Friday, November 4, 2011




In the following tweets there are links to pictures of tits.

russell tovey

russelltovey: Lovely autumunal November day... Just kicking the leaves... And the dog shit... For fucks sake!! X

Jo Ramsay

jo_ramsay73: @russelltovey luvverly spring day in Australia. Slightly sun blushed. Kicking nowt really just loving life and the promise of summer ahhh xx

russell tovey

russelltovey: @jo_ramsay73 hmmmmm x

laura butler

SmartiePants81: @russelltovey Just watch him&her for 3rd time! Can see it becoming an obsession.

russell tovey

russelltovey: @SmartiePants81 amazing... A very healthy obsession I think... ;-) x

russell tovey

russelltovey: Over 60k witty followers... I am overwhelmed.. It's almost biblical... Who is up for some loaves of bread and fish? Come to papa x

russell tovey

russelltovey: Please follow @robsavva who is raising money for his autistic son x

russell tovey

russelltovey: Please follow @robsavva who is raising autism awareness for his son... X

George Powell

george_powell: @russelltovey H&H best thing on tv at the mo'. what do you expect, Russell?

russell tovey

russelltovey: @george_powell here here! X

Joanne Shorter

Jodrogman: @russelltovey I loved him and her you are brilliant in it xxxx I have been in stitches!

russell tovey

russelltovey: @Jodrogman thanks Joanne!!! :-) x

russell tovey

russelltovey: RT @RoxRobin: @Solemani & @russelltovey are on #SFTW tomorrow bright & early. Tune in from bed in true Him & Her fashion please. No excuses :-)

Penny Bolton

minnietiney: @russelltovey. Will episode 1 be repeated before episode 2 shows? Or can I watch on iplayer? X

russell tovey

russelltovey: @minnietiney repeated all week and yes still on Iplayer x

Penny Bolton

minnietiney: @russelltovey thought i'd let you know it worked last night! So taking dog out then back to watch #him & her. At Last!!!

russell tovey

russelltovey: @minnietiney good news x

russell tovey

russelltovey: Can someone send me a picture of their tits? I'm in one of them moods... X

Lisa Robinson

LisaRobbo75: @russelltovey wanker


Grounded5am: @russelltovey here are some tits

John Swanston

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TheWorldOf_Mimi: @russelltovey I could only fit one of my tits in the picture ;-)

russell tovey

russelltovey: Please ignore that last tweet... I don't know what came over me.... X

julie atherton

Julie_Atherton: @russelltovey it was me! I came over you! X

russell tovey

russelltovey: Apologies x

Becky Ageros

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It may not be for the faint-hearted, but Russell Tovey explains there’s more to BBC Three’s Him & Her than toilet humour

Published Friday 4 November

Russell Tovey walks off the set of Him & Her giggling like a naughty schoolboy.

“We were doing a scene in the bathroom this morning,” he grins.

“It was same one we were meant to complete last night but we couldn’t because we couldn’t stop laughing. So they sent us home.”

Those who saw the first series will know that toilet humour is a big part of Him & Her, a warts-and-all comedy about Becky and Steve - a young, unemployed couple - and the random assortment of friends, relatives and misfits who pop into Steve’s squalid bedsit.

Tovey, who plays lazy, loved-up Steve, admits that his mum found certain scenes “a bit gross” but he thinks the fact Steve and his girlfriend Becky aren’t bashful about their bodily functions serves a purpose.

“A few people said we were trying to shock, which wasn’t what it was about,” he says, shaking his head.

“This couple have no boundaries. They have no inhibitions in front of each other and it’s about the freedom of that and the beauty of being in love and accepting the other person.”

The series is filmed in real time and set solely in the bedsit.

“It’s our little cage,” he adds with a wince. “We get in there and talk filth. It actually is quite filthy now, the sofa stinks!”

While Tovey admits to living in a few dives in his time, he describes himself as “quite house-proud” and says his north London home, where he lives alone, is very clean.

But apart from that, and the fact that Tovey is gay and Steve is straight, the actor says there’s not much else to separate them.

“I am Steve,” he declares.

“I’ve had arguments with partners before and find myself sounding like Steve or quoting lines from the script.”

For a man on the dole, Steve’s got a fair amount to deal with in this series. Becky (played by Sarah Solemani) has just moved in and, although he declares it to be the best day of his life, he’s aware that things are going to change.

“She’s brought fairy lights and girly things. There’s jewellery, and Sarah was desperate to get a box of Tampax there, so if you look closely, you’ll see it,” he says.

“Steve wants it to be a bachelor pad. He’s semi-reluctant, but as it’s a love story, this is a natural progression for them.”

Their loner neighbour Dan, who likes to pop over unannounced, is still around, as is sad single mother Shelly (played by Doctor Who actress Camille Coduri), Becky’s dimwit sister Laura and her aggressive fiance Paul.

But there’s also a new regular caller at the flat in the shapely form of Steve’s pushy ex-girlfriend.

“She’s tough and quite intimidating to Steve. She walked all over him in their relationship, but now she wants him back because he’s happy with Becky,” Tovey explains.

“You’d expect Becky to be stronger, but she’s anxious about it, especially as her sister’s decided that the ex is going to be her new best friend, and talks about her the whole time.”

Although it’s a comedy, many of the characters are sad and damaged, and Tovey thinks this suits the show’s type of humour.

He says: “I like the fact the show has such a truth behind it. It’s billed as a comedy but it’s not like, ‘Boom, boom, boom, there’s the joke!’ There’s no studio audience, it’s played for real. They actually try to comb out the jokes and not make it so obvious.”

At the age of 29, Tovey can be considered somewhat of a seasoned comedy actor. Inspired by films such as The Goonies and Stand By Me, Tovey has been acting since he was 11. He first appeared on screen in 1994 in children’s television programme Mud, and then went on to other screen and stage roles.

But it was only when he was cast as school jock Rudge in Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys that he really hit the big time.

The play, which also starred then little-known actors Dominic Cooper and James Corden, started in 2004 at the National Theatre but the cast went on to do a radio version, an international tour, a six-month stint on Broadway, a homecoming stint in the West End and a film.

“I think I did 560 shows,” says Tovey, nodding. “It was part of my life for nearly three years so I’m definitely still in touch with James and Dom... all of them.”

Corden has since co-written and starred in Gavin And Stacey (in which Tovey appeared as Gavin and Smithy’s mate Budgie) while Cooper is now a leading Hollywood male.

“We all worked before The History Boys but that was a big benchmark for us,” Tovey reflects. “I feel very privileged to have been part of it.”

Tovey also has a profile across the pond, after Being Human went down a storm on BBC America. The supernatural show, in which he stars as werewolf George, has since been remade for American audiences.

“I’ve seen bits of it,” he says. “And I’m friends with the werewolf and the ghost on Twitter.

“Their George is less attractive, not as buff, not as funny, and can’t scream as high,” he quips.

The possibility of Him & Her also being remade for America has been tabled, Tovey says, but he’s not sure it would work as well.

“I can imagine a sleazy couple in Missouri or Baltimore,” he says, his eyes wrinkled in thought. “But they have a different temperament when it comes to bodily functions, Brits are better at it.

“Also, the American unemployed people would be really buff and fit. And I don’t think the actors would like to play sleaze, whereas actors here, we love it. We dwell in filth.”

Him and Her felt more like reality TV than TV comedy

TV review: Hundreds of sitcoms have been built around the notion of flat-sharing lovebirds but few have caught the sniff of slightly grubby sex with such sheet-soiled accuracy as Him & Her (BBC3).

As love’s young sleazers Steve and Becky fill in the spaces between s**gging – mostly with their deranged rhomboid of friends – Him & Her feels more like reality TV than TV comedy.

Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani have the kind of kinky chemistry you can’t fake. Things have moved on from the first series and Becky has moved in to Steve’s flat but the trickle of slacker erotica – most episodes feature Steve taking a pee without closing the bathroom door – remains undiluted.

In a way, writer Stefan Golaszewski is celebrating old-fashioned romance, in the sense that the central idea of Him & Her is that, somewhere out there, your perfect mate exists.

Steve and Becky, united by dubious hygiene and an inability to get dressed, are made for each other, right down to the tips of toes you know need a good clipping. If I was to carp, I’d say Him & Her could do with a few more laughs but I’d find it hard to credit that these two aren’t living at the end of my street.



russell tovey

russelltovey: It's the photo you've all been waiting for.. Emma Thompson #planking on the set of #Effie… How amazing is this??!

John Riley

stairforce: @russelltovey Not very. A celebrity doing something stupid does not make it any less stupid.

russell tovey

russelltovey: @stairforce tough crowd....

Tom In Oz ✔

Tom_inOz_: @russelltovey @stairforce Russ had it wrong Emma was doing a horizontal tango x


megsiobhan: @russelltovey Emma Thompson and Meryl Streep are the two actresses who can just be flawless and amazing whatever they do!

russell tovey

russelltovey: @megsiobhan have you seen HBO's Angels in America... One of the best things I've ever seen x

russell tovey

russelltovey: With an Al Wei Wei monkey at LACMA... Happy Friday wittys

Steve Ballard

SwindonSteve: @russelltovey which is which? X

russell tovey

russelltovey: @SwindonSteve exactly x

russell tovey

russelltovey : RT @bbconeni: Missed last week's #Merlin or the first new ep of #himandher? Catch them tonight with our friends @bbc3tv!

russell tovey

russelltovey: RT @kentonallen: by RT @bigtalk RT @scallyg: @Solemani @russelltovey @bigtalk @kentonallen Make your own Him & Her out of paper

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