Sunday, January 25, 2015

West goes East(Enders)

Turning on the TV on Friday night, I was surprised to see Timothy West starring in EastEnders. It seems he's actually been in the show for the best part of a year. He's certainly not the first big-name thesp to appear in a soap - take Ian McKellen's stint in Coronation Street, for instance (West has been in that too) - though he's perhaps the first to have to interact with Danny Dyer...

The fact that it's a TV programme means that scenes can be halted and reshot if West forgets his lines - sadly that wasn't possible when I saw him in Bertolt Brecht's The Life Of Galileo at the Birmingham Rep back in 2005.

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