Who read to you as a kid?
When I was a kid I read Where the Wild Things are and Tin Tin and my dad used to make up stories about a rabbit called Flopsy who had adventures. He totally improvised it but we recorded it. No idea where those tapes are now though.
What are you reading at the moment?
I love second-hand bookshops; if I find Ian McEwan in a second hand book shop I buy it. I've read Saturday and Amsterdam. I haven't read Enduring Lovebut I've bought the more obscure ones. One I got recently is called The Comfort of Strangers and it was, like, dark.
I love autobiographies too. The last one I read was by Ann-Margaret, the film star by an artist called Annie Kevans and I love that painting, I bought it and it made me want to know about her. I got curious about this person starring down at me. Oh and I've still got Boy George's one, Take It Like A Man, sat there to read.
I also want to read the book of the film Brad Pitt's just finished filming, World War Z by Max Brooks
What will you and Sarah Solemani be reading at Stories Before Bedtime?
Extracts from Ovid. I won't be too formal with it. There's an inclination when you're reading these word pieces to put on a theatrical RSC voice but I think I'm gonna give it a bit of chav. I'm doing it with Sarah, so it'll be a laugh. Now that the press night for Sex With A Stranger is over, I can give the text some more attention, it's beautiful. Stories Before Bedtime is going to be charming and funny. My co-stars from the show, Jaime [Winstone] and Naomi [Sheldon] will be there too (to watch).
Alongside Russell and Sarah, Tom Hiddleston will be reading from Tennessee William's the Kingdom of Earth and Niamh Cusack will read Angela Carter’s The Courtship of Mr Lyon.
Stories Before Bedtime: Twisted Love
Friday 10th February 2012
£12.50 (£10 concessions)
I have no real reason to keep watching and it’s not really to do with Russell Tovey leaving. OK I may be going out on a limb but it's my chance to voice MY humble opinion. "Eve of the War" was patchy at best and doesn't rate well in the story arch created by the first 3 seasons. By the end of the show it was a shambles – like drawn threads tied neatly that were supposed to be clever - but left me emotionally disconnected and I don't think there was any light to balance the dark. The Mr Weasly soothsayer guy just didn’t work on any level for me...and neither did the whimpy vampire who got the campervan as a mystery prize and left!
If you watch the last episode of season three with first episode of season four the average person would be slashing their wrists….like I said at start I am ANGRY…this could have been better…the so called trap for George & Tom just didn’t make sense…basically if George sat in his room and wallowed in more grief by the end of the episode they would be alive …the dialogue just wasn’t convincing for George to trust Tom to go to the warehouse…
Basically if the character Annie had done her job none of this mess would have happened… when you think about it…she is responsible for all the others dying! And what was odd, was that when Annie told George his daughter was gone, George didn't even get slightly mad at her...the script writing was fraying at the seams compared to other season!
Russell's acting was pretty much the only good thing about the episode and though it was meant to be heart wrenching I didn't shed one tear!
There were so many plot points that didn't make sense...even the lack of Jewish stuff around Eve's crib surely George didn't become a Christian just for one ep!...
Did you notice there we no George moments where he had flashbacks to Nina - not a one! So it's pretty obvious why Sinead left the production...and there is no farewell Sinead vid or mention of one being made but Turner and Tovey got one! I suppose 3 years of having been in the cast and virtually ignored by BBC must have gotten Sinead Keenan down at times!
My ramblings here are cobbled too…like the threads that didn’t make sense in the show…but at least it might make some of you think more deeply about some of the behind the scenes goings-on in the show…
Tom in Oz (on a limb)
Sex With A Stranger