Pleased to let you know that the first episode of Me & Mrs Jones is due to be broadcast via BBC One on Friday, October 12, 2012 from 21:30 with all six episodes to follow 'til November 16, 2012. As you already know the DVD is soon to follow.

Please do take note that all given info is subject to change upon the broadcaster's decisions and merely meant to keep you up-to-date.

 

 

From the BBC Press Office

Nat's interview

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Tell us about Tom's relationship with Gemma and if you based him on anyone you know

Tom as a character has many facets. He is one of those chaps that we all admire and like, but there is just something about him which is ever-so-slightly irritating. I think he'd make a very good choice for Gemma. He is somebody who is at first it seems, reasonably solid and honest, and dependable. It doesn't necessarily pan out like that. He has lovely little facets to him where he can speak different languages and, dare-I-say, comes across as a bit of a knob, or a bit of a know-it-all. I do that actually! There are too many of us out there who are a bit too close to Tom. I can't speak Thai in a Thai restaurant, but Tom would.

At one point he's described as a "toothbrush with three speeds" – dependable and strong, and that's lovely. He may not be the most inspirational choice for her, but he likes her very much. I think he's very keen on Gemma, there have been some other ladies and mothers flitting around the school gates at the beginning who I think would love to have made a play for Tom, but he makes his own play and takes the ball into his own court. He asks her out in the beginning, which is lovely for him - it's quite an ambitious thing for him to do. It works and she goes out with him, which takes him completely by surprise. Having asked her he probably thinks, "it'll never happen, it'll never happen" and when it does, he's elated.

How does it compare to other comedies you've worked on?

Well I'd like to say this is the tenth comedy I've worked on and I'm slick and easy at it, but that's not quite true. I did many years ago do a Harry Enfield series as a fireman with loads of makeup. This is a very different rhythm for me. It's lovely. It's very natural which is what I hope a lot of my other acting is in the drama field. But it's a different kind of naturalism and you have to really trust the words. They're brilliant words, but I'm not used to the rhythm of it. In the beginning, luckily I got loads of reassurance from my producers, Beryl and Serena, who were constantly coming up and saying "just trust yourself". It is very different – very often in a drama I'd think about the sentence as I was saying it. This is much more fluent, much more fluid. I found from the very beginning when we had a read-through with Neil and Sarah there, that I was dealing with people who were giving me a bit of a masterclass from the word go. I've actually worked with Neil before on stage in the West End, but that was only a half sort-of comedy – this is very different, and I felt very quickly in very good hands.

What was your favourite scene, and your highlight from the series?

We have many favourite scenes to look back on with this. For me, the funniest one I read was the very first scene. I wasn't even in it. I love it where Sarah is gathering up her children for school and they gather the post-mistress as well. I just think it's brilliant! There are a couple of other scenes - one in a later episode - I don't know if I should necessarily talk about the later episodes, but there are plenty. In the first episode, the Thai restaurant is a wonderful scene – Sarah and I had a blast when we were doing that when Tom gets to speak Thai. That was very good fun. Tae-Kwon Do! I take a Tae-Kwon Do class which took a couple of days to shoot and that was very funny. There's a little moment where Neil just jumps on my back. It's all very good.

What do you think will appeal to people?

I think the cleverness of this programme, which must have had a lot of thought go into it, is that it's going to be very easy to watch. It's a show where you'll have people from all walks of life recognising every single person in this, whether it be the child or Tom or Sarah, or whoever it is. There is a character there for everybody. The amount of times when I've been describing it to friends I've had people say "oh, that's me", or "I know that person", people can relate on just about every level. So many of the very funny things are very natural, we do them all every day. They're just that little bit heightened, which is what makes you fall on the floor when you're doing it. Sometimes we can't finish a take because we're laughing too much, and sometimes you see the cameraman chuckling and we have to do it again. Not having done many comedies, that must be the sign of a very funny script!

About the show

BBC One’s new comedy series, Me and Mrs Jones, follows the increasingly complex life of Mrs Jones (Sarah Alexander) as she balances love, affection, sex and motherhood between an ex-husband, one grown-up son, two young daughters and two male admirers with a 20-year age gap.

It stars Sarah Alexander (Coupling), Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly), Nathaniel Parker (Merlin), Robert Sheehan (Misfits) and Jonathan Bailey (Leonardo) and will air on BBC One from Friday 12 October at 9.30pm.

When Gemma’s (Alexander) grown up son, Alfie (Bailey) returns from travelling around Asia with Billy (Sheehan) - the friend he met on his travels - Gemma’s already jumbled world turns upside down.

Having lead a date-less single life since her divorce from Jason (Morrissey), Gemma ventures out on a first date with Tom (Parker) - one of the dads from her daughters’ school – only to return home to discover the sexy, young Billy staying in her house. There is a spontaneous romantic spark and Gemma is shocked to find herself having feelings for her son’s best friend. As much as she tries to fight these emotions, she struggles to resist the temptation to fall for him.

However, having embarked on a relationship with Tom, Gemma is torn between the directions her heart and her head are taking her.

Me and Mrs Jones was commissioned by Danny Cohen (Controller, BBC One) and Cheryl Taylor (former Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning), created and written by Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling (Green Wing, Campus), the series is being produced by Hartswood Films (Sherlock, Coupling, Jekyll, Men Behaving Badly), in association with Serena Cullen Productions (Push For Fiver, Rules Of Love).

It is directed by Nick Hurran (Outside Edge, Doctor Who) and produced by Serena Cullen, with Beryl Vertue as Executive Producer for Hartswood Films and Gregor Sharp Executive Producer for the BBC.

Cheryl Taylor said: “If there has been any anxiety recently about the number of funny women working in comedy here we have the perfect antidote with the wonderful Sarah Alexander starring in a highly entertaining series written by Fay and Oriane and produced by Beryl and Serena. Perfick.”

Executive producer Beryl Vertue said: “Producing comedy for the BBC is something we have done with great pride for many years and I am delighted we are back on BBC One with a new series. Hartswood Films has long been a creative hub for comedy, and it is a genuine pleasure to be working with the talented team behind Me And Mrs Jones.”

Producer Serena Cullen said: “Workıng wıth Beryl on Me And Mrs Jones has been a wonderful experıence so far so it feels just rıght to be extendıng thıs relatıonshıp. I look forward to workıng wıth the Hartswood team ın the future and to havıng a great deal of fun!”

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