Maxine Peake on Craven: Series 2 Episode 5 – Jan 25th, 2013

The episode airs next Friday on BBC Radio 4 at 10:45 am.

Series 2 of Amelia Bullmore’s retuning Police Drama ‘Craven’ starring Maxine Peake as Sue Craven concludes on Radio 4.

Craven is determined to prove that the dog bite murder of a homeless man, is part of a new wave of organised crime and the ‘legal’ drugs on sale at the Pet Shop is somehow linked. Her Boss DI Price has other plans.

When one of Adams mates dies of a ‘legal’ drugs overdose it is clear that the problem is wide spread and a local Pet Shop selling pond cleaner is not all it seems. Craven’s ‘regular irregular’ lover, Macca (Jack Deam) helps out.

As Watende Robinson’s wife goes into labour with their first baby, a break, takes the team to a farm in Denshaw where shocking activities and an abandoned child hint at a much bigger crime with big fish Tony Lau at its heart.

But it is the pack mentality of the women on the drug addled estate that brings the investigation to an end. We finish series two as the axe falls on the job of one member of the team.

Producer: Justine Potter
A Red production for BBC Radio 4.

Source: bbc.co.uk

Maxine Peake among nominees for Manchester Theatre Awards

Congrats to Maxine who is nominated as Best Actress for a Manchester Theatre Award!

Maxine Peake, Imogen Stubbs and Lysette Anthony will battle it out for the title of best actress at the 2012 Manchester Theatre Awards.

Peake has been nominated for her performance in Miss Julie, Stubbs for hers in Orpheus Descending and Anthony for her role in Lady Windermere’s Fan, which all ran at the city’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

Also nominated in the best actress group is Victoria Elliott for her performance in Two – again at the Royal Exchange – and Lucy van Gasse for her part in Wonderful Town at the Lowry.

Meanwhile, in the category for best actor in a visiting production, John Owen-Jones and Robert Bathurst will compete for their performances in The Phantom of the Opera and Blue/Orange respectively. They are up against Ray Fearon for his role as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Karl Davies for his performances in Henry V and The Winter’s Tale.

The Royal Exchange Theatre and the Lowry have received the most nominations across all of the 19 award categories, which include best musical, best studio production, best ensemble and groups for dance and opera too.

The Manchester Theatre Awards are chosen by a panel of nine independent regional theatre critics.

Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony at Manchester Opera House on March 26.

To see the shortlisted nominations in full go to manchestertheatreawards.com.

Source: the stage.co.uk

Hunger TV: interview with Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake is not your generic pinup – and that is something she would never aspire to be. She turned up on set for her shoot with her hair scraped back, no make-up on and wearing a rainbow-striped jumper under dungarees – and still looked fabulous.

Peake’s subversion of the conventional is exactly why she’s great. She had a turbulent start at the acting fray: early attempts at securing a place at numerous colleges proved fruitless, until she was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, aged 21. Her granddad, “a massive influence”, told her: “You’ll never make it as an actress, why do you want to go into that profession?” But she recalls this lightheartedly as, she says, “He was the instigator, really, that was what made me interested in doing something creative for a living.”

Bolton-born Peake has since played characters as diverse as rough-as-your-armpits Veronica in Channel 4 drama Shameless and, more recently, barrister Martha Costello QC in BBC legal drama Silk.


Read the rest of the interview here and watch the video on YouTube!

Maxine Peake as narrator on BBC Radio 4 ‘Shedtown’ series 2 – Jan 10, 2013

Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

The first episode of ‘Shedtown’ (series 2) will be broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 next Thursday at 11pm!

Who hasn’t thought about running away from it all at some time or other? Throwing caution to the wind, wrenching oneself out of a long established orbit to head for the deep space of the unknown?

In series two of Shedtown, our wooden icon of escape and isolation – the shed – continues to be a symbol of possibility and change. Our Sheddists arrived and survived – and, now waking from a beach-baked slumber, the familiar residents find faces old and new on the sand.

Episode 1:
Deborah Dearden arrives back at the beach. Not such a stranger – yet stranger still.

Barry……………………….Tony Pitts
Jimmy……………………..Stephen Mangan
Eleanor………………Ronni Ancona
Colin……………………Johnny Vegas
Deborah…………………Emma Fryer
William………………Adrian Manfredi
Diane………………..Rosina Carbone
Dave………………….Shaun Dooley
Father Michael……..James Quinn
Wes………………….Warren Brown
Nell………………………Eleanor Samson

Narrator……………..Maxine Peake
Music………………..Paul Heaton and Jonny Lexus

Written and Directed by Tony Pitts
Produced by Sally Harrison

A Woolyback Production for BBC Radio 4.

Duration: 28 minutes

Source: bbc.co.uk