Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Filming is not usually done in sequence and consequently not all actors are required on set each day. However, from various tweets posted, it is known that David Tennant has filmed each day so far this week. The film is known to be mainly filmed in the North East (although the read-through took place in Manchester) and they have been filming in the Newcastle area.
Yesterday there were several tweets about United filming outside a school and on the forum attached to Digital Spy it was posted that it was "Kings School in Tynemouth (at the coast from Newcastle)." Jack O’Connell (from Skins) was also on set.
Earlier this week The Guardian announced that Dougray Scott (whose birthday it is today) would be playing Matt Busby in the drama which will be broadcast on BBC2 next year.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
He started with a strong lead and despite being in second place for about a day at the start of the month, there was really never any doubt that he would win!
This means that he will be in the 2010 Annual vote which happens during January 2011.
Monday, 22 November 2010
Friday, 19 November 2010
"PiggyBankKids is about changing children’s lives. Every single child is precious and unique. At PiggyBankKids we work hard to give children the best possible chance of living a healthy and happy life, here in the UK. We want to help as many children as we can: from the vulnerable babies whose lives could be saved with the right scientific breakthroughs, to those kids and young people who have the hardest start in life. The charity was founded by Sarah Brown in 2002 to help inspiring professionals continue their world-changing work in saving and transforming children’s lives."
There were various tweets about David Tennant being there both during and after the event.
The first indication was from Mumsnet who joked whether he was part of the auction - "At PiggyBankKids and David Tennant is here- do you think he is part of the auction?!?!"
Joanne Harris tweeted:
"I am sitting opposite David Tennant. :-)" "I am dutifully (a) licking (b) squeeing (c) congratulating DT on behalf of @Toujours_Javert and all my tweeps. He is lovely, by the way :-)"
"apart from meeting David Tennant, I got to hear the terrific @tswofficial sing STARS from LES MIS. Cracking voice. One to watch :-)"
"Piggybank twitpic later, folks. As for DT: summer jacket, Converses, big smile. Bid for the Quentin Blake piggybank. Told him he ROCKED."
The @tswofficial that Joanne referred to is singer ThomasSpencerWortley who also tweeted:
"met Gordon Brown, Sarah Brown,David Tennant,James Caan,Joanne Harris,Helen Scott Lidgett,Gil McNeil,plus some good friends, the list goes on"
Stu Ness (who describes himself as Dad-guitar playing jazz pikey) tweeted
"Just played a gig to Gordon Brown, Richard Wilson and David Tennant! I just played for the Doctor!"
One interesting exchange happened between David Taylor (Chair of Labour Campaign for International Development. Parliamentary Assistant to Ann McKechin MP) and Sarah Brown (former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's wife) as he tweeted "I really want to go and say hi to David Tennant but I think he'll think I'm a wally!" Sarah Brown tweeted back "I will introduce you" and the photo below is the result:
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
As part of their Stars On Canvas fund-raiser, David Tennant's artwork for The Willow Foundation is now online here.
The auction starts on Friday 26th November and all proceeds go to The Willow Foundation who arrange special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds throughout the UK.
David has drawn a mug of tea with his signature in the background. It is dated 17th July 2010.
Monday, 15 November 2010
Episode 2 = 5.5m
Episode 3 = 5m
Episode 4 = 5.3m
Episode 2 = 87.7
Episode 3 = 88.2
Episode 4 = 89.1
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Friday, 12 November 2010
However Baz says that David Tennant will play Man United's trainer Jimmy Murphy and that he believes the film will be called United — The Busby Babes And The Munich Air Crash although everywhere else it has had the working title United.
The Daily Mail also says that Thomas Howes (who played William a footman in Downton Abbey) will portray the club’s captain Mark Jones and that they believe that Jim Carter (who played butler Mr Carson also in Downton Abbey) is in negotiations to be Manchester United's manager Matt Busby. Also Jack O’Connell (from Skins) will portray Bobby Charlton.
In case you are concerned that a drama about football will not interest you, the Daily Mail explains that "will show the tragedy of the air crash, but also explore how Busby and Murphy had built their team up with players such as Jones, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards and Charlton." The drama is written by Chris Chibnall and not a football writer.
The Daily Mail article also includes the emotive comment "the film will be seen through the eyes of Bobby Charlton, who was on the plane that crashed that February day in 1958. And the drama, written by Chris Chibnall for BBC Television, shows Charlton strapped into his seat, traumatised and terrified."
Filming on United starts later this month. The dates Saturday 20th and Monday 22nd have both been rumoured as the start date.
The photo below (from the Daily Mail) is of Jimmy Murphy who David Tennant will be playing and below that is Murphy's bio which contains a SPOILER regarding the fate of David's character.
James Patrick Murphy (known as Jimmy) was born on 8th August 1910 so was 48 at the time of the Manchester United crash.Jimmy Murphy was born in Rhondda, Wales and in 1924 represented Wales in a schoolboy international against England in Cardiff. He turned professional in February 1928 when he joined West Bromwich Albion as a 17 year-old.
Murphy made his debut in a 1–0 defeat away to Blackpool on 5 March 1930 and played one further league game during his first season. In the following season, 1930–31, West Bromwich Albion won promotion from the Second Division, but Murphy had yet to establish himself in the team so only made just two appearances. He became a regular in the team in the 1931–32 season and until the 1934–35 season he appeared 149 times in league and cup games. they also got though to the 1935 FA Cup Final, which they lost 4–2 to Sheffield Wednesday.
Murphy played more than 200 times for Albion before moving to Swindon Town in 1938 but the Second World War curtailed his club career. Murphy was also called up to the Welsh national team during the 1930s.
During the Second World War, Murphy was giving a speech about football to a band of troops and in attendance was Matt Busby. Busby was so impressed by Murphy's speech that upon his appointment as manager of Manchester United, he made Murphy the first signing of his tenure at the club. In his role as assistant manager, it was Murphy's responsibility to scout and train the young footballers who were to become the "Busby Babes", which included many of the footballers who were involved in the plane crash including Duncan Edwards and Bobby Charlton. Prior to this the larger teams had mainly bought rather than developed their players but instead Busby decided to slowly replace the older and more experienced players in his team with their youth players.
Jimmy, as assistant manager, was responsible for developing these young boys into the world class professionals that they became. As Jimmy Murphy had been away managing the Welsh team in a World Cup qualifying game, David Tennant's character in the drama was not on the plane which crashed in 1958. Afterwards he temporarily took over as manager while Matt Busby recovered from his injuries and, having assembled a substitute team, steered United to the FA Cup final. Murphy also managed Wales at the 1958 FIFA World Cup Finals, when they reached the quarter-finals in their only appearance in a World Cup. They lost 1-0 to Brazil (the eventual winners), to a goal by the young Pelé.
Despite being approached to manage Brazil, Juventus and Arsenal, he remained as assistant manager at Old Trafford until 1971. Murphy chose never to become manager of the club because of his hate of the limelight, he loved working in the background but never aspired to fulfil the job of manager.
He died on 14th November 1989 aged 79. In Murphy's honour after his death, Manchester United commissioned the "Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award", to be given to the best player in the club's youth system in the previous season.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Back in January Legally Blonde made the newspapers because, instead of a Press Night, the producers of the musicial invited the critics to view the play over a few nights and then held a Gala Opening on 13th January 2010 (which David Tennant also attended).
"Oooh and David Tennant. Best looking man to ever have manned the tardis."
Woman's Own magazine tweeted "Ooooh, guess who crashed our party last night? Stephen Fry, David Tennant, Simon Callow, Frank Skinner, Tina O'Brien... and the gang from The Only Way Is Essex. Top night!"
This morning Radio One presenter Natalie Jamieson tweeted "Ow eyes don't want to open had late one at press night for Legally Blonde musical gd crowd incl Stephen Fry, David Tennant, Gok Wan..."
(The photo above is from when David attended the musical in January.)
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Book At Bedtime is a long running show on Radio 4 which is broadcast for 15 minutes from 10.45pm each weekday evening.
Friday, 5 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
On Monday (1st) The Sarah Jane Adventures Series Three box-set was released and it includes a photo of David Tennant as The Doctor on the cover as David's episode is included.
The narrative is that it features David's final scenes as The Doctor.
Click here to purchase it.
Please note that DavidTennantOnTwitter.com does not make any money from this link.
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Click here to read the BBC press release but, as it will disappear after it is broadcast it says:
"How Roald Dahl Shaped British Pop
Monday 22 November
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2
On the 20th anniversary of Roald Dahl's death, David Tennant tells a new tale of the unexpected – the stamp he has left on the world of pop.
Kate Nash reveals how Dahl's fantastical children's books have influenced her own storytelling style, stirring her to invent surreal characters and magical places in songs like Mariella and Little Red.
Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics explains how he found inspiration for songs, such as I Stopped To Fill My Car Up, in Dahl's grisly, suspenseful short stories.
Plus, David reveals how a song about Willy Wonka – The Candy Man – gave Rat Pack legend Sammy Davis Jr his only US No. 1.
Presenter/David Tennant, Producer/Chris Walsh-Heron"