I really loved the audioplay of ‘Love Virtually’ and would love to listen to the sequel read by Emilia and David. Hopefully it’ll be confirmed by the BBC soon!
The translators of the novel Love Virtually, which was adapted into a BBC audioplay starring David Tennant and Emilia Fox, have tweeted today that David will be starring in an adaptation of the novel’s sequel.
The dramatised version of Love Virtually by Austrian writer Daniel Glattauer was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 last March with David Tennant and Emilia Fox as Leo and Emmi, a couple who meet accidently on the internet and fall in love without ever meeting.. The sequel, Every Seventh Wave, which is published by Quercus Books on 31st January, picks up their relationship as Leo returns from working in Boston.
The @LoveVirtually Twitter account today tweeted:
“David Tennant fans will be delighted to hear he’s reprising the role of Leo Leike in “Every Seventh Wave”. Coming soon to Radio 4.”
They also suggested in an earlier tweet that Emilia Fox would also be involved again.
The BBC have yet to confirm the production and the casting, and there is no information yet about a possible broadcast date.
I knew I would have to read with Emilia Fox… gulp.
I guess I was a little nervous about this, only because she leads the show, has been doing it for years and my mum adores her.
I needn’t have worried. She was immediately warm and friendly, chatty and interested in what I was doing.
I knew I could just relax and when you’re relaxed you’re free to play. Away we went…
Boxer David Haye and Silent Witness star Emilia Fox join Carol Vorderman, Sally Lindsay, Carol McGiffin and Denise Welch for more lunchtime chat.
You can watch the episode here: link (expires in 6 days)!
British Airways interview actress Emilia Fox about the joy of flying, what to wear and other elements of the glamorous travel experience
Spoilers… don’t read if you don’t wanna know!
I think it’ll be a little bit strange to see Ed Stoppard as Nikki’s date because I still remember him as Hallam on Upstairs Downstairs… but we’ll see. But I’m also looking forward to meeting Jack although the article puts it right, Harry will be greatly missed and not only by Nikki!
SILENT WITNESS (BBC One, Thursday, 9pm)
LIKE any good TV crime-busting duo, Silent Witness’s Dr Nikki Alexander and Dr Harry Cunningham shared a real chemistry that hooked in fans almost as much as the gruesome cases they tackled.
But any hopes viewers had of the will-they-won’t-they pair finally getting together were scuppered by the departure of Tom Ward who, after a decade as pathologist Harry, called time on the show at the end of the last series.
So as the drama enters its 16th season, there’s a new man on the scene to help fill the void at the Lyell Centre. In an effort to keep his investigative team up to date, Professor Leo Dalton, played by William Gaminara, brings strapping young forensic scientist Jack Hodgson (David Caves) into the fold.
For Emilia Fox, who has played Nikki since 2004, Ward’s exit was “really sad, of course”, but not a huge surprise after such a long stint on the programme.
Her alter ego, however, is experiencing “quite a lot of denial” since Harry left to take up a post in New York.
“There have always been feelings there, which is why there are feelings that he’s gone,” the actress explains. “And yet it’s a really hard thing to do because it could slightly overwhelm the series that Harry and Nikki are not together again.
“So this series is more about re-forming relationships and also letting David come in and take his place in the trio. What’s also good is that his is a different job from Harry’s so there’s no suggestion of replacing him as a pathologist or a person. It’s a completely new energy and skill coming in.”
Viewers first meet Jack when he shows up to hunt for clues in a hotel room, the scene of the mysterious death of the wealthy boss of a sweets firm.
Caves describes his character, a cage-fighter in his spare time, as “a bit of a maverick”.
“He’s loose around the edges at times, but very good at what he does. He’s very focussed and driven and wants to make an impression as he has come to work for these guys.”
The nature of his job means he takes a different approach to investigations from his colleagues (“I’m more involved in taking evidence from the actual crime scene itself, and these guys are more focussed on the body”), making the scenario ripe for disagreements.
“Most of the time I come up with some sort of crazy idea about something without that much evidence to back it up at that point.
“I put it out there and it’s ridiculed by the pros here,” he says, laughing.
Though Caves is an accomplished stage actor, Silent Witness is his first TV role, and he admits he was “like Alice in Wonderland” when he first arrived on the set, in Acton, west London.
“I just couldn’t believe I was there,” he said. “I did a little dance to christen the cutting room.”
As well as dealing with a lead part in such a popular series, he has had to get to grips with all the dead bodies that crop up on the show, recreated on screen by a mix of prosthetics and carefully made-up actors lying on the slab.
“It’s amazing how quickly you get used to it, actually. What the art department and props do with those bodies is incredible. You just want to prod them constantly.”
And will there be any chemistry between Jack and Nikki for viewers to enjoy?
“Certainly from Jack’s point of view there is,” says the actor, who is from Belfast. “With any female in the vicinity, there’s a guaranteed flirtation. But yeah, we do have a bit of banter.”
Even so, it doesn’t stop Nikki from having her own bona fide romantic encounter this series, with a science minister played by Fox’s Upstairs, Downstairs co-star Ed Stoppard.
“I get taken out on a date, eight years in!” the actress declares triumphantly.
“Leo asks me to go to some heavy dinner, and Ed is there and asks me out. So it’s nice. You get to see Nikki having fun this series.”
Indeed, Fox admits she frequently begs the writers to allow her character to loosen up.
But she is at pains to point out that the Silent Witness team is conscious of how dark the subject matter can be.
“This series is very much about diluting it and focussing a bit more on the part that forensics play and on the relationships between us slightly lifting it out of that darkness.
“It’s a very difficult thing because it’s often violent death that we’re dealing with. You can’t ignore that, but getting the balance right is obviously something that we’re all aware of.”
Appearances > 2012 > 29th Feb | BBC’s The Detective Night (18 HQ’s)
I’ve added HQ promotional photos and finally HD captures from Emilia’s guest appearance on Upstairs Downstairs. This is probably one of my all-time favourite roles Emilia has played.
I’m still sad the show got cancelled unfortunately. If you haven’t watched it yet you definitely should since it’s available on DVD!
Professional boxer and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! star David Haye and Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox chat to panellists Carol Vorderman, Sally Lindsay, Carol McGiffin and Denise Welch in the studio.
When and where? January 9 at 12:30pm – 1:30pm on ITV1, STV, UTV
Repeat Wed 9 Jan 1:30pm, ITV1 +1, UTV1 +1