen, said: “The launch of the Volkswagen up! is our most important product launch for the year as it marks our entry into the sub-light category. The up! sets a new
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Clems wins agency of the year at Madc Awards

Clemenger Bbdo Melbourne was named agency of the year at the Melbourne Advertising & Design Club Awards tonight.

The agency won top honours for the second year running. However, rival Gpy&R Melbourne – which won more lions at Cannes this year than any Australian agency – did not enter for the second consecutive year. Last year, Patts Ecd Ben Coulson cited cost reasons for not supporting the event, which is Melbourne’s top awards show.

The awards list in full:

The Adstream Award for Agency of the Year


Clemenger Bbdo Melbourne

The Madc Award for Best in Show


Guilt Trips V/Line Agency McCann

The Madc Award for Lifetime Achievement


Scott Whybin, Whybin Tbwa

The Blackley Award for Creative Leader of the Year


Jason Williams, Leo Burnett

The Madc Award for Client of the Year


Carlton United Brewers

The Exit Films Award for Best Junior


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Arnott’s launches ‘Truly, Madly Tim Tam’ TV ad

Ddb has released a new ad for Arnott’s brand Tim Tam, which shows consumers picking the famous chocolate bars from trees at Martin Place.

The ad is based on an experiential event the Tim Tam “orchard”, which was erected a fortnight ago. The ad ends with the tag line ‘Truly, Madly Tim Tam’.

The campaign comes the week after Arnott’s parted ways with agency Gpy&R, awarding Ddb the entire account.

Leif Stromnes, MD for strategy and innovation at Ddb Group Sydney said: “The idea behind this first execution of Truly, Madly Tim Tam came straight from our Facebook community and we really wanted to give back to these fans who gave us such a great idea to work with. What better way to come full circle than to create personalised ads which feature the names of individual Tim Tam fans and actually run across both TV and
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