Entertainment behind the scenes
“Thank you for getting me off the radio!”
Gemma Arterton may be the eye-catching star, but fans of “The Archers”, have an extra reason to look out for Stephen Frears’ adaptation of “Tamara Drewe” as it marks a rare big-screen outing for Tamsin Greig, who plays the no-nonsense Debbie Aldridge in BBC radio’s long-running serial on life in the fictional village of Ambridge.
In Tamara Drewe, she plays Beth, the long-suffering wife of philandering author Nicholas Hardiment and stands out in a strong cast.
The film has had a very warm reception at Cannes and Frears was in jocular mood at his first press conference, doling out humorous compliments to his actors and putting down Greig’s involvement in the film to her radio experience.
“She’s in the Archers so she was good on the farming,” he explained.
“He did say at one point, ‘you’re only here because you know about the farming’, which helped a lot,” Greig confirmed.
“Listen, I brought you to Cannes, you’ve done alright,” Frears said, to which a grateful Greig trilled: “Oh, thank you for getting me off the radio!”
There was more conventional praise from one American reporter who cried out at the press conference: “I love Tamsin! I didn’t know her before and now I love her”.