Thanks to everyone who came to my Show and Tell session at the Library today.
A couple of you have been in contact to ask if I could post the information from the talk on the blog. I will try and post various bits over the next few days.
In answer to a specific request I will post the script of the little sketch I wrote about the stunning new TV show, Who Do You Think You Were?
I did various bits of talking around the script - but here are the basics….
Great to be here. And everything Not normally up at this time in a morning, Shinane but for your show…. Yeah yeah the programme yeah…
It was a real journey. I went on a journey – that’s the only way I can describe it. I didn’t expect to learn so much about myself. But I did.
When they asked me to be a guest on the show I was a bit – like – you know – what? And everything. But I’m glad I did. The public just know me as being cool and suave and a bit of a bastard in Scalpel but then when you’re playing a bloke doing an average of five autopsies an episode and then solving the murders you aren’t going to be all sweetness and roses are you? Everything changed when I played Charlie in Knifed, thank you, thank you….which is a completely different kettle of fish. When you’re playing a mortician’s assistant who sneak into the morgue and does autotopsies on the QT and then solves the murders obviously that’s a very different character and a set of a skills. And everything. My point is that the public aren’t going to believe me on this new show. I am really glad they asked me to be the first guest on this which uses past life regression to take celebrities back to their former lives. And everything. I know!!! It’s called Who Do You Think You Were? and it starts next Wednesday.
I was very skeptical Shinane. I hardly believed in this life never mind former ones. I’m a real doubting Tom Boy that’s me. But they put me down in front of the hypnotist and she explained what was going to happen and I was like, really? Yeah! Really? And next thing I know I’m running through a meadow in a bleeding pinafore dress and off we go. Obviously it’s a bit different doing it for the camera because I know that they are filming everything and that the big part of the deal is that they will recreate my former lives using other celebrities. So whilst I was 100% reliving being a Victorian school urchin being chased I was wondering if Sheridan Smith was too old for the part. But she wasn’t and it all turned out well in the reconstruction. And everything.
I didn’t expect to cry so much. I expected to cry obviously, because it was in the contract, but the minute I realised I had been a geisha who had been attacked to death in the Shotgun era of ancient Japan I was in floods. It’s so sad. I can feel myself tearing up now. But it was so authentic. They had the sumo wrestlers and everything.
But the thing that got me the most was being a soldier on the battlefields of France in the Napoleonic wars and everything. I felt a bit bad once I realised I was on the French side. And I don’t speak French but I was right in there. I was imagining my musket and I could taste the bread and smelly cheese I’d had for my dinner before the cannon did for me and everything. It was so moving. Anyway – make sure you watch the show next week. Who Do You Think You Were. It’s really good. And everything.