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October 2015

Hi Guys

A very quiet month for me in October, which I have to say I hate.

I did manage to get away for a week to Cyprus though, although the weather wasn’t great it was nice to relax and kick back a bit just reading books and exploring the island. It's been a long time since I last visited and so much has changed (not for the better either), I won’t be returning now because it has become very touristy and over developed which is a shame as that was the main reason I used to visit – peace, tranquillity and local culture, all of which seem to have gone “up the swanny”.

I managed to get a little self tape in before I left for Happy Valley 2, but I wasn’t that pleased with it, for some reason I looked huge in the clip, which I’m not, they say the camera never lies, but that's a lie in itself!

Anyway, suffice to say I heard nothing back which I’m glad about in a way, for personal reasons.

I finally finished off the BBC job “Lawful Killing” by going back to London and spending a few hours in front of a camera conducting interviews and comments about the programme – a bit like a “behind the scenes” piece, which was fun, I’ll have to wait (like you) now for it to be transmitted so I can see how it was all edited together, my thanks to everyone at Acme Films for making me feel so welcome, I hope it turns out brilliantly for you all.

Well, that's it, I said it was quiet, hopefully I’ll have more to report next month.

Until next time.

John xx

September 2015

Hi Guys

Another month has flown by and as I write this entry for September, we are already into October.

It's probably because I’m getting older, but the months are flying by in double quick time, even though a 24 hour day is exactly what it says – 24 hours!

My holiday to Cyprus is looming, so in a week or so I shall be flying out to this beautiful island to warm my bones, drink lots of local beer and read many books, I don’t think I've looked forward to a holiday as much because it's been a real busy year for me, apart from a few days in Tenerife back in June, that's it, so I need this break and cannot wait.

Work has now finished on the 4th series of Father Brown which means once it has transmitted in January, I will have been involved in 27 episodes, which is quite frightening.

I've enjoyed my time on Father Brown and had some moments of real fun bringing Sgt Goodfellow to life, I hope those of you who watch the show enjoyed my interpretation, although he only pops up occasionally and does a bit here and there, I like to think he adds something to the overall mix.

A number of Twitter followers from the USA and UK (who don’t know me personally) have written some lovely things about Goodfellow, so I thought I’d share a few with you as they’re quite touching ……

• Father Brown works because its character equation is well balanced. Without Sgt Goodfellow it will be a wheel with a missing spoke.

• Sgt Goodfellow would be a fun addition to FB's Scooby gang if he ever left the police.

• The scene in Father Brown where he tries to warn the ladies about the motorcycle & Sgt Goodfellows local knowledge were the best.

• I hope we’ll see Sgt Goodfellow in series 4 of Father Brown, his character has been my favourite of the police.

• Would love to see Sgt Goodfellow helping FB investigate something without the inspector knowing.

• I have to admit I did laugh at the scene where Sullivan & Sgt Goodfellow bet on FB, do they bet on the killer as well?

• As for Sgt Goodfellow, he should take his inspectors exams, become head of Kembleford police & enjoy working with Father Brown.

• The Owl of Minerva was wonderful, just wonderful, loved Sgt Goodfellow saving the day.

And far too many more, so to all of you, thank you x

I must also thank the team at BBC Birmingham, in particular Will, Caroline, Jonathan and Trudy, along with all the directors, cast and crew for making me feel so welcome.

Away from FB I have just completed a new BBC primetime drama entitled “Lawful Killing”, I can’t say too much about it, other than what's on the internet if you Google it, but as and when details are released, I’ll share the news with you, it’ll be gripping, so make sure you don’t miss it.

Things are bedding in nicely with my new agents, I've been seen for 3 jobs and converted 1 of them, so it's very encouraging. I said in a recent email to my agent that I was really excited about the future and our relationship. Whether things start to happen next week, next month, next year or beyond, I have total faith in him and the way he is going to steer the next stage of my career, I really hope I’ll be able to share news of lots of different projects that I will be involved with from now on.

Well, that's it for another month, take special care, I’ll speak to you again in the October entry.

John xx

August 2015

Hi Guys

For those of you who read this section on a regular basis, please accept my sincere apologies for not keeping it up to date.

There are no real excuses, but I've had a busy few months with a whole host of personal admin and housework projects that needed completing.

A little while ago, Philippa, my agent of 12 years (with a little sabbatical), announced she was retiring. It was a huge shock as we went back a long way and had a very successful working relationship.

It meant I had to start looking for new representation, I met with 4 different agents, 2 of whom had been recommended to me (cheers Mike and Mark) and 2 who had responded to my letter of request. In the end, it was a no brainer, I met with Ashley at Cole Kitchenn and we just seemed to hit it off. His passion for the business, his knowledge and “black book of contacts” along with his understanding of my needs and requirements, made the transition very easy and he is already hard at work, beavering away on my behalf.

As I write this in mid August, I have already been seen for great parts on Citizen Khan and Grantchester, I am really looking forward to the future with such a well known, reputable and proactive agency, and I am delighted to have become part of the Cole Kitchenn stable.

Because of the change of agents, I thought it would be a great opportunity to overhaul the website, get some new headshots done and edit more of my TV clips. This is now complete, and the new look website is up and running – it's even available to view properly on a mobile phone or tablet!

My thanks to Dan for the photo session, Sean for the editing, Bhushan for the website upgrade and Dave for the show reel update, without these people, it wouldn’t have been possible.

So, in a nutshell, that's why I've been a bit lax, however, it's business as usual from now on, with regular monthly updates, so please keep checking back to see what's been happening, or more excitingly, what's going to happen !?!?

Until next time, take special care

John x

July 2015

Hi Guys

The website has been updated recently, so blogs/diary updates have not been added for a few months.

A new blog/update will be added onto the site in August, so please keep checking back to see when it's been posted.

John x

June 2015

Hi Guys

The website has been updated recently, so blogs/diary updates have not been added for a few months.

A new blog/update will be added onto the site in August, so please keep checking back to see when it's been posted.

John x

May 2015

Hi Guys

The website has been updated recently, so blogs/diary updates have not been added for a few months.

A new blog/update will be added onto the site in August, so please keep checking back to see when it's been posted.

John x

April 2015

Hi Guys

Thanks for checking the site.

There is nothing of note to enter this month, please check back and look for the May entry which will be uploaded towards the end of that month.

John x

March 2015

Hi Guys

Thanks for checking the site.

There is nothing of note to enter this month, please check back and look for the May entry which will be uploaded towards the end of that month.

John x

February 2015

Hi Guys

Thanks for checking the site.

There is nothing of note to enter this month, please check back and look for the May entry which will be uploaded towards the end of that month.

John x

January 2015

Hi Guys

I hope this finds you well after a hectic Christmas, which seems an age ago now.

I had a fabulous time over the festive period, it was a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, the holiday however was a bit of a nightmare.

After arriving at the hotel (where we have visited many times before) following a five hour flight, we were greeted by very embarrassed reception staff who told us we would need to contact our rep as a matter of urgency, I knew something was wrong straight away.

To cut a long story short, the contract between the tour operator and the hotel had expired in November and the tour operator had not bothered to tell us. They let us fly out to resort knowing the hotel we had booked was not available and moved us to a different hotel about half a mile away, unfortunately the new hotel was not in the same league as the hotel we normally stay at (think premier league versus Vauxhall conference).

I would not have put my worst enemy in the new hotel and I let them know in no uncertain terms that I was unhappy, suffice to say, we had no option but to stay and we made the best out of a bad situation, as you do.

I tweeted about my experience and contacted the tour operator and after much wrangling and without the need to proceed to court, they refunded the full price of the holiday in its entirety, despite all my moans and groans, you cannot say fairer than that really!

I have had a couple of meetings this month so it was nice to get back into the mix so soon after Christmas, one of them was really good as it also involved my daughter coming along and I was not surprised to see her smash it out of the park, she has got a real talent.

I had so many personal messages via the website and my twitter feed about Father Brown, it was unreal. As I have said in previous months, I did not appear a great deal and I did not have lots of dialogue to get my teeth into, however, the positive remarks and general comments have been fabulous, so to all of you, thank you so much, it means a great deal to me.

I am off to London for a few days shortly to celebrate my daughters 16th birthday (that is frightening) and we have some great things planned – dinner at a couple of celebrity haunts, afternoon tea on a double decker bus with all the sights, the cable car across the Thames, an Indian breakfast (no seriously, it is Chai tea and cinnamon buns followed by an egg & bacon naan with spicy tomato sauce and more naan slathered in ghee and topped with a pineapple and pink peppercorn marmalade – mmm), then it is the walk of death across the glass floor at tower bridge, Spittalfields market and a visit to the Harrods oyster bar. Now I have written this, I realise it is all based around food and drink, oh well, it is a special occasion I guess.

Well I better nip off for a run now so I can pre burn all the calories I will be eating over the next few days, I am not looking forward to it because it is cold, but once I get going I will be fine.

Until next time, take special care

John xxxx