Sunday, October 24, 2021
Joan dropped into Virgin Radio earlier to chat to Graham Norton about her Sunday Times Best Seller 'My Unapologetic Diaries'.You can listen to the show here! 2.36m in!
THINK FACTORY MEDIA
QUEENS OF DRAMA
JASON SHANE SCOTT
Special Guest Star JOAN COLLINS
A group of seasoned daytime drama actresses get together with legendary night time drama star Donna Mills ( Knots Landing ) to develop, pitch and produce a new drama series pilot that will be picked up by a network...
Queens of Drama, starring a sextet of current and former suds sirens—Donna Mills (Knots Landing), Vanessa Marcil (General Hospital), Lindsay Hartley (All My Children), Chrystee Pharris (Passions), Crystal Hunt (One Life to Live), and Hunter Tylo (The Bold and the Beautiful). Their goal is to write themselves a drama series and pitch it to the networks. But first they have to lay down their pitchforks. Mills gave us a preview.
|Joan on set with Donna & stylist Rene Horsch|
Saturday, October 23, 2021
From Tiger Aspect Productions
SHERRIE HEWSON as Joyce Temple Savage
JAKE CANUSO as Mateo Castellano
SIOBHAN FINNERAN as Janice
JANINE DUVITSKI as Jacqueline Stewart
TONY MAUDSLEY as Kenneth Du Beke
TIM HEALY as Les
ADAM GILLEN as Liam Conroy
KENNY IRELAND as Donald Stewart
STEVE PEMBERTON as Mick Garvey
SHEILA REID as Madge Garvey
HANNAH WADDINGHAM as Tonya
RUSTIE LEE as Queenie
THE KRANKIES as Pepe & Agnes
MATTHEW KELLY as Cyril Babcock
JOHNNY VEGAS as Geoff Maltby
ELSIE KELLY as Doreen Maltby
CHRISSY ROCK as Janey York
DANNY WALTERS as Tiger Dyke
DERREN LITTLE as Elvis
BOBBY CRUSH as Billy Sparkle
BOBBY KNUTT as Eddie Dawson
JULIE GRAHAM as Sheron Dawson
STEVE EDGE as Billy Dawson
JOHN CHALLIS as Monty Staines
PAUL BAZELY as Troy Ganatra
KEVIN BISHOP as The Original Peter Andre
JOSH BOLT as Rob Dawson
JASON MANFORD as Andre
MADNESS as Themselves
& JOAN COLLINS as Crystal Hennessy Vass
Series 6 - Episode 7 ... 2014 -Directed by Sandy Johnson
Series 7 - Episode 5 ... 2015 - Directed by Sandy Johnson
Series 8 - Episode 7 ... 2016 - Directed by David Sant
Series 9 - Episode 9 ... 2017 - Directed by David Sant
Joyce Temple Savage is doing her best to run the Solana and make it a quality hotel, but when the hotel chain ceo Crystal Hennessy Vass turns up unannounced to check the resort, Joyce has more than enough on her plate! Crystal's visit become frequent every season and when corners need to be cut, it's Joyce who is due for the chop!
Joan enjoyed her guest appearances on 'Benidorm', although she had never watched it at first, it was only when sister Jackie mentioned the show as she had enjoyed it, that Joan took notice of the sitcom.
Joan had known Sherrie Hewson for sometime and Joan has appeared on Loose Women many times, Sherrie recalled..
“Whenever I’ve met Joan, she’d say, ‘Oh my God, I’m desperate to be in Benidorm!’ So I said I’d mention it…”
“I didn’t know she was going to play my boss, which worked out beautifully. She’s the CEO of the company. She lays down the law and poor Joyce gets it in the neck. I get heavily put down.”
“She’d love to come back. She had a wonderful time out here and loves the show.” Although things are truly terrible for Joyce this, was glad to see Crystal turn up in the comedy again as it meant some memorable on-screen moments with again.
Tim Healy (who plays transvestite barman Lesley) says: “I had a great scene with her, yeah. The first person she sees when she comes in the hotel is me, or the back of my head and of course I turn round and I start talking to her about putting me bras on a boil-wash… She was great fun and remarkable for her age.”
You can buy the complete series of ten seasons on this recent box set which also features many extras and 4 postcards.. You can order at the following link ..
Friday, October 22, 2021
THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES
JOAN COLLINS as Helen Shelly
PAULINE COLLINS as Priscilla
FRANCO NERO as Alberto
RONALD PICKUP as Frank
SIAN REEVES as Sarah
JOELY RICHARDSON as Lucy
MICHAEL BRANDON as Harry Scheider
ALLENE QUINCY as Ileana
RICHARD SYMS as Reg
WAYNE CATER as Coach Driver
MATILDA SHAPLAND as Eleanor
MARIE BORG as Sylvie
PASCAL HENAULT as Pianist
Written by Roger Goldby
Music by Stephen Warbeck
Executive Producer - Tim Rice Jonathan Shalit Joan Collins Percy Gibson etc
Produced by Sarah Sulick & Azim Bolkiah
Directed by Roger Goldby
(c) 2017 .. UK .. 104 mins ... Color ..
Helen a fading Hollywood star who has been confined to a care home because of a bad hip vows to escape so she can attend an old boyfriends funeral. On the way she enlists the help of a downtrodden housewife Priscilla, who becomes her road buddy.
This 2017 film was a labour of love for Joan as she had spent a few years trying to get the project together and it was worth the wait. With a cast of interesting, quirky characters, Joan and Pauline Collins make a wonderful team and provide a memorable journey.
'' I based the character of Helen loosely on Debbie Reynolds, who was great beauty who had her share of lows in life. Even though my character is a bitter, twisted, rather nasty kind of person on the outside, underneath there is a sweet person to be found. When they were casting Priscilla, one person who absolutely jumped out at me from the pages was Pauline, who I admire tremendously as an actress and we have known each other many years.''
Roger Golby, director of The Time of Their Lives
What makes it so special?
First and foremost the main characters, who are the perfect odd couple. These two very different women come together by chance, go on an incredible journey, change each other, and end up as true friends. It's a warm, uplifting tale of two strong, mature female characters that people can identify with - and how they break free. I hope audiences find it funny too of course!
You wrote The Time of Their Lives. What inspired the story?
I've always been drawn to stories about older people. I suppose in a way it was inspired by my grandmothers and great aunt. These were three older women who were really important in my life. They showed me that older people can still to do things, still change, and are perfectly capable of going on an adventure.
Was it a coup to get Joan and Pauline for the film?
Absolutely. A film like this is made or broken by the cast. Joan is a legend, but she also has incredible depth of performance and real charisma. When I first met her and she agreed to do the film, we talked about the role of Priscilla. I had Pauline in mind to play the part, and it was also Joan's first suggestion.
They already knew each other and have a chemistry, a shorthand if you like, that transfers to the screen. They are very different people, but both are incredibly versatile and hard-working. Hilarious too. Franco Nero is a big Italian star and he was a real gentleman. A joy to work with.
Is there a message in this film?
I guess it's something as simple as: it's never too late to change and live bravely, with hope.
And was Ȋle de Ré an ideal location for an escape?
Pauline's character needs to get away, go somewhere different. When you go somewhere different it enables you to change and this contrast helps Priscilla come out of herself. France is a beautiful country throughout, but my producer Sarah Sulick recommended Ȋle de Ré in particular.
It's a little like Nantucket, with a lovely atmosphere to it, beautiful landscapes, old churches and abbeys, and people riding bicycles everywhere. Lovely little harbours too and a connection with movie stars and media people - lots go there for their holidays. I suppose it could've been St Tropez, but Ȋle de Ré was just perfect.
Executive Producer Tim Rice...
'' One of the aspects of this film that particularly appealed to me, as a former student at La Sorbonne in Paris is the use of several wonderful 60's French pop hits by artists such as Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Jacques Dutronce and Francoise Hardy.''
''The film draws on both the ongoing popularity of buddy movies and the publics growing appetite for poignant comedies led by a more mature cast.''
Review Variety ..
By Guy Lodget
Thursday, October 21, 2021
CHARITY UPDATE : TABLE TALK FOUNDATION PRIZE WINNING LUNCH .. THE RITZ LONDON .. THURSDAY OCTOBER 21ST 2021 ..
To help support a new charity Table Talk Foundation, which raises funds to support food education for the next generation and to support the locat hospitality industry, Joan donated a lunch at The Ritz in collobaration with chef John Williams which had been up for auction during the Foundation's launch back in July.. This afternoon the lucky wiining bidders enjoyed a special afternoon with Joan & Percy at The Ritz and a sumptuous time was had by all!
To promote her Sunday Times best selling book 'My Unapologetic Diaries', Joan dropped into chat to Jonathan Ross as his star guest on The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday 23rd at 21.30 on ITV1 ..
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
You can listen to the interview at the following link!