You popped your questions inside of Jonathan Harvey of Beautiful Thing, Beautiful People, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Corrie and now Canary fame *breathes* – and he did you the honour of coming up with the goods

Oh, hello

Oh, and don’t forget that Canary is on at Hampstead Theatre from, like, right now. Go here to buy your £15 tickets.

And so to work… Come back tomorrow for the rest.

How about writing something in conjunction with Russell T Davies? It could be the gayest gay thing on gay TV. Do you like the stuff he writes? – Kelly Marie Tunstall
I love Russell as a person and of course as a writer. He is so supportive to other writers. He sent me THE nicest email about my new play Canary. So nice I wanted to print it off and frame it. We have jokily discussed co-writing but decided we’d fall out over who got first billing. Of course, he’d have to get top billing but I’m not telling him that.

Linda la Hughes is my comedy heroine. Who/what/where/when inspired that one? Claude Remains
The inspiration for Linda was someone I once worked with who thought everyone fancied her, when they clearly didn’t.

You’re the best writer on Coronation Street. Do all the other writers hate you? Nell Gwynn
Loathe me!…

Beautiful Thing really is a beautiful thing. What’s the most beautiful thing in your life? Keep it clean. – Tom Cruising.
My boyfriend, my dogs and my cat.

Was Gimme Gimme Gimme successful in America at all? It was so different to Will & Grace I wonder if anyone would have got it there. Big fan of your work, btw. – Bernard
Gimme never stood a chance in America as Will & Grace stole our thunder. The only Americans I know who’ve seen it were pretty horrified by it.

What was the inspiration behind Beautiful Thing, a peice of writting that’s touched thousands around the world to this very day – Jonathan
I was angry about the age of consent laws at the time and the discussions in the House of Lords, which seemed to be all about anal sex. I wanted to write a play about love, and have the protaganists under 16 to show that life wasn’t quite like their view.

The world would absolutely love a ten years later follow up one-off special return to Tom and Linda. It HAS to happen. We need Kathy and James back one last time. Would you do it if you could get them back? If not, why not? – Andrew
I would do it, yes, but the likelihood of persuading Kathy Burke to act again in anything longer than a five-minute sketch is unthinkable. She has hung up her Lindy shoes.

Don’t forget to come back for the rest on the morrow…

 

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  1. Gimme Gimme Gimme in the States? My mate in Indiana used to have his friends round to watch GGG when it was on BBC America. I sent him the boxset DVD and his mates would come round to watch it en masse. They LOVED it and couldn’t believe that something like that would get aired on terrestrial TV in the UK whilst their networks showed usch staid, boring crap. His fancy dress outfit at a party last year when he came over to London was Linda. Scarily real.

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