I woke up at 6 a.m. on Monday…I would have liked to sleep more after a day without sleep, but that's jet-lag for you. I say in bed for an hour, trying to sleep, then got up, had breakfast at a nice little cafe, and spent an hour or so making notes on a feature rewrite that I am up for. Then I roamed around London as it woke up, too.
Stephen and his wife shared some fascinating stories about life in South Africa. They also shot a documentary in Africa…I didn't quite get what it was about, but part of it involved taking tribesmen up in a hot air balloon to see their land from the sky for the first time. Another actor, who I gathered is also a director, regaled us with tales about his time on location in India on SHARPE'S PERIL.
Anyway, I had a great time chatting while stuffing myself with Shaun's delicious steak & oyster pie, roast potatos, and all sorts of tasty dishes laid out buffet-style on a big table in the kitchen. I learned that the TV business in the UK is going through a rough patch, too. Shows are being asked to significantly trim their budgets or face cancellation. I was told that two hit shows, LEWIS and WIRE IN THE BLOOD, were cancelled over costs and that one of the networks is on shaky financial footing. I'm sure I will learn more about that when I have breakfast with my UK agent and head off together for some studio meetings.