Framed

In Framed Eve Myles plays Angharad, the local school teacher who finally manages to win through Lester’s reserved nature.

Speaking about the role Eve says: “Angharad is the local primary school teacher of the only school that they’ve got in the village, so children of all ages go there.

“She’s fun but she’s very fair, and she’s very ambitious but in a kind, generous way. She is at the heart of the village because she does a lot more than her job description in a very tight-knit community. She’s the pillar of the community and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s chosen to be here and not to leave and she makes the best of it.

“She’s quite nosey, but she’s only nosey because she’s been living there for such a long time and not a lot happens – it’s almost a groundhog day existence. So when Lester turns up he puts a different sort of ingredient into the everyday mix and she tries to spice it up as much as possible.”

Eve was last seen on BBC One saving the planet from an alien race in Torchwood, so was Framed a conscious change of pace?

“It is, and that’s why I wanted to do it. It been quite difficult actually, because I’m used to doing bold things with guns, but Angharad is different to Gwen, she’s quieter, more thoughtful.

“She is not soft, she is feisty but she is a lot more complicated. You see how lonely she’s been throughout the story and through her closeness with Lester you realise she has been here on her own for a long time.

“She’s been looking for a challenge, she has been a very big fish in a little pond until Lester arrives and she finally meets somebody who is on her level.”

Eve was blown over by Frank Cottrell Boyce’s script.

“The script was beautiful, it was gentle and made me smile all the way through reading it.

“And I love stories that are told through children’s eyes because everything is real and honest in that way because children tend not to lie. They tend to say the truth, whether it gets them in trouble or not, and I think that reflects life because it’s in your face, no cover-ups, no apologies and it’s totally beautiful.

“I think Frank is a tremendous writer. And to meet him in person was such a treat. He’s just so intelligent, so talented and bright. He comes up with endless ideas and superb scripts and I don’t know how he does it.

“He’s amazing and I’ve asked him to be on my pub quiz team. I would love to see collaboration between him and Russell [T Davies] – that would just be out of this world.”

Like Torchwood, a large part of Framed was filmed in and around Cardiff and Eve is delighted how strong the TV industry is in her home city.

“When I was in college, everyone had to move to London for work but now it’s very different. If you want to live and work in Cardiff you can because of the fantastic projects going on in BBC Wales.

“Plus, there are an awful lot of projects coming down to Wales to be filmed because of the location and facilities. In the last five, six years it’s just gone bam and some of most popular dramas on television are being made in the city.

“I’m one of the proudest Welsh women to live knowing that fact – it is a very exciting time to be a part of it all.”

But for now Eve is content to take a break from acting as she prepares for the birth of her first baby, which is expected later in the year.

“I am going to have my feet up and get huge. It’s almost hysterical how excited I am, I’ve bought everything you can think of. Everything is prepared and done and the only thing to arrive now is my little darling.

“Already the baby and I have a fabulous relationship. We have loads of conversations and we chat. It’s my miracle, it’s my blessing and I can’t wait. I’ve never been so grateful for something in all my life. So, as you can tell, I am ecstatic.”

Trevor Eve and Eve Myles star in Framed, a brand new family drama, based on Frank Cottrell Boyce’s best-selling children’s novel, made by BBC Drama Productions for BBC One.

Set almost entirely in Wales, the one-off drama tells the story of 10-year-old Dylan Hughes and his family’s struggle to keep afloat their small petrol station, which sits at the foot of a mountain in North Wales.

When Dylan Hughes’ dad suddenly leaves home things get even tougher for Dylan, his sisters Minnie and Marie, baby brother Max and his mam.

Da’s departure however, coincides with the secretive arrival of a convoy of men and trucks who take residence on top of the mountain.

The villagers discover that the National Gallery in London has been flooded and the priceless paintings sent by the lorry-load to Wales for safe storage in the bowels of the old slate mine inside Manod mountain (as they were in the Second World War).

In charge of this is Quentin Lester (Trevor Eve), an intelligent but reserved senior curator who prefers paintings to people.

That is, until a funny and pivotal misunderstanding leads him to invite Dylan to view the paintings inside the mountain – and that in itself sets off an extraordinary chain of events that transforms the lives of the villagers and, eventually, Lester himself.

Add to that, the charms of the enigmatic and beautiful local school teacher Angharad (Eve Myles) and you have a romantic and heart-warming drama that will delight all ages.

Trevor Eve is one of country’s best-known leading actors with roles in Waking The Dead, Hughie Green Most Sincerely and the legendary Seventies private detective series Shoestring.

In Framed he plays Quentin Lester, a shy, reserved curator from the National Gallery, who, by chance, finds himself in a remote Welsh Village at the centre of a chain of events that will change his life for ever.

Speaking about his character, Trevor says: “He is very different from the roles that I usually play. Well, he is not a criminal investigator, for once, or even a game show host. (Laughs)

“I think he is a sensitive man. He is very shy, who can’t understand the inadequacies of the human race.

“He is the senior curator at the National Gallery, someone who has devoted his life to art and the appreciation of art. He is intolerant of people and doesn’t find them as fascinating as the canvasses that are in front of him so, when he has the opportunity to go into isolation with all of the paintings, he is very excited by this.

“In the end, though, it’s the interaction of the locals in the Welsh village which brings him round to an appreciation of people.

“In particular the character of Angharad, I think she is the one responsible for making him realise that beauty lies within people and not necessarily on canvas – and it’s been great working with Eve, she’s delightful, a really lovely girl.”

For Trevor it was Frank Cottrell Boyce’s script that really attracted him to the drama.

“Frank has created a wonderful world, which is a blend of fantasy and reality. I think the fascinating thing about him is that he doesn’t have any cynicism. He is a very un-cynical writer and I think that is rather charming and something that’s exciting to experience in this particular day and age.”

Did he do any research into the role of a curator?

“Yes, I have, I’ve spent time in the National Gallery and it’s not an effort believe me – I mean it’s just wonderful. I just think the work is just spectacular, you read about it and you read about the lives of the artists and it’s amazing.”

Framed was mainly filmed on location in Cardiff and on the mountains of Snowdonia. Speaking about the location, Trevor says:

“It’s a spectacular setting. I mean the landscape is so dramatic, it’s quite wonderful up there apart from the fact it seems to rain most of the time, but it’s breath-taking.

“I have really enjoyed filming in Wales; my mother was from South Wales so most of my holidays as a child were spent in the Mumbles of Swansea, so it was my home. And part of my family still live in Swansea, so it’s familiar environment to me.”

As well as acting alongside established actors such as Eve Myles and Bob Pugh, many of Trevor’s scenes were with Samuel Davies and Mari Ann Bull, who play the Hughes children. So did he have any words of advice for the young actors?

“I’m wiser than that, I wouldn’t attempt to give a single word of advice. I think they are really talented; their level of professionalism is amazing. They are more professional than me and I’ve been at it 35 years!”

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