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18 March 2012 @ 07:41 am
The Job Lot: ITV1 has announced its first sitcom pilot commission since 2008, a comedy starring Russell Tovey as a Jobcentre worker.

Trade publication Broadcast reports that a non-broadcast pilot of The Job Lot will be produced by Big Talk Productions, the company behind BBC Three's HIm and Her in which Tovey also stars. Source: The British Comedy Guide
 
 
31 January 2012 @ 11:17 am
My preview of Being Human season four:

Being Human Season Four preview
 
 
25 December 2011 @ 09:16 am
In this interview with British newspaper Metro, Tovey reveals how he is peeing on camera. Quote:

You do a lot of weeing in the show… 

I wasn’t aware of how much until I saw the series at the screening. Steve, my character, must have a weak bladder because he’s always pissing.  Humans wee, so it’s true to life.

Is it embarrassing to do?

No. I’ve done a lot worse. It’s just a tube I have to squeeze. You have a bag under your arm you have to squeeze to get the flow right. It’s a bit of a balancing act and quite a skill.

 
 
25 December 2011 @ 08:57 am
And finally, from the same interview with the Guardian, Tovey about his future career moves.
Quotes:
Tovey himself has just returned from Los Angeles, where his agent had him hob-nobbing with casting directors and studios, confident that Tovey's affable charm (and increasingly buff body), will land him meaty film parts. <more text>

It seems, however that the career angst is beginning to pay off: Tovey has begun shooting with Dakota Fanning and Julie Walters on Effie, Emma Thompson's upcoming film about the art critic John Ruskin. "I've been so involved with TV shows, I've been unavailable for films, which is my dream," says Tovey, suddenly all earnest and wistful. "I'd love the career of Julie Walters. As a man."

Effie is supposed to hit British cinemas in June 2012.
 
 
25 December 2011 @ 08:46 am
In the same interview by the Guardian, Tovey also comments on the sleeper hit comedy Him and Her, the show called out in the press for being crude, filthy, lewd and grubby,.

Quote: He reckons that Steve is the closest he has come to playing a character like himself. "Steve is so straight, like so many of the people I play, but I'm incredibly relaxed in the role," he says. "The humour is completely to my taste."

 
 
 
25 December 2011 @ 08:39 am
Great interview with Tovey in the Guardian where he clearly indicates that he will not return to Being Human after series 4. Issued November 11. Quote:
"Well, I've actually left Being Human but no one [outside of the show] knows yet," he says, bursting our bubble. The news will come as a shock to fans, still reeling from Aidan Turner's exit as his character, Mitchell the vampire, was killed off by George in the season three finale. "Aidan's left to film The Hobbit in New Zealand [with Peter Jackson] and going on without him on this fourth series felt strange," says Tovey by way of explanation. But for such a huge sci fi-ish hit on both sides of the Atlantic, doesn't having only one of the original cast members left put the show in major jeopardy?

"No, with Being Human the story can definitely go on and on," Tovey insists. "Toby [Whithouse, the writer] still runs it and they can do all sorts ... add giants and robots!"

What do you guys think? My comment: I think it is a good step forward for Tovey, so that he can take on more diverse and challenging roles in the future.

 
 
03 November 2011 @ 02:04 pm
Cultbox  conducted a great interview with Tovey. Published on 01 November, reporter: Will Martin. Here is the text:
As well as returning to BBC Three tonight as Steve in the second series of hit comedy Him & Her, Russell Tovey will be seen next year in Series 4 of Being Human and an episode of Sherlock. CultBox caught up with Russell to find out more about these and his other future projects...

How was your recent trip to LA? "Amazing, intense! I had a week out there, about 20 meetings. I was walking into rooms thinking that nobody would really have seen any of the work I’ve done and actually so many of them had seen shows like Being Human, Little Dorrit, History Boys...

"The studios there are trying to format Him & Her at the minute, so a lot of them had seen that. I was sitting there realising how many British shows are actually seen over there, it was very exciting.

"I signed with an agent there last year and this has been my only opportunity to get over. I had a week between jobs so I’m just thinking
about the future so that when I go out next time, they know who I am."

Can you tell us a bit about your guest role in Series 2 of Sherlock?

"Ah, what can I tell you about Sherlock? It’s amazing to be a part of it; I’m in the second episode. It’s called The Hounds of Baskerville and I play a character called Sir Henry Knight. I get to act with Benedict and Martin which was awesome.

"We did about two and a half weeks of night shoots in Cardiff and I felt like I had jetlag! It’s going to be very good. "I think a lot of people are anticipating it because it’s one of the most well-known of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, so there’s quite a lot of pressure on it and hopefully it delivers the goods!"

Has the story been updated with a modern twist?

"Yeah, completely, a completely modern twist. The beauty of Sherlock is that it’s completely loyal to the style and tone of the books, but
there’s this juxtaposition of old and new. That’s what is so exiting about the show is that balance and the quirky reinterpretation of it
all."

Would you say it’s quite a scary episode?

"Yeah, yeah, yeah – big time scary! It’s about a hound. Hounds are scary!"

Series 4 of Being Human is filming at the moment. As you’ve been doing other projects, does that mean you’re not in the whole series?

"No, when it comes out people are going to see that it’s very spread out and there’s a lot more characters in this series.  "Because we lost Aidan in the last series because he got killed – the character, not the actor – a lot more happens in this series, so there’s been opportunities to go off and do other things."

So is it more of an ensemble cast in Series 4?

"Absolutely, yeah. Michael Socha, who was Robson Green’s son last  year, is coming back. Craig Roberts is back as the young vampire, he
went off to do the Submarine movie, he’s amazing. There’s a brand new vampire – Damien Molony plays a character called Hal, he’s
kinda become the new head vampire.  "There’s so many new characters being introduced, it’s really exciting. I can’t way to see it all fit together!"

"You’ve still got your loved ones in there and the fans are still going to really enjoy it, but it’s the fourth series now and the
storyline is going completely crazy, I think people will love it."

Do you have any plans to do any more theatre work in the near future?

"Yeah, there’s a play meant to be happening next year, it’s all being finalised, so you might see me back in the West End in January/February time. I can’t really talk about it now!"

It’s a couple of weeks until a certain big birthday, how are you feeling about turning 30?

"I’m terrified! I kinda wish people didn’t know so I could still say I’m younger. I don’t mind being the age that I’m going to be, I just
don’t want to celebrate it, I want to disappear. Apparently your 30s are the best years of your life, so fingers crossed on that one!"

 
 
03 November 2011 @ 01:58 pm
Digitalspy has a brief interview by Cultbox with Tovey on his appearance on Sherlock, The Hounds of Baskerville (2012):

George in Being Human season 3

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Russell Tovey has described his upcoming guest role on BBC One's Sherlock as "amazing".

The Him & Her actor will play Henry Knight in 'The Hounds of Baskerville', the second episode of the detective drama's 2012 run.

"It's amazing to be a part of it," he told Cult Box. "I think a lot of people are anticipating it because it's one of the most well-known of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, so there's quite a lot of pressure on it and hopefully it delivers the goods!"

Tovey added that Conan Doyle's original 1902 novel has been given "a completely modern twist" by writer Mark Gatiss.

"The beauty of Sherlock is that it's completely loyal to the style and tone of the books, but there's this juxtaposition of old and new," he said. "What is so exiting about the show is that balance and the quirky reinterpretation of it all."

Spooks star Lara Pulver will also appear in the second series of Sherlock as Irene Adler. Earlier this month, the actress told Digital Spy that Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) will have an "infatuation" with her character. "We're both very much playing a mind game with each other," she revealed. "We've met our matches with each other."

Sherlock will return to BBC One in early 2012.
 
 
03 November 2011 @ 01:55 pm
Russell Tovey will appear in episode 2 of series 2 of Sherlock, the episode title is The Hounds of Baskerville.
According to IMDB, the release date for this 90-minute TV show is not before 2012. Tovey plays the role of Sir Henry.
Note from Wikipedia: "The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of four crime novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound."
See also the Wikipedia article on the show, stating that the US release by PBS television is not before May 2012.
 
 
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Being Human‘s Russell Tovey has been cast in BBC’s Sherlock. He will play the role of Sir Henry Baskerville, Sir Charles Baskerville’s nephew in The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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