Reminder: The 2nd episode of the Afternoon Play Number
10 broadcasts on Monday from 2:15pm – 3:00pm and may be listened to live and later again at the BBC Radio 4 page. Damian plays the part of PM Simon Laity.
A summary of Episode 2 from the BBC website:
Written by Jonathan Myerson. A leaked consultation document has the PM suggesting the armed forces budget should
be cut in half. The Chief of General Staff declares war on the PM.
It’s a minority Tory government and they need Lid Dem support to get their Health Bill through – Whitman (LD
Whip) wants imposed industry regulation, whilst the Tories want it to be voluntary.
The good news is that they have just signed a huge armaments deal with Saudi Arabia- securing factories and jobs
– which Hugo, the Deputy Prime Minister, did all the hard work on. But suddenly a journalist says that Hugo took a
bribe while there – in the form of a prostitute….
But obscuring all this is the news that the new Sheriff of Essex – controlling police and prisons – is cutting
costs by getting convicted criminals to stand outside the Lakeside Thurrock wearing placards proclaiming their
crime such as ‘Thief'”. She is determined to stick to it putting her in direct confrontation with the PM.
A summary of Episode 3 from the BBC website:
Written by Jonathan Myerson. The PM has recalled Hugo – his secret task is to open negotiations with the Lib
Dems to form a permanent alliance. Hugo isn’t keen but….
Meanwhile the Scottish Parliament is bringing in a ban on burqas and Number 10 wants the Prince of Wales to
soften the blow by bringing Islam into his all-Faith Conference. But a Muslim millionaire announces he will pay all
And Nathan is proposing a universal DNA database..
But everything goes up into the air when Princess Eleanor, seventeenth in line to the throne, goes missing,
maybe kidnapped…. Is the Home Secretary to blame for cutting his bodyguarding bill? How furious is the Prince of
Wales – just as they are asking him for a favour?
Chantel for the headsup!
Scene & Heard is an organization that pairs inner city children with theatrical professionals to teach them
the theatre arts. Click here on the
Audio page to listen to Damian reading Beauty & Death, a play written by 11 year-old Promi Chowdhury which aired on
BBC Radio back in 2006.
Damian Lewis will again be playing Tory PM Simon Laity in the BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play Number 10. The political drama will again be serialized in 5 parts with the first episode broadcasting on October 25th at 2:15pm. For information and download links from last year’s series click here.
A summary of the first episode from the BBC website:
Simon Laity- the new Tory PM – is trying to enforce across-the-board spending cuts but his ministers have all gone native. Then it’s leaked that he has commissioned a report which calculates the gain to be made by slashing the armed services budget in half. The Chief of General Staff goes ape.
Meanwhile they are interviewing companies to run the Number 10 coffee bar, and Amjad from Crown Appointments wants Simon to choose a new bishop for Yeovil.
And then there’s a British woman now married to a suspected senior Al-Qaeda terrorist who has just entered the country. She turns out to be here for an NHS kidney transplant. The hospital goes on strike.
First Loook: Promotional stills from Your Highness have been released and you can see Damian in the background of one of them. Damian will play “the head of a dastardly pack of knights”. Your Highness starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel is set for release on April 8th of next year.
DVD news: The Baker, retitled Assassin in Love, is finally available in the US on dvd and Blu-ray. Click here on the site for shop links. Also, the Band of Brothers Blu-ray box set, normally priced at $100, is priced at $34.99 at Target this week! :O
The New Zealand channel TV3 is now broacasting Season 2 of Life Tuesday evenings at 11:25 pm. Thanks to Ann for this info!
Got some time on your hands? Go vote for Damian Lewis as Your Favorite British Gent at the latest Hollywood Spy Blog poll! 😀
From the BBC website:
James Baldwin’s classic novel in its world premiere radio production, set in Paris, 1954. When handsome blond American David meets the stunning Giovanni in a “bohemian” Parisian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But David’s fiancé, Hella, returns to Paris and, unable to admit the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened, with calamitous results for all three, especially for Giovanni, whose life descends into murderous tragedy.
The Atlantic website has an interesting interview with military advisor Dale Dye who has nice things to say of Damian:
Which actors really understand what it means to be a soldier?
Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Damian Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Cruise, Ron Livingston, and Tom Berenger are at the top of my list. There’s just something in their backgrounds or mentalities that makes it easier for them to understand the soldiers’ point of view. All these actors do lots of homework. They listen more than they talk.
During publicity for Band of Brothers in 2001, Dye also praised Damian saying “He was terrific in training, busted his butt … there’s something in that little ginger shit’s eyes.” 🙂