Interview with Samantha Spiro who plays Kate in BBC Two's Semi-Detached

6th August 10.05pm, BBC Two



Real-time sitcom following the hapless Stuart as he struggles through the worst half hour of his life.

When his new girlfriend April goes into labour, Stuart quickly finds himself having to rely on his ex-wife Kate to get her to hospital. As Stuart thinks he is getting a handle on the situation, he is forced to deal with a sexually promiscuous father, a daughter with a newly shaved head and the surprise return of his errant brother, who is on the run from some very unsavoury types. And that is before Stuart has to enlist the help of one tipsy neighbour to help with another neighbour, who he finds naked and the victim of a DIY circular saw accident.

What can you tell us about Semi-Detached?
Each episode is in real time following Lee’s character - Stuart - on a farcical nightmare around the cul-de-sac where we all live.

What appealed to you about the series?
I loved the writing by Oliver Maltman and David Crow. I snorted embarrassingly loudly on the tube when I read the pilot episode. It was also the idea of it being in real time, the energy that comes from that is compelling.

How would you describe your character?
Kate is Stuart’s first wife. We first meet her when she is canvassing to be a Tory MP. She doesn’t suffer fools, but weirdly married two of them.

Do you have any highlights from filming?
One of many highlights that comes to mind was when Stuart and Kate were stuck in a toilet on a ferry when Stuart’s IBS was playing up.

What can viewers expect from the show?
Lee Mack probably giving his funniest performances ever and the rest of us trying not to laugh.

How would you describe Stuart and Kate’s current relationship/situation?
Well, it shifts and grows throughout the series. Stuart drives Kate mad because he is a total loser and screws everything up. Somehow though, she still kind of loves him. Maybe she feels sorry for him? Maybe she is slightly jealous of April (who is quite a bit younger)?

Can you describe the show in three words?
Silly, frantic rollercoaster.

Source BBC TWO

July 28, 2020 7:41am ET by BBC TWO  


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