NEW INTERVIEW: David Tennant Talks There She Goes “People Have Been Touched By It”
There She Goes stars David Tennant, Jessica Hynes and writer Shaun Pye are interviewed in the new issue of TV Times which is out today in both print and digital.
Starring David Tennant and Jessica Hynes the series is based on the real life experiences of writer Shaun Pye, whose daughter was born with an extremely rare and, to date, undiagnosed chromosomal disorder.
There She Goes follows the day to day life of a severely learning disabled girl Rosie (Miley Locke), her dad Simon (David Tennant), mum Emily (Jessica Hynes) and brother Ben (Edan Hayhurst). Jessica Hynes recently won a Bafta for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her role in the show.
Series one which debuted on BBC Four in 2018 chronicled the dual timeline of Rosie as a newborn and age nine. The new series, which sees the show move to BBC Two, is set around 18 months on and will focus on Rosie at the ages of three and 11 and premieres on a Thursday 9th July at 9.30pm.
Check out What David had to say about the new series:
Where do we find the Yates family at the start of the new series? The first series was about them realising something was wrong and the rest of the world refusing to acknowledge it. They've moved past that now and, while there are some tough moments, this series definitely feels less bleak than the first. Your friend Shaun Pye created the series and based it on his own experiences raising his daughter, Jo, who has learning disabilities. Were you surprised by how close to the truth his characters are? It's admirable how honest he's been about how rubbish he was at times. Even he admits that in the first draft of the script he was rather more heroic and Sarah, his wife and co-writer, read it and went 'come on!'. It's really hard to admit ones own shortcomings in any aspect of life, but particularly when it's to do with being a parent when we're all so desperate to get it right.
What reaction have you had to the series? People have been really touched by it in all sorts of ways. Probably the most powerful reactions are from families who recognise their own situation and feel like it had never been represented in this candid, truthful way before. But it's also about being a parent and that's why I think it's such a special place. Were you worried that viewers might misinterpret the intentions of the series? We're never laughing at Rosie. We may be laughing at her parents, but in an empathetic way, because at every point you're going 'Oh my God, that's awful, I can imagine that I might end up doing that too in those circumstances.' And that's what makes it so heartbreaking as well. Miley is amazing as Rosie. What was the casting process like? There were lots of conversations about whether a child with this condition should play the role, but they took professional advice and were told that wouldn't be fair. So they auditioned and Miley studied videos of Jo to get it just right.