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http://www.whatsontv.co.uk Oct 31, 2011
Russell Tovey stars in the second series of Him & Her this week, and he'll also be providing the voice of a magical dragon in a new kids cartoon series Mike The Knight. The Being Human star spoke exclusively to What’s On TV about both shows...
How does the first episode of Him & Her kick off?
“Well, Becky’s moved in permanently now, and she’s trying to feminise the flat with fairy lights and all girlie things. Sarah Solemani, who plays Becky, was desperate to get a box of Tampax in there. I suppose theirs is a love story so it’s a natural progression. He’s happy I think now she’s in. But he’s a bit OCD about his rules, like hanging clothes in the wardrobe and things like that. She just tells him to shut up! Gradually the flat becomes nicer throughout this series. It sort of becomes Becky’s flat.”
Steve’s ex-girlfriend turns up in the first episode, too, doesn’t she?
“Yep, Julie with the big tits (that’s in the script by the way, not me!) She’s a tough cookie and intimidates Steve. The relationship they had before was completely unbalanced. She walked all over him. And now she wants him back because now he’s happy. It throws Becky. You’d expect her to be stronger. In the first series, Steve had anxieties about her ex-boyfriend, Lee, but in this series it’s Becky’s anxiety. She’s also thrown that her sister Laura decides she wants to be Julie’s new best friend and just talks about her the whole time. Julie has an impact throughout the series.”
How do you keep a straight face filming Him & Her?
“We’re forever not completing scenes because we’re always laughing, so we sometimes have to stay quite late on set! Me and Ricky Champ had a scene in the loo, where Steve has to check Paul’s private parts for a lump, which we really had trouble finishing because of the corpsing. It was ridiculous. I mean, I had to finger his tackle! Look out for that bit in episode five! But the girls probably get it worse, like having to do a poo on the toilet. How embarrassing must that have been for Sarah?”
How do you cope with all the farting and burping you seem to do on screen?
“Well not all of it’s dubbed, some are real! I can almost do it on cue now, and odourless! With this show, if you’ve got one brewing you can kind of release it even if it’s not scripted! I’m a good burper - it’s on my CV! Life taught me that, and eating too fast! I do have excess wind and you can quote me on that!”
Can you tell us a little about your CBeebies cartoon series Mike The Knight?
“It’s an awesome new kids' TV show that adults can get into as well. We’ve made 52 episodes and I play Squirt the dragon who is Mike’s faithful companion. He’s very generous, kind, lovely and funny and a big scaredy cat. Sparky, the other dragon, breathes fire while Squirt squirts water. They are the yin and yang of life! Squirt’s the calmer – while Sparky is more... sparky!
So did you have to alter your voice to play a cartoon character?
"My voice goes a lot higher and a bit squeakier. He’s not as mature as Russell. He’s like a little doting puppy dog. I love animation anyway – am a huge fan and I thought this one had a really special script."
Are the younger members of your family excited about you doing kids TV?
“I have two nephews – Nathan and McKenzie aged seven and four - and they’re excited about it. I got given some merchandise – and they loved that, especially the picture of Mike the Knight on it. They love knights and things like that. At the minute there has been a lot about vampires and werewolves, which is great, but I feel the next movement – at the moment it’s superheroes with Captain America – I think knights and Robin Hood will come back again! I feel this is going to be riding a wave. For a period there was dinosaurs and robots and then vampires and I feel it’ll go back to the olde worlde Robin Hood-style world again.”
What did you enjoy when you were a kid?
“Everything that was Disney. Also, and I shouldn’t have been allowed to watch it, but Beavis and Butthead. I used to loved CBBC when I got back from school. The Moomins and Muppet Babies I loved as well – plus Fraggle Rock! I used to want to be an animator when I was a kid. I used to draw cartoons all the time. I got into acting I suppose because I loved animation, like Robin Williams doing the voice of the genie in Aladdin which I still think is up there as one of the best cartoon performances ever.”
Can you briefly tell us about your part in the new Sherlock on BBC1?
“It’s the Hound of the Baskervilles episode and I’m quite posh in it! I play Henry – and it’s going to be good!”
You tweet quite a lot don’t you?
“Twitter - I love it! The thing about it is it’s so instant. I went to Luton Airport the other day and there were all these police and I couldn’t get in and so I typed into twitter Luton Airport and it come up and said there was an evacuation. Any information you want, you just go there. Also, any reviews you want for TV shows or films – instantly you get a reaction from the public. It’s terrifying, but amazing.”
*Him & Her begins on BBC3, Tuesday, November 1; Mike The Knight starts on Monday, October 31 at 4.05pm on CBeebies
russelltovey: RT @ChrisRoseUK: At last, #MikeTheKnight starts today at 4.05pm on CBeebies! Look out for @colinmcfarlane and @russelltovey as a great pair of dragons ;-)
russelltovey: Is it ma'am as in arm or ma'am as in jam? X
russelltovey: RT @ChrisRoseUK: At last, #MikeTheKnight starts today at 4.05pm on CBeebies! Look out for @colinmcfarlane and @russelltovey as a great pair of dragons ;-)
russelltovey: RT @vencut2: For those with small people to entertain, Mike the Knight starts today CBeebies 4:05pm. Not JUST cos @russelltovey's voicing a part, honest.
vencut2: #HimandHer starts again tomorrow also featuring @russelltovey but I'll remind you about that tomorrow ;) #OnlySlightlyObsessedWithMrEars
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russelltovey: So it's ma'am as in harm and farm apparently... Great.... But I've had official response, if it's to the queen it's officially ham x sweet x
russelltovey: RT @THEKERRYHOWARD: One day until him and her is back in your lives! @russelltovey @Solemani @gillinghamjoe @bigtalk x
russelltovey: RT @CultBoxTV: BBC Three's #HimAndHer returns tomorrow, starring @russelltovey and @Solemani - here's our preview...
Monday, 31 October 2011 by William John
It was somewhere between Becky snapping the shatterproof ruler and Steve publically urinating that I knew I’d enjoy the first series of BBC Three's Him & Her.
The first series was a huge success, becoming the channel's "most successful ever sitcom", though it really isn’t difficult to work out why when you sit down and think about it. Slapstick jokes are one thing, but the key ingredient of any TV comedy, hell any show in general really, is the element of realism that is coupled with the fictional events; Him & Her is composed of realism.
I’m incredibly pleased to say that the second series of this unique show has retained every aspect of the social commentary that was present in Series 1; full to the brim with painfully awkward moments and equally blunt dialogue that pulls no punches whilst remaining as entertaining as always.
We begin a short while after the first series finished, where Becky, played by the beautiful Sarah Solemani, has moved into Steve’s flat. Russell Tovey, who plays Steve to perfection, mentioned at the recent press launch how the dynamic is different between them now; “They live together, Becky can’t simply go home if there’s a problem as this is home”.
New characters are also set to make appearances throughout the series, such as Julie Taylor (Katie Lyons), a woman who “looks like a famous actress”, is “gorgeous”, “works in Superdrug” and just happens to be Steve’s ex girlfriend… but surely that’s not enough to make Becky jealous?
We’re also treated to the return of Becky’s slightly disapproving parents Jill and Nigel (Marion Bailey and Ralph Brown) and Steve’s babying mother Janet (Joanna Bacon) as they meet for the first time at Steve’s ‘gourmet’ dinner party.
When asked about his planning of the second series, the show’s creator, Stefan Golaszewski, told us that he hadn’t planned too far ahead as he didn’t think Him & Her would be brought back for another series. However, he’s more than pleased with how it’s turned out. On Russell and Sarah, he commented: “They bring these characters to life and show them for what they really are supposed to be.”
I for one am incredibly excited about the new series. Having seen the first, excruciatingly cringe-worthy episode, I can guarantee it hasn’t lost any of its charm; in fact, even more accurate and honest than before.
Series 2 Episode 1 airs at 10.30pm on Tuesday 1st November 2011 on BBC Three.
Katielou1978: @russelltovey Which character are you on Mike the knight ? My daughter loved it, I'm more of a Him & Her fan myself x
russelltovey: @Katielou1978 Squirt the dragon x
russelltovey: RT @CBeebiesHQ: RT @jenntaylorpool: Thought @russelltovey made a very good dragon in #miketheknight !!
russelltovey: RT @SueTerryVoices: HIM & HER RETURNS FOR SERIES 2 @russelltovey & Sarah Solemani lead hit BBC3 sitcom. Tuesdays 10.30pm. A super comedy duo, both from STV.
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russelltovey: RT @voiceroy: Interview with Russell Tovey on voicing for Mike the Knight.
The actor Russell Tovey speaks about his role voicing a new children's TV character.
By Telegraph writer 31 Oct 2011
Actor Russell Tovey has built a TV career around programmes aimed at adults. There’s Him And Her, the BBC3 sitcom in which his character Steve shares a flat - not to mention intimate secrets - with his girlfriend. And there is Being Human, another BBC Three show, this one featuring vampires, ghosts, werewolves and occasional outbreaks of gore and violence, quite a lot of it involving Russell’s character, junior werewolf George Sands. His next project is a deliberate change of genre and direction, an opportunity to make a programme that will appeal to his brother’s two sons, Nathan and Mackenzie, who are six and four respectively. “I thought it was about time I made something for them,” grins Russell, chatting in the central London office of one of the production companies behind new CBeebies animated series Mike The Knight. “Nathan and Mackenzie are too young to watch a lot of the stuff I do but Mike The Knight is definitely aimed at their age group and the chance to make something that they could watch was an important reason why I said yes to it. That and the fact that I think it is very funny and exciting. “I genuinely think my nephews will love the show, actually, as will a lot of young children. I’m going back to Nathan and Mackenzie’s home in Essex, shortly, to show them the first episode and I’m also taking with me souvenirs from the show, some Mike the Knight Oyster Card holders which are designed for people to hold their Oyster Cards in when they travel on The London Underground. “They are probably not quite right for them at the moment. The Underground hasn’t quite stretched to their part of Essex yet and they are only six and four! But I hope they appreciate the gesture…“As things stand, my nephews are proud of me for being in Doctor Who and Nathan has a picture of me, as Midshipman Frame, which he takes into school to remind the teachers that his uncle was in one of the coolest shows on TV! “Although I reckon Mike the Knight could trump Doctor Who in terms of giving me credibility and kudos with my nephews. I could see it becoming quite a hit in the playground, with Nathan, Mackenzie and their mates talking about the programme and play-acting as knights.” Russell voices Squirt in Mike The Knight, a dragon who provides support, friendship and loyalty to the show’s hero, the titular Mike, as he and his friends – including Squirt’s fellow dragon Sparkie – encounter magic, mystery and excitement in the medieval kingdom of Glendragon. There are also Vikings and trolls to further spice up the action and delight the young audience. The tales are simple enough for under-fives to understand but don’t imagine for a moment that the process by which they have arrived on our TV screens is at all simple. Mike the Knight has been a long time in the making and Russell’s vocal contributions to the 52-part series stretched out over a full 12 months. Nor was the voice he gives to Squirt just dreamed up by him when he arrived in the recording booth to bring the character to life. “I wanted to put across his energy, kindness, faithfulness, loyalty, sweetness and lovability,” he explains. “I also wanted to make Squirt an innocent character because the audience is primarily going to be young children. “So I had to have a long think about how to bring all those characteristics and traits to the voice. I didn’t model Squirt on anyone I know, certainly nobody from TV, although the director pulled me up a couple of times when I was doing the voice. I was making Squirty sound a bit too stupid when what I was really trying to do was make him sound innocent, not daft. “So I had to quickly get him back him into Squirt territory!” The effort and commitment which Russell - who turns 30 on November 14 - brings to the characters he plays are probably prime reasons why he is currently one of the most sought-after actors in Britain. Ask him what he has coming up and he reels off a list of projects that would keep several thespians happy, never mind one single guy from Essex. “I’ve got a new series of Him And Her, which is airing November, and another series of Being Human, which will go out in the New Year. There’s a movie I’ve done called Grabbers, in which I play a guy who has worked out that the best way to ward off aliens is to have alcohol in your body, a small-budget British film called Tower Block and a rather bigger-budget animation movie with Hugh Grant called The Pirates, in which I play an albino pirate. There‘s also an episode of the BBC series Sherlock that I have filmed.” Phew! Does he ever get time to sleep?
Mike the Knight begins on CBeebies on Monday 31 October at 4.05pm
cafc97: @russelltovey my son loved #MikeTheKnight
russelltovey: @cafc97 awesome x
Alexandraraven: Also by far the nicest VO artist I had in today was @russelltovey Such a charmer! #suitetv
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Tom_In_Oz_: @IanOTimelord @russelltovey Thank you Ian a great clip worthy of blogging x
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edwardclarke: I TOLD YOU SOPHIE WAS GONE THIS WEEK! #xfactor
russelltovey: Wtf? X
Tom_In_Oz_: @edwardclarke .........you poor sad sausage....reality TV has a hold on you tooooooooooo......NO not you too....!!!!
edwardclarke: @Tom_In_Oz_ It's contagious! LOL. #xfactor’ s my guilty pleasure (well, one of them! :-P )
Tom_In_Oz_: @edwardclarke Hey Eddie have you met the gang? Tommy @TMarkstahler Bubs @markmmerrett Pat @demelza2 and @rudehamster
demelza2: @edwardclarke Hi *waves* hello.
Tom_In_Oz_: @edwardclarke Pat is Russ Tovey’s drama teacher from when he was an Essex lad!
edwardclarke: @Tom_In_Oz_ oh, wow!
Tom_In_Oz_: @edwardclarke Patti is gonna meet with Mark and Tom from Germany and possibly @rudehamster this Dec *a global Tovey blog following meeting*
edwardclarke: @Tom_In_Oz_ ooh, exciting!
TMarkstahler: @Tom_In_Oz_ @demelza2 @edwardclarke @markmmerrett Hi Eddie!!! Aren't you the knitmaster??? Or am I mixing something up here?
edwardclarke: @TMarkstahler Yes I do knit on trains sometimes! @Tom_In_Oz_ @demelza2 @markmmerrett
Tom_In_Oz_: @edwardclarke Bubs @MarkMMerrett draws werewolves and @TMarkstahler is the one up on charges of supplying Tovey with Almond M&Ms and of course I am trying to edit our conversation into blog fodder right now, that's my role !!!
MarkMMerrett: @Tom_In_Oz_ @TMarkstahler @edwardclarke @demelza2 @rudehamster Well to keep it on Tovey topic I will say this, "I Love Tovey"
edwardclarke: @MarkMMerrett @Tom_In_Oz_ @TMarkstahler @demelza2 @rudehamster Agreed! And so say all of us! xx
TMarkstahler: @edwardclarke So basically @markmmerrett is incredibly talented and I only know how to push a shopping trolley! :-( @Tom_In_Oz_
MarkMMerrett: @TMarkstahler @edwardclarke @Tom_In_Oz_ Sorry bro but that actually made me laugh out loud
TMarkstahler: @MarkMMerrett @edwardclarke @tom_in_oz_ Hey, it's true!
Tom_In_Oz_: No @TMarkstahler you are my twin - except for penis size we are almost identical (almost) @edwardclarke @MarkMMerrett @demelza2
MarkMMerrett: @Tom_In_Oz_ @edwardclarke @TMarkstahler @demelza2 erm, two straight (?) guys checking out each other's penis size @~@
MarkMMerrett: @TMarkstahler @edwardclarke @tom_in_oz_ He forgot to mention how intelligent, funny and lovely you are
Tom_In_Oz_: @MarkMMerrett @TMarkstahler @edwardclarke Bubs I said earlier, except for penis size he's the same as me!!!
AND NOW BACK TO OUR SCHEDULED PROGRAM
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tmxghost: @russelltovey is that your voice on a radio advert about ecstasy? Freaked me out a bit. I'm sure it was!!
russelltovey: @tmxghost yes x
Above: Russell Tovey as the albino pirate in Aardman Studio's "Pirates" movie due for release 30th March 2012.