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Sean Bean - The Accused (2012) TV drama, BBC - Tracie’s Story

I haven’t said much about this but the latest interview with Sean about it published 27 July at BBC is superb! I’m very excited to see it as I think it was Sean’s greatest acting challenge yet… and nailed it.

EDIT 1 Aug: BBC has decided to premiere the series with Sean’s episode!! Airs 14 August just 2 weeks from now, get ready!!!

BBC One trailer for Accused:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSTZ19n4dBo&feature=channel&list=UL

Official description of episode:

Simon Gaskell (Sean Bean) is a college English teacher who specialises in poetry and has a secret. His alter ego is a transvestite called Tracie Tremarco, who is gay, lonely and looking for love. But trawling Manchester’s bars dressed up to the nines has not produced a lasting or truly fulfilling relationship.

Then as fate would have it Tracie falls head over heels in love in unexpected circumstances, following an altercation with some blokes out on a stag night. One of the stag revellers, Tony (Stephen Graham) a satellite and aerial engineer, comes to Tracie’s aid and offers her a lift home.

Tony and Tracie are smitten and hesitatingly their love affair begins. But Tony has a secret too - he’s married to a local beautician, Karen (Rachel Leskovac), and he cares deeply for his wife. Before long Tracie becomes entangled in a triangular love affair that leads inexorably to a terrible crime of passion.

Simon Gaskall/Tracie Tremarco is played by Sean Bean, Tony is played by Stephen Graham and Karen is played by Rachel Leskovac.

"Every soldier hopes for a major war in his lifetime. This one was mine."

Bravo Two Zero (1999), based on Sgt. “Andy McNab“‘s book, is the BBC production of his true story of a Special Operations (SAS) mission to destroy one of Saddam Hussein’s portable SCUD missile bases & the underground fiber optic cables which allowed them to communicate to fire, during the Gulf War in 1991. The 8-man patrol, called “the most decorated in the British service since the Boer War”, faced harsh & dangerous conditions during the ops, including capture & death. The Patrol is played as follows: Andy McNab (Sean Bean), Ray (Jamie Bartlett), Chris (Kevin Collins), Baz (Ian Curtis), Mark (Richard Graham), Stan (Robert Hobbs), Dinger (Steve Nicolson), Tony (Rick Warden).

"Of course you’re afraid. Anyone who says they’re not are either lying or need to see a shrink."

This photoset is made out of my fave stills from the movie. I thought it was a very good & realistic portrayal of Andy’s account of what happened. Sean spent a lot of personal time with Andy, to get the details right. Some parts are not for the squeamish. If you’ve seen any of the Sharpe movies before watching this, you’ll notice a similarity in the shooting style & ground infantry battle patterns, i.e. skirmish order, although reloading a gun has gotten a lot simpler (I kept waiting to hear Dan Hagman’s customary “Got ‘im”) It’s not a coincidence, it’s director Tom Clegg! (my mum loved Space:1999 my introduction to him before Sharpe!) There are other common truths as well: You never ever deliberately leave anyone behind. If you are in command, you’re responsible for your men. It gets both fucking hot AND cold in the desert. If you’re captured, you do what you have to to maintain zero intelligence revealed… and survive. When you’re a soldier, you accept that war is barbaric.

Side Note: “Andy McNab” is not his real name, and, contrary to what Sean thinks, Andy’s life has reminded me a little of fictional Richard Sharpe. He was an orphan, got into trouble as a kid, joined the British army at 16 to escape the law, enlisted as a Royal Green Jacket (the modern 95th Rifles), and liked women a lot. He was a professional soldier, with all that entails, and became an expert in all he learned.

http://www.andymcnab.co.uk      @The_Real_McNab
http://www.facebook.com/AndyMcNabOfficial

This picture’s even better!! I’ll bet the ratings for this episode of BBC’s Accused will blow the roof totally off and out beyond Jupiter somewhere. Kudos.
Here’s the correct link for BBC press release info.

This picture’s even better!! I’ll bet the ratings for this episode of BBC’s Accused will blow the roof totally off and out beyond Jupiter somewhere. Kudos.

Here’s the correct link for BBC press release info.

THANK YOU DOCTOR WHO

This will be my 3rd Christmas special without my mum, she passed during 10’s run and it’s hard to believe that I’ve seen all of 11 without her. She was a tough person to get on with, but even when we couldn’t talk about anything else, we could always talk about Doctor Who. She was my introduction to the series in 1970. Tom Baker, 4, was her favourite and became mine as well, but the last 3 lads have done such a wicked great job, and I’m as interested as I’ve ever been!!

Here’s to another great Christmas Episode!!! Thank you again BBC!!!

doctorwho:

BBCWYouTube: But we’ve got just as many fans here on the ground: #doc… on Twitpic

ME: Glad to see so much interest & participation! The cast did a great job with Q&A!! Can’t wait to see the Christmas special.

doctorwho:

BBCWYouTube: But we’ve got just as many fans here on the ground: #doc… on Twitpic

ME: Glad to see so much interest & participation! The cast did a great job with Q&A!! Can’t wait to see the Christmas special.

This is one of my absolute fave pictures from the Sharpe series filming!

This is one of my absolute fave pictures from the Sharpe series filming!

Finally finished series 3, it’s been very good, so yeah I’m up for another go! Hope we get it as soon as possible on the left side of the pond. I’m told it’s still destined for SyFy channel & not BBC America, kind of disappointing because that makes for a longer wait.