We spoke to showrunner James Graham and director Lewis Arnold about the hit BBC show
We spoke to showrunner James Graham and director Lewis Arnold about the hit BBC show
and Dark Money ) agrees, and adds that going down to the wire on filming ultimately made for a better collaborative process.June 28, 2022 Piers Morgan said: ‘RIP Dame Deborah James, aka Bowel Babe.Uncategorized Deborah James: BBC podcaster and bowel cancer campaigner has died aged 40, her family confirms In a statement announcing her death, Dame Deborah’s family described her as an “inspiration” Dame Deborah James at the Royal Ascot 2022 earlier this month (Photo: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Royal Ascot) By June 28, 2022 9:15 pm (Updated 9:45 pm) BBC podcaster Dame Deborah James, whose frank accounts of life with bowel cancer sparked millions in donations, has died aged 40, her family has confirmed.After a five year battle with stage 4 bowel cancer Dame Deborah James has died at the age of 40, her family has announced.
“James, I remember the two things in the treatment you were playing with were: do I expose the secret to the community or do we move forward? You hadn’t got that far in your own exploration of the characters or the material, but as a director reading that, it was great as it’s the first indicator that you’ve got someone who’s feeling out the process of the storytelling, and not just putting random flags in the sand.That was exciting to me.Such sad news.” Arnold adds of the ambiguous ending: “I loved the idea that it remains a secret, which is what we allude to now.In a statement announcing her death on her Bowelbabe Instagram on Tuesday evening, Dame Deborah’s family described her as an “inspiration”.There were some scenes that were cut that may have alluded to more people finding out, but I liked that she isn’t exposed for a decision she made and someone she was 40 years ago.Dame Deborah James was a true inspiration.That incredible scene in episode six of the reconciliation scene, which for me is the heart of this whole piece, these people are desperate to move on.“Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives.
As Charles Dale’s character says, he just can’t let go, even if he wants to.‘The way she talked about, and faced up to her cancer, moved the nation, inspired change, and undoubtedly saved lives.“Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives.You couldn’t have that amazing scene and then have all this exposing of Daphne as it feels dishonest.She is allowed, unlike some of the miners who made choices years ago, to hold on to what she has built for herself.’ Rylan Clark-Neal simply wrote: ‘Deborah James ❤️.” Graham thrives in the flux of an ever-changing production with input from cast and crew (“Without being pretentious, it really moves me when, for example, you find yourself in David Morrissey’s flat talking about masculinity and shame and how we can incorporate that more into his back story”).“We thank you for giving us time in private as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy long into the future through the Bowelbabe Fund.He turned the murder-mystery genre on its head from the start by revealing who the two murderers were, killing off key characters early, and throwing in early twists a lesser series would have strung out to the finale.What a legacy.“And a few final things from Deborah…’find a life worth enjoying; take risks; love deeply; have no regrets; and always, always have rebellious hope.
This structure was a very deliberate decision, he says: “I think people know what the proposition of Line of Duty is; the last episode an undercover officer will be revealed, so what we tried to do was almost take the curse off that.So at the end of every single episode, the thing that you think is going to be the hook, we just show you.’ Charlene White tweeted: ‘Cancer’s rubbish.And finally, check your poo – it could just save your life.Every time we set up what we think is going to be the series arc, we immediately undermine it by inviting the audience into that circle of trust by going ‘you’re asking the wrong questions, there’s another question we’re going to leave hanging until the end of the series’, as it’s a show about community and healing.” Related Story That’s why in Sherwood , the main crossbow-wielding murderer, Scott Rowley (Adam Hugill) – like Frogson’s murderer, Robert Boyer, in reality – had no overarching masterplan of revenge, but had severe mental health issues leading to delusions.Being a kid watching a parent fade away cos of cancer is rubbish.The same for Taylor’s killer, Terry Rodgers, these were two deeply troubled men who carried out horrific murders.The podcaster revealed in early May that she had stopped active treatment and was receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Woking, with her husband Sebastien and their two children by her side.The trio, who were all former or current cancer patients, candidly discussed life with, treatment of and other topics relating to cancer.
There’s no carefully constructed narrative to be revealed at the end of the series around these tragedies, because that’s not how it is in real life.I’m honoured to have shared the fight with her.The series has also presciently chimed with the theme of unions and picket lines, airing just as the UK’s rail industry goes on a nationwide strike.In episode four, there’s an incredible monologue from the lawyer and activist from the National Union of Mineworkers (Jennifer Hale, played by Lindsay Duncan) who reminds the characters that it was Thatcher’s government who in part engineered the strikes to divide the public.’ https://www.5 years to prepare, doesn’t make it any easy.“They wanted that strike," she says."They wanted to change the political landscape of this country away from collectivism towards deregulation market forces.com/p/CfXIN1-ob4X/ Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins went on to say: ‘Oh no…heartbreaking news that @bowelbabe has left us.5 years to prepare, doesn’t make it any easy.
Reasonable people can agree or disagree with that shift; the point is in order to achieve it they needed a war”.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it.Related Story The Best TV Shows of 2022 Does Graham feel the current government is playing by the same rule book? “It’s a strange feeling to see when the world collides with your art,” he says carefully.Who showed that even a terminal diagnosis wasn’t going to stop her living life to the full.“But I have a kind of theory that if you can make something universal and timeless enough, an audience will always project the day's events onto your drama.” He adds: “I’ve a really low tolerance for a kind of politics that looks for short term divisions just to gain political capital in a particular moment.’ First Dates personality Fred Sirieix tweeted: ‘Deborah James passed away.This story is being updated Topics.Because we know, and I hope that’s the story we tell in Sherwood, that they always have long term human consequences and it’s really painful.Damehoods are usually handed out by members of the royal family, including William, at investiture ceremonies which take place at royal palaces including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
The hardest thing to do is to govern on a platform of uniting people and not leaning into us-and-them politics of dividing people by groups; whether that’s culture, politics, class, left and right, north and south.RIP.It’s really dangerous and the pain I still see in the eyes of people from that community from people who can’t communicate in a healthy way with a family member because of a decision they made in 1984.It’s heartbreaking.Your incredible spirit will live on.And when that’s used as a cheap political weapon by a government, particularly a populist government, and we all know and are familiar with that language and the weapons, it's not surprising.It can happen on the left and the right, it’s not a polemical thing.‘We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mummy.
“But we are in a moment, if we’re all honest, that is, in its character and make up, they [the government] are weaponiSing some of the same old stuff, saying you should hate 'them', or 'them', and it really upsets me.It’s been useful to explore that through drama.‘Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives.” Graham and Arnold say that their debut project together has been so harmonious, that they’re already “bashing ideas around” for their next production together, although they’re both splitting off to create other shows at the moment.Arnold is working on a seven-part series for ITV that he can’t tell us much about yet – other than it includes some of the cast of Sherwood – while Graham is going in a totally different direction, with his musical with Elton John about tele-evangelism in the 1980s and Tammy Fay Baker, expected at the end of this year.Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring.Given the success of Sherwood (four million people tuned in for the opening episode) it’s only natural that fans will want to know if there’s a second series planned.
Graham grins.“In a really nice way, we all went into this just enjoying the self-contained nature of the single story and trying to find the integrity of making this with absolutely no pressure from the BBC “can you have a hook at the end of the series?”.“I’m not going to lie that there haven’t been different conversations where people have gone, ‘Can it exist in a different form?’ And just asking the question, what would that be like? Would it be like True Detective , where you reset everything and have an entirely different story set in the East Midlands, or do you bring back these characters? Really joyfully right now, I have no answer to any of those questions.What I’m really grateful for is the idea that because it seems to have connected with an audience and they seem to really like it, that that question is alive.It feels really great without feeling any of the pressure of having to know what that would be.
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