NEW INTERVIEW: David Tennant Talks There She Goes As The New Season Premieres In The USA And Canada

Season 2 of There She Goes premieres in the USA and Canada on streaming service BritBox today and David Tennant, his co-star Jessica Hynes and the show's creators Shaun Pye and Sarah Crawford have been talking to Global News about the series which is based on the real life experiences of Shaun and Sarah, 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). 

Below is a few highlights of what David had to say:

David, you’ve said you thought it was brave of Shaun to paint himself not always in a flattering light?

DT: Almost never! That’s the thing that always struck me. My sense of reading that first script was just how painfully honest it was. You almost felt like you had to look away.
It’s about parenting a very unique child, but it’s also just about parenting and how hit-and-miss that is, and how any one of us as a parent never feels that we’re getting it right … Parenting is often sentimentalized and cleaned up for consumption. Parenting is very scattered and hit-and-miss, and full of triumphs and disasters. I think any parent recognizes the honesty of Shaun and Sarah and their story. I think that’s the killer.

David, how do you bring your own touch to Simon when you work so closely with Shaun, whom he’s based on?

DT: I suppose because my character’s called Simon, that gives you enough space. So I don’t have to  — well, I sort of do dress like Shaun. There were a few times on set when we were wearing exactly the same clothes. But I’m not trying to be Shaun. You’re trying to say the words as they’re written … and somewhere in that, you hopefully find a new truth.

What has the reaction to the show been like?

DT: Before the first series came out, there was a sort of prickle from certain areas, that this was perhaps inappropriate, that this was not the way.

And then you meet families in similar situations and they are thrilled and delighted and moved that their life is finally being reflected in a way 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 all necessarily end with happily-ever-after. It gets into the roughness of real life, and that’s been the thing that’s made it so particularly worthwhile.

There She Goes is streaming now on BritBox.