NEW INTERVIEW: David Tennant On The “Painfully Honest” New Series Of There She Goes

David Tennant has been speaking at an online launch for the new series of his BBC comedy There She Goes. During the chat David praised the show for its “painfully honest” portrayal of family life.
“My experience of reading that first script was just how painfully honest it was, you almost felt like you had to look away from the script sometimes.” he said. 
“The show is obviously about parenting a very unique child, but it’s also just about parenting, and about how hit and miss that is, and how any one of us as a parent never feels that we’re ever getting it right. And that it’s actually quite rare to see the honesty of that written down. I think parenting is often sentimentalised, and sort of cleaned-up for consumption, and in my own experience being a parent, it’s hit and miss, and full of triumphs and disasters.”
“I think obviously this is about a specific experience of parenting, but I think any parent can recognise the honesty of the way that Shaun and Sarah have told their story and that, I think, is the killer for this show. Just how true it is.”

The series is based on the real life experiences of writers Shaun Pye and Sarah Crawford, 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 in 2018, chronicled the dual timeline of Rosie as a newborn and age nine. The new series is set around 18 months on and will focus on Rosie at the ages of three and 11.

David plays the character of Simon, father of the family and a version the show’s writer Shaun Pye “It’s not Michael Sheen doing his Tony Blair. I’m not trying to be Shaun. Obviously it’s very inspired by him, but I keep my own accent for instance.”

David explains that the family is “still sort of scrabbling on, trying to make sense of things.”  in the new series. Simon’s father is introduced and we see events outside of the family home more in what David calls “the broader canvas of life” including the family on holiday and an episode about sports day at Rosie’s school. 

 “It sets out to tell a true story,  which I think ultimately is life-affirming, and full of happiness, and full of joy. But its un-sentimentality, I think, is its huge strength.”

“You meet families who’ve been in similar situations, and they’re sort of thrilled and delighted and moved that their life is finally being reflected in a way that they’ve just never seen before. The imperfection of it, the difficulty of it. The fact that sometimes it’s just awful, and then other times it’s joyous, and it doesn’t necessarily end with a kind of happy-ever-after sentimental twinkle.” 

Series 2 of There She Goes starts tonight at 9.30pm on BBC 2