David Tennant On Returning To The Story Of The Yates Family In There She Goes

Next Wednesday the poignant comedy There She Goes, starring David Tennant and Jessica Hynes, returns for a one off special on BBC Two in the UK and Ireland. Based on the real-life experiences of writers Shaun Pye and Sarah Crawford, whose daughter was born with an extremely rare chromosomal disorder, There She Goes follows the day-to-day life of Rosie Yates (Miley Locke), a severely learning-disabled girl and her family, dad Simon (David Tennant), mum Emily (Jessica Hynes) and older brother Ben (Edan Hayhurst).

In the new episode, Rosie Yates is now 13 and is starting to display increasingly challenging, emotional and physical behaviour, veering wildly from joyous obsessions with her letter X, tigers with X’s on their nose, ticket barriers and FedEx lorries, to sudden violent outbursts both directed at her parents and herself. The family realises that Rosie is simply struggling to cope with the onset of puberty, just like any other teenage girl. Whilst the family deals with a teenage Rosie, their geneticist calls with news of Rosie’s condition. In the earlier timeline, Emily starts thinking about whether she and Si should have another baby after a chance meeting with a mother of a child with a chromosomal disorder.

David Tennant has been talking about what it was like returning to the world of the Yates family and what the series has meant to him:

Can you tell us what’s in store for the Yates family in this special?

They get some long-awaited information on Rosie’s condition, but getting some answers doesn’t necessarily give them the closure they imagined it might.

What was it like working with the cast again?

A real pleasure.

We see Simon practically having to wrestle Rosie back into the house. What was it like filming those scenes with Miley?

Miley continues to be incredible as Rosie. She has been right at the heart of this story from our first day on set and we wouldn’t have been able to tell this story without her.

Simon and Emily make a number of cult references throughout the two series and the special, are there any that are particularly memorable?

The debate over what the correct plural for Batman is has stayed with me and is something I often find myself pondering.

Have you received messages from parents in similar situations to Simon and Emily?

I know that There She Goes has connected with a lot of families who see their own situation reflected on screen in a way they’ve never seen before.

What is it about Shaun and Sarah’s writing that makes this show appeal to you?

Their honesty. They tell their story with absolute candidness and humility and humanity.

What do you think viewers will take away from the special? 

Telling Rosie’s story has been a labour of love for everyone who has worked on it but particularly, of course, for Shaun, Sarah, Frank and Joey. I’m very proud to have been part of it and I hope as many people as possible will see it, and perhaps go back and discover series one and two if they haven’t already. It’s been a truly special project.


In addition, Edan Hayhurst, who plays son Ben in There She Goes has commented on what it has been like to work with David. He said,

“David is very easy to work with - he’s effortlessly funny and you can’t help but get on with the guy and that comfortable space is needed to really delve into the emotional parts of acting. It’s hard to find that when you don’t feel so at ease in your work. I found him easy to act off of and that’s all you can really want.”

 Watch There She Goes on BBC Two on Wednesday 21st June at 9pm BST.