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Posted By missbillie   June 1st, 2014  Interviews,Penny Dreadful

Playing Brona in Penny Dreadful brought a few challenges for softly spoken, plummy-toned Billie – not least learning the much harsher Northern Irish accent. Shooting the show in Dublin didn’t help, as she found the variations confusing at times. Billie said: “I had a hardcore dialect coach. It’s Northern Irish but it was hard being in Dublin with loads of Dubliners on the set.

“It’s really unhelpful because lots of us are doing different accents, so she was a permanent fixture. Sometimes, I’d practise round the house and we’d listen to a lot of it in my car. My kids would find it really funny. We’d all do it together in my car to a CD and, yes, they loved it.”

In fact, Billie got so good at the harsh Northern Irish accent, she had to tone it down for fear viewers wouldn’t understand her. “Because it’s a very strong accent, as you know, and a hard accent as in how it sounds, it’s sometimes hard to understand. I think we had to be very mindful of it being too Belfast. It was that battle of making everything you say heard but also being true to the accent. Everyone can judge it, now they can see it. God!”

Posted By missbillie   May 26th, 2014  Penny Dreadful,Photo Update

Screencaps of last night’s episode have been uploaded. (Billie only had one scene, sadly.)

WARNING: They do contain explicit content, and may not be suitable for young fans.


Posted By missbillie   May 26th, 2014  Candids,Photo Update

Posted By missbillie   May 20th, 2014  Interviews,Media: Videos

Posted By missbillie   May 20th, 2014  Interviews,Media: Videos,Penny Dreadful

Posted By missbillie   May 20th, 2014  Foxtrot,Project Updates,TV Projects

Synopsis of Playhouse Presents Foxtrot which airs on Thursday 29th May on Sky Arts:

‘Former stripper Badger (played by Billie Piper) and her accomplice Fox are holed up in a hotel with the man they have just kidnapped, but a phone call from their cold, calculating boss Mrs Dalloway reveals they have abducted the twin of their intended target. Their victim has learning difficulties and struggles to communicate with them, but while Badger wants to ditch him and run, Fox’s conscience gets the better of her.’

Posted By missbillie   May 19th, 2014  Penny Dreadful,Photo Update,TV Projects

We’ve added screencaps of Billie’s debute in ‘Penny Dreadful’. Wasn’t she amazing as always? Loving her irish accent!

WARNING; They contain explicit content and may not be suitable for younger fans. 

Posted By missbillie   May 18th, 2014  Doctor Who

The Day of the Doctor, the 50th anniversary special of the BBC show, has been crowned the Radio Times Audience Award winner at the 2014 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards.

The only award at the TV Baftas decided by the public, the Audience Award was voted for by tens of thousands of people on RadioTimes.com during April and early May.   In a keenly fought race, the Doctor Who special, written by showrunner Steven Moffat, saw off stiff competition for the prize in the shape of Broadchurch, Breaking Bad, Gogglebox, Educating Yorkshire and The Great British Bake Off.

The Day of the Doctor aired on 23 November 2013, exactly 50 years after the first episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child starring William Hartnell, was screened and introduced the Time Lord and Tardis to the world for the very first time.

Broadcast simultaneously to 94 countries across the globe in both 2D and 3D, the 75-minute episode was the television event of 2013.  Starring Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, the episode saw the return of former Tardis incumbents David Tennant and Billie Piper, as well as a featuring role for legendary veteran British actor John Hurt as the War Doctor.  With a cameo from incoming incarnation of the Time Lord Peter Capaldi and a glimpse of former Tardis favourite Tom Baker, the episode was without doubt one of the most spectacular chapters in the show’s long and illustrious history.

Described as “a love letter to fans”, The Day of the Doctor attracted 12.8 million viewers on British television, with a further 2.4 million watching the US simulcast on BBC America – breaking the channel’s all-time record.  The show also took the record for the most requested programme on the BBC’s iPlayer, enjoying almost 3 million streams before the end of 2013.

There were big numbers for the anniversary special in the cinema too, with cinema takings of over £1.7 million in the UK pushing Doctor Who to number three in the UK cinema box office in the week of airing, and the show pulling in more than $10 million across the world in movie theatres.

The Day of the Doctor is the second Radio Times Audience Award winner.  The 2013 award was won by HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones, shown in the UK on Sky Atlantic.


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