Kingdom

Sunday, 5 July 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Lyle’s mother appears with an allotment-sized plea for help, dragging Lyle back to Stockport with her. This is just as Peter is about to escape for a few quiet days fishing. But Lyle’s sudden departure leaves Peter cancelling his holiday in Scotland and having to hold the fort.

In Stockport, Lyle and his mum spring into action, trying to save the local allotments on which the council are about to build new houses. Lyle discovers the local gardeners have buried their collective head in the sand about the proposed development, and it’s now the eleventh hour for rescuing their treasured allotments.

Lyle has additional problems when his twin brothers are arrested. They’ve been caught, again, in the act of some green-fingered rebellion: Guerrilla gardening. Their Mum feels responsible, but laments to Lyle that she just doesn’t know what to do about the twins’ behaviour: it’s been so hard since their dad died.

Back at Kingdom HQ, Peter is somewhat distracted by the newly installed CCTV cameras which are following local residents’ every move. Also, Auriel enlists him to assist with interviewing for a new housekeeper at her place. It’s here that Peter finds himself in the garden with the rather charming Lisa, playing an enticing game of giant chess.

Meanwhile, Scott is caught in some surreptitious surveillance of his own relating to a female classmate – he’s webcamming the prettiest girl in his class – too scared to ask her out on a real date. This gets him suspended from school and leaves Gloria frazzled. Out and about, Scott notices the close attention the CCTV cameras are paying him. A creative protest at this lands him at the police station, where Scott tells Yelland he’s only being targeted because he’s wearing a hoodie and young people are being unfairly spied on.

When Lyle’s initial attempts to save the allotments prove fruitless, he puts in a call to Peter, who immediately heads to Stockport. His guidance gives Lyle some new ideas, and while he’s investigating those, Peter does some digging of his own. A little time with Lyle’s Mum in the family garden unearths some telling clues as to how the brothers have dealt with losing their dad. That’s not all Peter discovers – the rare orchids growing on site are about to save the day.

Back in Market Shipborough, Beatrice assists Nigel in his search for enlightenment about women – he’s got an exam coming up for his marriage guidance training and Beatrice is only too happy to school him in the mysteries of womankind.

Gloria has persuaded Scott’s teachers to let him back into school, and Scott has persuaded the object of his affection to go out with him. He has also put a community plan into action, and as Officer Yelland prepares to head home, he sees each CCTV camera view filling with an assembly of hooded locals. Not just the youngsters, everyone’s there, including Auriel and her elderly tenants, and Peter. The cameras spin furiously and helplessly. Mission accomplished.

Back at Auriel’s, she and Peter interview job candidates. All are hopeless… until Lisa arrives – the woman Peter has been playing chess with in the garden. Lisa gets the job – she’s perfect for it. As celebrations to welcome her get underway at the Startled Duck, Peter starts to feel unwell, and at the moment a toast is made, he collapses.

Sunday, 28 June 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Jack plays Judge Jeremy Harding, an affluent lawyer and secret philanderer who is convinced he is being blackmailed by a mystery woman out to destroy his reputation in episode four.

“He is a bit of a local roué that darts between Norfolk and London. He has got a wife but she is more interested in her watercolour painting then she is in him. As a result, Jeremy has got quite a complicated private life.

“During the course of the story he is being blackmailed, which is why he turns to Peter Kingdom in the first place to help him out. He is in quite a state because he believes he is being watched.

“Peter Kingdom investigates and discovers there is rather more to the story than Jeremy thinks there is. Without giving too much away, the source of the blackmailing is closer to home than he imagined.”

Jack Dee is well known for his sardonic, dead pan comedy, radio and television presenting, writing and numerous acting roles. He has never been tempted to swap is career in the arts for a job as a lawyer.

“I wouldn’t have the memory power to be a lawyer. I’d also find it very difficult prosecuting people. I don’t think I’d enjoy that even though people might think it to be my natural tendency!

“I wouldn’t attempt to defend Jeremy Harding in any way! He is the kind of person who loves a life that suits him and it doesn’t seem to matter if it suits anyone else or not. He is the type to have a girl in every port and he likes it that way. It is a very difficult life to maintain without trouble bubbling up in one place or another all the time.

“To some extent he is a hypocrite. He is sitting there as a judge when in fact he really isn’t in a position to judge anyone because of his own personal record.

“He’s not a malevolent man or a bad person; I just think he is a bit of a rascal who hasn’t grown up. His worst crime is that he is arrogant and thinks he can live like that without any repercussions but of course he can’t.”

Jack Dee shot to fame in the early 1990s, scooping the British Comedy Award for Best Stage Newcomer in 1991. Since then he has won the British Comedy Award for Best Stand-up Comedian (1997) and was nominated for a BAFTA for Jack Dee Live at the Apollo in 2006.

Jack has also starred in dramas such as Silent Witness, Dalziel and Pascoe and Jonathan Creek, and written and starred in hit show Lead Balloon. He is currently writing a book called Thanks For Nothing about his life in comedy. Despite his busy schedule, Jack confesses he was overjoyed when he was offered the role in Kingdom.

“I’m really lucky that I’ve got variety in my work. Acting work is a bonus to what I normally do and it’s great when a job like Kingdom comes up. I enjoy my work but doing that as a job is what I call the icing on the cake.

We may not have seen the last of Judge Jeremy Harding in Kingdom. There is a surprise in store for our viewers…

“Without giving too much away, there are repercussions from a previous relationship that Jeremy had with Peter Kingdom’s sister Beatrice, played by Hermione Norris.

Sunday, 21 June 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Peter is working late when a brick comes through the window, announcing the arrival of the latest member of the Kingdom family – a guinea pig who turns out to have been liberated from the local medical research facility. Meanwhile, family tensions are running high for Nicky (Jaye Griffiths), a technician from the lab, and her highly principled teenage daughter, Donna, who’s taken up the hobby of breaking into the lab to sabotage her mother’s work. This leaves Nicky with the choice between career and daughter, but it’s much more complicated than it appears to be.

Beatrice’s school fees fund for Petra is now being supplemented by some rather convenient work from home – she’s unashamedly running a sex line, much to the embarrassment of all who grace the office and overhear her candid phone conversations.

Nigel, in his new role as a relationship counsellor, is presented with an odd challenge. A group of nuns are being forced to abandon their ramshackle convent and want help coping with the split. Nigel turns to Lyle, who seeks to relocate the nuns, whilst also trying to save their convent from the developers. The only residence he can find for them is the rooms above the Startled Duck – which alarms Ted at first, but their work ethic soon pleases him. After a near-death experience, Lyle is spiritually galvanised to help the nuns, whatever the risk.

As he battles the unscrupulous developer, the nuns settle in to the pub, and by the time Lyle saves the day, they’ve adjusted to life outside their convent and decided that God’s will is that they leave the convent – having secured a whopping great price for it from the developer.

Meanwhile the relationship between the lab technician and her daughter is breaking down even further. Donna wants her mother fired from the lab, and doesn’t mind breaking the law to achieve this. Nicky wants to spend every waking moment working, because the rare genetic disorder she’s researching killed her husband and, we eventually discover, has been passed down to her daughter. The ultimate choice is: does she work every minute she has trying to save her daughter, or does she spend every minute she can with her daughter, knowing her days are numbered? A complex legal and moral case, Peter does his best to steer the protagonists undamaged into open waters.

Beatrice’s sex line is slowly going beyond a joke and she herself suddenly crashes down to earth when she recognises the voice of one of her clients… and it’s none other than Petra’s father. She’s outraged! What on earth is he doing calling sex lines? Time to spill the beans about the identity of Petra’s father which she has so far kept secret.

Sunday, 7 June 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

The six-part drama, filmed on locations in Norfolk, follows the fortunes of Stephen Fry’s character, Peter Kingdom, an affable country solicitor in the picturesque Norfolk town of Market Shipborough.

Stephen Fry says he loves getting away from it all and travelling the world, but he’s always happy to return to “Kingdom country”.

His home county of Norfolk has become a star of the series, and Stephen is more than happy to share its delights with fellow actors, and tourists who have flocked to the area to see where the filming takes place.

“I like being away from the noise and the news and gossip of Britain. I like not knowing what is going on. I like being with a small group of people all fond of each other and getting on with it and not worrying about what is in the newspapers and who is saying what and what’s on television , and knowing who’s died.

“I like being completely disconnected. Although I also love gadgets and being connected in the other sense. I love it when people email me and phone me asking me to do something and I can say no I’m away for three months.

“But there are things I miss when I’m away like porridge, cricket, good tea, good cheese. I’m annoyed if I’ve missed a new television event that’s exciting, or movies, but you can always catch up with them if they are available online.

“I grew up in Norfolk and I absolutely adore being back there. It is a beautiful place. It has a strange and mysterious beauty and one that is not similar to the beauty of any other county.

“Norfolk has become a real star since we started the series. That is one of the most pleasurable sides of what is known as the Kingdom effect on tourism in the county.

“Swaffham, which is where we are mainly based for filming Kingdom, has produced Market Shipborough rock. The local cabs have ‘Welcome to Kingdom Country’ written on them, the local hotel has a big display about Kingdom country.

“It is very touching that people do come to join the cast. They come to lovely Norfolk and enjoy themselves.

“There are some excellent actors in the new series. Sandi Toksvig, Jack Dee, Anna Massey, June Whitfield, Peter Sallis. Talk about champagne casting you don’t get much better than that. It was marvellous to have old friends, and new friends, on set.”

Episode One

Peter Kingdom has found a new lease of life for himself, free from the shackles of his wayward brother who now rests in peace. Beatrice is settling into motherhood in her own unique way. Lyle is now a fully qualified solicitor and keen to prove himself. The flood has long retreated and everybody is getting on with their lives.

Lyle is out jogging on the Norfolk sands when he’s nearly trampled by the mounted regiment of the Blues and Royals who are on the beach with their horses for a fortnight’s summer training – so he’s in exactly the right frame of mind when Kate (Sophie Winkleman), an attractive young woman in tight riding gear, walks through the Kingdom door with a gender discrimination claim, against none other than the Blues and Royals.

Peter’s extremely frustrated. A local soldier called Tony has returned from Iraq having lost a leg, and the MOD’s compensation offer is derisory. Not only that, but Beatrice is making mountains of cabbage soup and doing a superb job of getting in the way at Kingdom – her body clock has gone awry and poor Peter is kept awake at all hours. That’s not to mention the drilling she does as she explores the house’s structure for the hidden cash Simon mentioned. To cap it all, his beloved vintage Alvis goes missing and the insurance company replace it with an ordinary saloon car.

Poor Gloria is having a terrible time. Her demanding, elderly father (Peter Sallis) is an expert in emotional blackmail and attention seeking – he’s also a local lock keeper. He’s feeling lonely underneath it all, that’s for sure, but when he holds a canal boat hostage for not paying some archaic tolls that only he seems to know about, chaos descends. Peter’s woken up in the middle of the night breaking up punch ups and desperately trying to help Gloria through a myriad of conflicting emotions – we all know how it is with parents, love, frustration, anger, despair…all the complicated stuff…

Lyle is chuffed to be dealing with such a gorgeous client, but confused as to her motives. This turns out to be a story about much more than sexual discrimination, for the young woman in question is nursing a well concealed secret – her fiancé was killed in Iraq six months ago – in the same roadside bomb that maimed Peter’s client Tony. It opens up the difficult issue of young men returning from war with severe disabilities and nobody to relate to.

Lyle faces up to modern concepts of duty and honour and starts to questions his own prejudices about army stereotypes. He tries his hand at horse riding, with disastrous results, and helps Kate work out her own deeper feelings.

The series is written by Alan Whiting (Wire in the Blood, Down to Earth, The Scarlet Pimpernel) Jeff Povey (EastEnders, Blue Murder, Wire in the Blood) and Guy Burt (Wire in the Blood, Diamond Geezer, Ghostboat).

Executive producer Simon Wheeler says: “We’re really pleased to be back in Norfolk this summer. There are so many stories for the Kingdom family and beyond that we can’t wait to tell.“

Kingdom is created by Simon Wheeler and made for ITV1 by Parallel UK in association with Stephen Fry’s production company, Sprout.

The producer is Georgina Lowe (Happy Go Lucky, Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet) and the directors are Metin Huseyin (The Invisibles, The Palace, Rose and Maloney) and Edward Hall (Spooks,Trial and Retribution, Marple), and the executive producer is Simon Wheeler.

Beatrice’s return to Market Shipborough eclipses all Kingdom’s business, as she strolls through the door cradling her new baby girl, Petra, in her arms.

Peter (Stephen Fry) is dealing with a sense of wounded pride over Beatrice’s choice of Simon (Dominic Mafham) as birthing partner. When Simon’s trial is called he needs Peter’s advice more than ever before, but Peter’s mind is elsewhere, or is he ignoring Simon’s plight on purpose?

Rehearsals for Aunt Auriel’s (Phyllida Law) annual summer play are going swimmingly, apart from the malfunctioning sprinklers. Everyone keeps getting soaked and Auriel’s residents have taken to carrying umbrellas indoors.

The sprinkler malfunction at Auriel’s continues, in spite of two visits from the maintenance company and a whole wing is closed down. There is no alternative, the guests have to be re-located. Kingdom and Kingdom suddenly becomes their new temporary home, with Cynthia, Gloria’s replacement, keeping them occupied with sing a longs and bingo.

It is finally discovered that the sprinkler malfunction is down to a bee infestation – the bees swarming around the pipe work are setting off the sensors. So at long last Auriel’s residents can get back to their usual home and Cynthia can have a break.

A young girl is carrying the world on her shoulders. Aged 12, and startlingly stoic, Ellie Lawson (Georgia Groome) cares for her sick mother (emphysema) and younger sister, Mia. There is no father on the scene, and she must take care of everything,

She is doing two paper rounds every morning before school, and completes of all the household chores and responsibilities at the end of every day. There is no real time or energy for homework and she’s slowly drifting into insignificance at school. None of the teachers notice, they just see her as a shy, underachiever. She can see no other way to live and no one else is there to help. She has learned to be entirely self-sufficient, but it’s beginning to take its toll.

When the creepy newsagent needs legal counsel, having failed to get a signed work permit from the young Ellie, Lyle (Karl Davies) reluctantly checks out the problem, and the little girl’s story slowly begins to emerge. Finally it seems that there might be someone to help, but will the family accept Lyle’s interference?

Lyle struggles against the social services system and Mrs Lawson (Wendy Nottingham) begs him to tread carefully, the last thing she wants is for her children to be taken into care. But Lyle knows that Ellie deserves to live her childhood, and he manages to secure an increased benefit allowance for the family and a week away for Ellie and her little sister Mia.

As Simon’s trial is fast approaching, he finally manages to talk to Peter about the possible consequences. One thing’s for certain, with a jail sentence likely, he needs to get his life in order and the Kingdom brothers discuss what will happen to Simon’s share of the partnership. They invite Lyle to take an early position of responsibility, offering him Simon’s stake in the company, and Lyle is understandably overjoyed. So much so that he doesn’t even hesitate when Auriel asks him to play the part of Miranda in The Tempest, which means wearing a frilly, pink dress.

But then Simon’s trial is dropped due to a lack of evidence and poor Lyle is left in a dress, with no hope of partnership. He’s crestfallen.

But this all pales into insignificance as a storm hits Market Shipborough with unprecedented force and the town is thrown into danger and panic. The Tempest performance is cancelled just as it begins, everyone gets very wet, and the rain keeps coming and the flooding begins.

Back at Kingdom, safe from the elements for the time being, Simon pulls Peter to one side in desperation. He needs his money now, there’s a contract out on him and he has no choice but to disappear conveniently in the flood. Simon begs Peter to let him go without a fuss and Peter agrees. Simon steps out into the night and that’s the last that is seen of him.

The next morning Market Shipborough is a complete wreck. Homes have been damaged, pets have been swept away, belongings and memories have been destroyed. The town is in complete shock. Lyle’s shiny new G-Wizz has been upturned and short-circuited, Kingdom is soaked and dazed and townspeople wander the submerged streets.

Gloria (Celia Imrie) has returned from her holiday and strides through in waders to help Lyle and Peter out as best she can, and they are delighted to see her. But it is an incredibly difficult time for all and when Simon cannot be found, Peter’s heart begins to race. He goes looking for his brother and returns to the beach where he originally disappeared.

Peter finds nothing as he scours the coastline and then suddenly his eyes glimpse something in the distance and he stops dead in his tracks…

Sunday 17 February 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

Peter’s old Cambridge professor, Barkway (Richard Wilson), invites Peter (Stephen Fry) to speak at a college conference on human justice. Simon (Dominic Mafham) decides to join him on the visit. Rather reluctantly Peter leaves Lyle (Karl Davies) in charge of the business.

Peter assumes that he is in Cambridge to deliver a speech, nothing more. But Barkway has ulterior motives. A college biologist, Dr Mary Goodyear, has died overseas and some of her research has been stolen. Her lesbian lover of many years, librarian Janet Cramer (Diana Quick) has appropriated Dr Goodyear’s papers. Barkway wants the papers back, for the good of the college, of course. Peter remembers that Barkway will soon be invested as master.

In Cambridge, Simon and Peter track the librarian down. She’s still upset about the death of her partner and she’s immovable. She claims that the research was left to her that’s the end of it. She explains that Goodyear was on the verge of a very important breakthrough, with huge implications for global warming…she claims that Barkway just wants to steal all the glory for himself.

Barkway alleges that in fact she wants to publish the research – he also doubts that a will from Goodyear really exists. Simon takes the law into his own hands, breaks into Janet’s library office and makes a copy of the will, and it turns out that there is no mention whatsoever of intellectual property.

Peter confronts Janet and she says even if the will doesn’t say anything, she has some personal letters which do. Dr Goodyear – on the verge of suicide – wrote to Janet from the Pacific to tell her that her lifetime’s research was hopeless and incorrect and she asked Janet to destroy all the research. So her dying wish, in essence, was that her work never be published, and Janet wants to follow her instructions.

Something doesn’t add up and Peter struggles to know what to do next. He bumps into Auriel (Phylidda Law) and they go for a punt on the Cam.

Peter goes to the library, and there on the open shelves, under Marine Biology, he finds all the stolen research, neatly lined up. He leafs through it and discovers a bundle of letters, tied with ribbon.

They are clearly nothing to do with academic research: these are personal, and they are from Barkway – he and Mary Goodyear had an affair in the 70s. Peter agrees to keep quiet about the letters and Barkway agrees to face up to the past.

Barkway tells his wife the truth, Janet discovers that Mary’s research was on it’s way to success and agrees to share the papers with the college in the context of continuing Mary’s research and the conference on human justice finishes with a flourish. Best of all, Barkway is soon to be master.

Back in Market Shipborough, with just Lyle and Gloria’s son Scott (Angus Imrie) in the office, things quickly descend into chaos.

A crazy old lady, Mrs Compton explains to Lyle that she’s not going to be here much longer and that she needs her cats to be looked after when she’s gone. Lyle agrees to prepare a trust fund for the cats.

Scott is busy setting up a little business of his own offering a technical support service. He offers to cut Lyle in on his profits and as he’s saving up for a G-Wizz, Lyle agrees to Scott’s proposal. Together they devise a new will-writing service, and draw up an advert for the local paper.

Lyle takes a test drive in a G-Wizz. It’s his dream to own an eco-friendly car, but there’s just no way he can afford it, especially with his student loan still hanging over and the meagre wages he’s getting at the moment.

Then the G-Wizz salesman, Mr Matthews, proposes a deal. He wants Lyle to draw up a loan agreement for his son, so that he can get on the property ladder and buy himself a home. It all seems simple enough and Lyle shakes on the deal.

Lyle arrives at Kingdom the next morning to find Peter’s office full of cats. Mrs Compton has delivered her entire menagerie and once again she says how she’s not going to be here for long now — just a few days left. Lyle finds he hasn’t the heart to tell a dying old woman to take her cats back, so now he’s stuck with them.

Lyle comes back with cat food and kitty litter to find a huge queue stretching along the pavement. Forty locals are lined up outside Kingdom. Scott shows Lyle the local paper — in which their ad has been misprinted. It now reads “Anderson Associates are offering a FREE will preparation service. No appointment necessary.” They are now in very hot water with no choice but to honour the services offered in the advert.

Lyle has a man-to-man chat with David Matthews at the local supermarket. It turns out there’s a touch of gentle family blackmail going on. The loan his dad is promising in order that he can get himself on the property ladder is a large one, and David will only be able to afford the repayments if he drops his bohemian lifestyle and takes a job in the family firm. But his father’s a controlling dominant man and David has no idea how to make him understand, so he asks Lyle.

Mrs Compton isn’t dying, just moving in with her son who is allergic to cats. She has developed a firm friendship with David Matthews and his wife, and has decided to sell them her home at its 1970s value. The young couple finally have a home of their own, without the pressure of their parents breathing down their necks.

Mr. Matthews confronts Lyle: they were supposed to have a deal, and Lyle went back on his word. Lyle argues that he was protecting the best interests of the young couple. Mr. Matthews tells Lyle that he’s a rare thing – an honest solicitor – and presents him with the payment plan and G-Wizz keys. We’ve never seen Lyle happier.

While in Cambridge, Simon gets an unexpected call from Beatrice (Hermione Norris). She wants him to visit her in rural hideaway. Simon finds Beatrice incredibly relaxed. She’s very close to her due date and wants Simon to be her birthing partner. She gives him a pager and tells him he must be there when the time comes – he mustn’t let her down.

When he and Peter return to Market Shipborough his pager from Beatrice goes off and he realises that her baby is on its way three weeks early. He has to tell Peter what is going on, and Peter is suitably hurt to learn that Beatrice has chosen Simon over him, but there’s no time to squabble and Simon knows he has to get to her as quickly as he possibly can.

Sunday 10 February 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

Kingdom
Sunday 20 January 2008 9:20pm – 10:20pm on ITV1.

Pressure is mounting on Peter Kingdom (Stephen Fry) as he is forced to hide his fugitive brother Simon (Dominic Mafham), who has begged him not to go to the police.

With gossip spreading rapidly through Market Shipborough how long can he keep Simon’s reappearance a secret? Lyle (Karl Davies) is worried about the effect on Kingdom and Kingdom. Hiding a criminal could put the entire business in jeopardy.

Honor (Kelly Campbell) and Simon are reunited, although it is hardly a match made in heaven. Simon is also introduced to his son Daniel and then has to face up to some new responsibilities.

At Aunt Auriel’s (Phyllida Law), Patricia Wright (Caroline Pickles) seeks Peter Kingdom’s help when she fears that an attractive nurse who is caring for her seriously ill father may be after his money.

Peter talks to the elderly Mr Wright (Richard Briers) and meets his nurse Heather (Lucy Benjamin). Something catches his eye in their companionship, but Heather is also abrasive and rude, fiercely defensive of Mr Wright. Is she protecting their relationship or her own more selfish intentions?

When Patricia presents Heather with a pay off cheque, against Peter’s advice, Heather is furious. But when Peter cautions Patricia, she passes on some sensitive information. Heather was moved on from her last job at St John’s hospice for seducing an elderly patient. Everybody seems to have it in for Heather, and all Peter has to go on is prejudice and conjecture. Added to this Mr Wright seems to be of sound mind and is determined to live his life on his own terms.

Mr Wright suffers a sudden heart attack. Peter visits and reminds Mr Wright that he has only just met Heather and it may be wise to tread cautiously – but nothing Peter says can sway him and he asks that his will be re-written immediately, leaving everything to Heather. Patricia visits, but father and daughter argue viciously.

But in a dramatic turn of events Heather dies before they can come to reconciliation. Finally the real truth emerges – Heather’s bond with Mr Wright was real – they shared the experience of a difficult health condition. They met in the cardiac clinic as patients and formed an immediate and strong bond.

Heather herself inherited a good amount of money from her own family and was obviously never interested in monetary gain from Mr Wright. Ironically Heather has left her money and assets to Mr Wright, as they had mutual wills – thus one day it will all end up with Patricia anyway. Patricia and her father now only have each other to turn to.

Lyle has to strip off to settle a dispute between the local naturist community and residents overlooking the car park to the beach. Lyle finds it all terribly embarrassing, especially as he’s representing clients whose lifestyle he neither understands nor agrees with. He is also shocked to discover that pub landlord Ted (Thomas Fisher) is one of them.

Lyle tries a couple of compromises with the council and his nudist case, but they’re not having any of it, and with no solution for his clients Lyle realises that he’s in danger of losing his good reputation – not by association with nudists (as he first feared), but by being a second rate solicitor.

So he strips at the nudist pub meeting, and from then on it’s plain sailing. Through careful mediation Lyle manages to bring the two groups to a compromise: the naturists must keep their clothes on in the car park and the local homeowners will accept that they must graciously share the car park and stop interfering.

Beatrice (Hermione Norris) has finally done something about the pregnancy tests in her drawer. She goes for her first scan, but still can’t find the words to share her news with anyone. There’s too much noise in the house, too much madness just when she’s trying to keep her head together. And now that she’s really sure she’s pregnant and she’s stopped taking her medication, she needs somewhere she feels calm and supported – Kingdom couldn’t be further from this.

The next morning Peter drives Beatrice to the train station. She has decided to seek out some peace and quiet. It’s the only way that she can cope, and she assures him that she’ll be back soon.

Gloria (Celia Imrie) is the one to break the news when she presents the brothers with a very blurred black and white photograph – the scan of Beatrice’s baby.

Simon and Peter have their first frank conversation. Simon explains that he was fed up of living a pretend life and that he wanted more than anything in the world to be home.

He assures Peter that he is a changed man and Peter believes him. But Simon reveals to Peter that he doesn’t intend to go to the police, he was never planning on staying long anyway.

Peter is horrified and asks Simon to leave immediately. Just as the brothers say a final goodbye, DC Yelland (Gerard Horan) knocks at the door, accompanied by uniformed officers and Simon Kingdom is placed under arrest.

Kingdom, created by Simon Wheeler, and written by Alan Whiting, Jeff Povey and Guy Burt is filmed on location in Norfolk.

Kingdom was the first commission for ITV1 from Simon’s production company, Parallel Film and Television Productions. The new series is being made in association with Stephen Fry’s production company, Sprout, which he runs with Gina Carter (Bright Young Things)

Talking about episode two, Karl Davies explains that stripping off for the screen has become almost second nature so he wasn’t surprised to see that his character joins a bunch of nudists in the new series of Kingdom.

“In every job I do I end up getting naked, so it was no shock to see I had to take my clothes off in Kingdom when my character has to defend the rights of a group of nudists.

“I could just feel all the way along that at some point there was going to have to be some nakedness.

“When I read the script about the nudists I just thought this has got to end up being Lyle’s case.

“When I was filming I had a text from a friend working up on Corrie saying ‘please God can you do a job where you keep your clothes on’. I said ‘funny you should mention it actually, you’ll never guess what I am doing’. This is proper nakedness. It is literally a sock over the front and that is your lot.

“It was so cold that day there were lots of blue bottoms wandering around.

“Lyle is initially reluctant to strip off, but he is easily persuaded when one of the nudists is an attractive young blonde.”

Kingdom
Sunday 13 January 2008 9:20pm – 10:20pm on ITV1.

There’s still no word from Peter Kingdom’s missing brother Simon, so Peter is happily taking on the role of surrogate father. Simon’s son Daniel and the baby’s mother, Honor (Kelly Campbell), have moved in and Peter (Stephen Fry) has to learn about nappy changing and feeding times.

The local Women’s Institute calls for Peter’s help in their bid to save the local lighthouse from closure. Their petition to the Trinity House Lighthouse Authority has been met with a resounding no.

Peter contacts Trinity House, but they are immovable. Sidney Snell (Tony Slattery), however, nose deep in local law, finds a possible solution – the WI can form a lighthouse authority themselves and buy the lighthouse back for the community.

The WI goes for the plan straight away and a secret ballot is taken. However, when two negative votes are discovered the WI suspect their newest members, the tricksy Beatrice (Hermione Norris) and her sidekick Gloria (Celia Imrie).

But it appears the objectors are actually The Tucker sisters (Helen Blatch & Annette Badland), two charming old ladies who have also sought Peter’s help in stopping the vandalism of a coastal path fence. They deny any involvement in trying to sabotage the rescue plan for the lighthouse and Peter is stumped.

Peter learns from his Aunt Auriel (Phyllida Law) that the Tucker sisters’ Uncle Tom used to run the lighthouse, and that he had a shady local reputation. The sisters suffered childhood abuse at the hands of their uncle and they want to get rid of the lighthouse as a symbol of that trauma.

Peter manages to persuade the Tucker sisters to support the WI’s good intentions and the lighthouse is saved.

Sidney Snell and pub landlord Ted (Thomas Fisher) are practising for their annual horn dance, but there is an accident during their rehearsal at the local community hall and Ted’s buttock is stabbed by a rogue antler.

Ted wants to claim damages and Snell knows exactly who to ask. Under pressure from all sides Peter leaves Snell to prepare his own case on the matter. But Snell takes it too far, and ends up instigating proceedings to sue a two-year-old from the playgroup for spilling their orange juice. Peter is horrified and has to intervene before the good name of Kingdom and Kingdom is tainted forever.

Lyle (Karl Davies) and Peter get caught up in a burger war between two brothers when they stop in a lay-by for a snack.

There are two burger vans on opposite sides of the road, but they are both deserted. Then they catch sight of two men fighting in the adjacent field. They pull the punch-up apart. Gordon Smith (Steve Marsh) accuses his brother Jeff (Dan Wright) of taking his business, and engages Lyle to fight his case. Eventually, with Peter’s powers of persuasion, the brothers decide to talk about it and work together instead of going through with any expensive legal action.

Meanwhile Honor is developing a soft spot for Lyle, of which he is totally unaware. Honor gives Lyle a spontaneous piano lesson at the Kingdom piano and kisses him. Lyle is totally taken aback and responds by hiding in his room.

Beatrice seems to be becoming increasingly volatile, and she takes great offence at her brother’s suspicion that she is guilty of voting against the lighthouse at the WI. Beatrice also has a drawer full of pregnancy tests. In spite of a blue line every time, she seems convinced that the tests are wrong. With no one to confide in, and evidently in complete denial, she’s treading a mysterious and fine line. When will she crack?

The christening of Daniel is a great success and Beatrice and Peter are both proud godparents.

Later that evening, as they return home and put their beloved Daniel to bed, a strange smell wafts in from the sitting room. Beatrice walks in to find Simon (Dominic Mafham) standing there, smoking a cigarette, as if he had never been away.

The series, created by Simon Wheeler, and written by Alan Whiting (Wire in the Blood, Down to Earth, The Scarlet Pimpernel) Jeff Povey (EastEnders, Blue Murder, Wire in the Blood) and Guy Burt (Wire in the Blood, Diamond Geezer, Ghostboat) is filmed on location in Norfolk.

Laura Mackie, ITV’s Director of Drama, says: “Kingdom really struck a chord with viewers, and was one of our best performing dramas of 2007. We are thrilled that Stephen Fry and the rest of the cast returned for a new series.”

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