Douglas Henshall was interviewed recently on BBC Radio 2 by Jonathan Ross.
During the interview Dougie confirmed that series 2 of Primeval will have seven episodes and that filming will start at the end of May 2007
You can listen to the show by going tohttp://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/ross/
Not sure how long they will have the interview up for so be quick!
In case it gets removed here is a full transcript, thanks to forum member "dodochicky" for doing this!Transcript of Jonathan Ross (JR) and his co-host, Andy (A) interviewing Dougie Henshall (DH) on Radio 2. 10/03/07
JR ...We have a very attractive young man in the studio, alongside the two other very attractive young men (some waffle about cameras). "Doogie". Is it "Doogie" or "Dougie"?
DH Well, Scottish people call me "Doogie" and English People call me "Dougie".
JR What do you prefer?
DH I don't really care.
JR Alright well we'll settle for Dougie 'cause we're English of course. Dougie Henshall is with us. Dougie is currently to be seen on ITV every Saturday night in Primeval. Uh, have you been watching that?
A Uh no, 'cause I was on my way back to Espagne(sp) so I've not seen it, no.
JR I've been watching it every week with the kids. They enjoy it very much indeed, as do I. As does my wife. Presumably, it was initially ITV thinking, "We want some of the Dr. Who action" I would have thought. I dont know if you were privy to that but that would have been how it looks from the outside looking in.
DH Well, I don't know, to be perfectly honest with you. They didn't tell me that. I mean when I read it I didn't kinda think that "Oh, this is ITV's answer to Dr. Who."
JR No, you're right. It doesn't feel like a rip off.
DH No, I think they were...I think they were just looking for a family show for Saturday night and they found this. But I think if it was modelled on anything, I think it was the A-Team with monsters. Thats what I've always kinda thought of it.
JR Yeah, its kinda they're forming now more into a unit to tackle these things. Uh, it must be great fun being kind of the leader in the group I would have thought. It certainly should be more demanding, shouldn't it, when you're shooting because you have, well not every scene but more scenes that everybody else, I get the feeling. Would that be fair do you think?
DH Yeah, but I don't mind it. Its kinda good fun. Its four months but its not deep-face coal mining, y'know. Its alright.
JR Yeah, it must be but was there a part which said "I don't really want to do this" As you've said, its a family show, so as an actor there's a danger that you're going to be seen a slightly cuddlier figure than you might want to be.
DH No, I get to go and swim and fight things under the water and go, y'know, go into the past and, y'know, fight monsters. It was great fun. There's nothing to not like about it really.
JR Lets talk about your other, they're not A-Team but we'll talk about the other team members with you. There's Dougie whos the kind of rugged, good-looking Scottish scientist bloke. Often buttoned up - you look slightly military in the gear. You're wearing a kind of, sort of outdoorsy outfit.
DH Its trying to find a kinda look , something you can wear, but there, there isn't that much that you can wear that you hasn't been worn already. How d'ya kind of...so we spent ages just kinda looking at leather jackets and this kind of thing, that kind of thing...
JR Okay, with a leatehr jacket you kind think that its a little bit too juvenile delinquent, possibly a little bit too Indiana Jones? And you dont wanna go that way (Dougie agrees in the background) So leather's out, leathers out.
DH Leather's away.
JR So you don't want leather, leather's out. Rubber's out. Latex, no. (Dougie laughs) So we're back with what? Man made fibres...
DH ...Well, you can't do coats either, they've been done to death by shows on BBC1...
JR Captain Jack Harkness, swashing it away all over the place.
DH ...that kind of business, so we went for a Swedish military jacket. (Jonathan laughs) Yeah.
JR Are there Swedish people watching even?
DH Well, there will be now!
JR Yeah, yeah, they'll love it now.
DH They're gonna be huge for it in (some Swedish city? Escol Soona?)
JR Primeval. Very big in England. And Sweden. Unexpectedly. Um... so you've got that and you wear that quite buttoned up, I noticed.
DH Yeah, um, that wasn't deliberate, it just kinda looked better that way, I thought.
JR Okay, while your sidekick bloke. The bloke who looks a bit like a kinda poor mans Rob Lowe, whats his name, that actor?
DH (laughs again) Thats so cruel.
JR He's awlays got his shirt undone down to his waist!
DH Yeh, well I suppose hes got the equipment underneath it to make that look good, I guess.
JR You're the better looking one and you know it, Dougie. C'mon, you've got the rugged good looks, he's got the pretty-boy looks.
DH Yeah yeah yeah yeah.
JR So, he's got the shirt undone an he wears a bit of leather doesn't he?
DH Yeah, he's got, he went for the leather coat, yeah.
JR And then you've got the young lady in the panties.
DH Yeah, um, Hannah Spearitt, yeah. Well, y'know, um, if anybody's gonna have to wear a pair of pants in the show then it'd have to be Hannah.
JR I don't know, I was hoping the internet nerds might turn up in their, in their briefs.
DH Well thats, that would have been a good idea having a pillow fight with the dodos.
JR The dodo's, by the way, just in case you think that Dougie's making random references to extinct animals, last weeks episode was largely dodo-centric, wasn't it?
DH Thats right.
JR They found dodos and the dodos weren't the cuddly, furry creatures we hoped they'd be, were they?
DH No, no. One of them was a wee bit snappy.
JR Well it had parasites inside it.
JR See, I'm watching.
DH Yeah, you are. (laughs)
JR I'm watching. Um, would you mind shouting "Helen" out for me in just a minute? (decends into laughter again)
DH Hang on a minute. (yells) HELEN!
JR There you go, thats a taste of what you've probably got coming tonight. You''ve sort of found Helen now, haven't you?
DH Yeah, its a wee bit - we stole that from, y'know, The Flintstones.
JR I liked it. About episode three I thought he can't possibly keep shouting Helen.
DH No..shes got to hear me sooner or later.
JR Either that or deal with your loss.
JR Alright we're going to put some music on. Dougie. How old are you Dougie?
DH I'm 41.
JR Well you look a lot younger. I'd have said 34-35.
DH Thats good that you said that, really, isn't it?
JR So we're around a similar age. Musically what do you listen to? Is it stuff of that period or are you up to date with the current stuff?
DH Actually, I'm going backwards. I mean, I like The Killers, I think they're terrific. And theres a new Scottish band from Dundee called The View (murmurs of agreement from Jonathan and Andy)
JR I couldn't understand a word they were saying.
DH But they do good songs though. I like their tunes.
JR He's got a great voice as well, that guy.
DH Yeah, thats fab. But the older I get, I dunno, the more retrograde I get. I went out and I bought a bunch of ELO albums actually, 'cause I've.... (Jonathan talks over him again)
JR Have we got, have we any ELO? Come on, whats....(Andy interrupts Jonathan)
A I've only got two minutes to go before I play The Shirelles.
JR Thats coming up in a minute, and we'll come back after because we've rediscovered it...
DH Oh yeah.
JR Dougie, let me ask you, at the time you probably didn't like them, did you?
DH No, no, I did.
H But your dad did, though? Perhaps thats the problem?
DH No no. That was me.
JR We need to find a word, there needs to be a new word coined for men of a certain age who rediscover slick ELO of the youthful period, that at the time they didn't consider worthy due to its lack of hipness. There needs to be...there's probably a word in German for that already. We need to come up with... thats our task for you, listeners listening at home. We need a word to describe that, this is The Shirelles. SONG BREAK / NEWS / SONG BREAK
JR You can't have too much of a good thing. Wasn't that marvellous? "Mr Blue Sky" for all the old men who've rediscovered all the music they spurned in their youth. Still looking for a catchy phrase for that. Uh, Dougie Henshall is with us, he can be seen this evening as he has been for the last few weeks on ITV in Primeval. For people who haven't got into it yet, and I know its coming out on DVD in a couple of weeks time, how was the premise wsold to you? How did they (missed it)
DH They didn't actually say anything to me, I just got sent the three scripts for the first three episodes and I saw kinda a man who does, who's lost his way in life who finds out that there's small windows to the Ancient past and there's dinosaurs coming into the Forest of Dean. But i was kinda hooked there...
JR Thats all you need to know. uh, did you realise at the time that you would spend as much time looking for your departed wife as it turned out or ... 'cause that became your defining characteristic for the first couple of episodes, didn't it?
DH Yeah, I didn't quite realise there'd be such a thing (is talked over again)
JR In real life, Dougie, in real life, you lose your wife and possibly the plot. not in the way that you know, alright, not in a horribly mundane and realistic way, but she's gone, possibly through a time/space continuum, a leap of some sort, how long really are you going to grieve for?
DH Well, apparently eight years.
JR No, its not going to be eight years. Dougie, how long to you reckon? Six months? Seven?
DH Yeah, at a push.
JR Three months before you start dating again, six or seven months before you start to....Andy, what do you reckon?
A I think eight years.
JR Three weeks? Four weeks? (All laugh)
A Thanks! About the same time. I'd say a year.
JR Look, you'd be conscious of what other people thought. That would be, that would probably be the determining factor, wouldn't it? Can I get away with it yet? No I don't think... (more laughter) You see, about a month you'd be thinking about moving on. Do i really need to go and visit the grave anymore? Really. Really.
DH Can I just have a kind of direct debit where they send flowers every week.
JR Thinking of moving to the Isle of Binbeckula(?) where no-one knows about that and then I can just start again immediately. Um, whats it like doing the special effects sequences? Beause obviously there aremore shots like this. Moreso than the shows that perhaps inspired this over on BBC1. This is really very very special effects heavy, isn't it? There's an awful lot of scenes. How long, in a given kind of programme, do you spend working in a special effect sequence and how much harder is that for you?
DH Uh, you've got absolutely nothing there at all. Y'know, except a very enthusiastic First Assistant Director going "Raaar" with a ball on a stick. And for the first few weeks its kinda, I just thought, "Okay, its just I've got, I'm gonna be an idiot so I've just got to trust in the director to tell me if i'm being too stupid and when I'm not."
JR So. 'Cause you don't know what you're reacting to.
DH Exactly. And you don't know whether, y'know, if there's three of you in the shot, you don't know if you're all looking in the same direction. Y'knw, tis that kind of worry.
JR There are moments, not in your show, but i have seen some film where you think they're not all quite looking at the right height there.
DH Exactly. Or in the right place. Yeah, theres a lot of that goes on. But eventually it becomes kinda second nature, then its alright.
JR Is it embarrassing ever?
DH Yeah, frequently. For the first few weeks because there's only so many ways that you can look surprised or shocked or in awe, y'know? (Jonathan and Andy laughing) And you kind of run out of them after a wee while when you're just lookin' at nothing. You just think, I just must look like a prat.
JR Thats what babies are at. You can see a baby, a little baby face looking like its the most beautiful thing...its looking at the fridge! So you have to kinda of like get to almost an infants stage.
DH Thats exactly where I was. I was just lookin' in wonder and awe at the fridge, thats where I was.
JR Uh, its been, I think its been a considered success and I think they're planning more. Is that correct?
DH Thats right, yes. Um, we're going to do seven this year. We'll start probably the end of May.
JR So presumably, how much of the storyline is tied up in this one? Is it all explained at he end of this series? 'Cause there's... is it the last one tonight?
DH No, no no no, next week's the last one but, no, its a kind of cliffhanger. We've kinda left it with people going "Oh please don't leave it there".
JR Oh good. So the anomalies are still opening up?
DH Oh yeah, yeah. No danger there.
JR That sounds a bit rude, doesn't it? "Your anomalies are still opening up, sir". "I should go see a doctor".
DH Yeah. (laughing)
JR So its all left open, okay, but in a way thats a bit of a cheat, isn't it? Because you'll want to know whats going on now. I'm a bit disappointed in you now.
DH Oh, come on.
JR Its another ITV scam.
DH Though really if people can sit through 23 episodes of Lost and still not know anything...
JR Yeah, but if you phone in on a premuim rate line we'll tell you what happens. Uh, what're we going to play now, Andy?
A The Kaiser Chiefs.
JR Lovely. SONG BREAK
JR Der Kaiser Chiefs. Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. We have with us here Dougie Henshall. He's currently in Primeval. What the name... its Nick Cutter, isn't it, that you play?
DH Thats correct, yeah.
JR He's a professor.
DH Professor Nick...
JR He's a professor of what, do you think?
DH He's a professor of many things. Many things, many things.
JR Sort of dinosaur-ology. Okay. He's got a PHD in anomalies.
JR And thats in Primeval. Its on ITV every Saturday night at the moment. Its on for another two weeks. Its on at about 7-7:20 tonight. Has it been 7:20pm every week or does it change?
DH No, they've changed it a couple of times. Um, but I don't understand any of the scheduling of it. I don't know what they do with that.
JR Give us a month and we'll sort them out. Um, hey but its a good night on ITV at the moment because you have Harry Hill as well which is always a funny thing. And he does the You've Been Framed and then his other thing, and then you've got these Idiots On Ice so you can turn over and then you come back in time for Primeval. (all laugh) Have you been asked to any of those kinds of things?
DH No, no. I can't skate for my life and I don't look that good in glitter so I don't think they'd be interested in having me.
JR Bet they would! I bet they would now. I guess its hard staying out of those, especially when theres a charity involved which there is in this case and certainly theres the Comic Relief going on right now.
DH Yeah, sure sure.
JR Have you been getting much fanmail that you've noticed as your profile has increased in...?
DH My profile seems to have increased with six year olds and seven year olds. (laughter) A pal of mine wrote to me saying, y'know, for a wee boy who was six who just loves this thing so I sent him some pictures and that. But its sweet and a guy in a club I go to. His wee girl is so impressed that her that I just, y'know...
JR But Dougie, I bet its not just the wee girls...
DH Well, y'see I don't know. I never. Thats one thing, I've never had any mail like that. I don't remember getting anything like that. Ever.
A Will you look at them in that way, the ladies?
JR He's too decent a fella to be like that
A And want them to wear that Swedish nurses outfit.
JR Do they send undergarments or anything?
DH No, thats something I'm missing. No. Probably fishing socks.
A Fly fishing socks
JR We used to get the occasional pair of drawers in the mail.
DH Really? Did you?!
JR Oh yeah. Yeah. With a phototgraph. Often ripped from a magazine. (laughter)
JR Do you enjoy doing this. t must be fun. I know often, especially on British TV, you get actors who are given these very intense roles, it would be draining. I could imagine it being quite pressing sometimes playing the parts you get on TV. Here, its.. theres not any of that at stake is there really?
DH No there isn't. I mean, to a degree you've got to take it seriously 'cause if you don't then the audience aren't going to but no, theres a lot more fun involved than going playing something like a lot of the characters that I've played previously. You come home and you just want to shoot yourself at the end of it! (laughs)
JR Well, I think, especially for someone who's got a Scottish accent, you get parts which are basically about heroin use or, like, paternity, cheating on the mothers. Normally, normally you're playing characters with a can of beer in your hand, I would have thought. That seems to be the writing thats aimed at your Scottish actor.
DH Do you really think so?
JR Yeah, I think so, I think its a bad thing you see its "garbled, pseudo-Scottish drunken words".
DH Twenty years ago that was kinda y'know, psychopaths and alcoholics, But, um, I think its kinda got a wee bit better since Trainspotting and (Silent Beth?)
JR Not that we don't like watching alcoholic psychopaths. I don't want people writing to us about this. Lets both, lets do a little acting masterclass. I am a drunk, Glaswegian gentleman, right? You are a drunk man from Edinburgh, right?
DH I can't do an Edinburgh accent. (laughing)
A He can't do Glasgow, don't worry about it.
JR Alright, I'll be Edinburgh. I'm hoping the drunk part of it will cover the Engli-urhg (does a terrible drunk Scottish accent)
DH (laughing harder) What?
JR (tries to repeat himself) I can't believe we're doing this on air. This is, even by our standards, this isn't top quality material.
DH (waffling drunkenly)
JR (joins in drunk Scottish rambling) He thought he was coming on Desert Island Discs. That was the Scottish one who sits on a deckchair.
DH It was going pretty nicely with ELO and so on and the deterioration into bad impersonations.
JR Okay, lets hear your wange, (Dougie and Andy laugh) your Welsh talking drunk.
DH Well, there's some kind of (makes a hawking sound) I've got to make that noise a lot.
JR Just think Charlie Church. Channel Charlotte and you can do it. Or she could do it before she got up the duff.
A Oh, now I'm feeling hot. And a bit stupid.
JR Something I'm used to more and more as I get older. Uh Dougie, good luck with the rest of the series. I'm really enjoying it, the kids are loving it.
JR We're looking forward to it. I'm glad you're doing more. Thats a good thing. And what are you doing next? I know this is more or less over?
DH I've started, um, I start working on a film, a British film called French Film.
JR Its called French Film?
DH Yeah, its called French Film. And it stars Hugh Bonnville and Victoria Hallum (?) and Anne-Marie Duff and me.
JR No wonder its a great cast.
DH Yeah. Uh, and then we start filming that in the next couple of weeks.
JR And this is a romantic comedy? Or just romance?
DH Yeah, its a kind of romance, with a nice wee twist on French Films.
JR And do you get the girl?
DH Uh, no, I don't. I don't. I get a smack in the mouth, I get that from Hugh Bonnville.
JR You see, its the Scottish character again! And he comes in drunk, sees you, (utters his terrible drunk Scot impression) and gets a punch in the mouth! Lets end this stereotyping! Together we can do it. Ahh, Dougie! Lovely to meet you! We wish you all the success, thankyou!
DH Thankyou. Thanks a lot, man. Take care.
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