Sky Atlantic's epic drama about the Romans invading ancient Britain, starring ZoŽ as vengeful Queen Antedia, returned for a second series on 7 November. Both series are available via Sky and NOW TV.

Worzel Gummidge

ZoŽ plays eccentric aristocrat Lady Bloomsbury Barton in the second episode of the BBCís new adaptation of Barbara Euphan Toddís classic childrenís stories, which aired just after Christmas. It's available via the BBC iPlayer.

Shadow and Bone

ZoŽ recently finished filming this major new fantasy series for Netflix, based on Leigh Bardugoís novels. She's been cast as Baghra, a ruthless teacher. The release date hasn't yet been announced.


News round-up: Wimbledon; BBC Radio Wales; favourite Shakespeare speech; Girlfriends in New Zealand Ė and more

18 July 2018 21:37

ZoŽ joins the crowds at Wimbledon

Zoe and her husband, Gawn Grainger, recently enjoyed world-class tennis and glorious weather at Wimbledon. They were pictured in the Royal Box on Centre Court, where Serena Williams was playing Julia Georges.

Hear ZoŽ interviewed by Aled Jones

From 1-2pm this Sunday, 22 July, thereís another chance to hear ZoŽís BBC Radio Wales interview. The hugely enjoyable programme, presented by Aled Jones, was first broadcast in June 2017.

Whether youíre in Wales or elsewhere, youíll find details of how to listen to Radio Wales on the stationís website.

ZoŽís favourite Shakespearean speech

In a recent podcast from BBC Radio 3ís The Shakespeare Sessions, ZoŽ explains why the famous ĎO for a Muse of fireí speech at the beginning of Henry V means so much to her. (The brief interview originally aired on Radio 4 several years ago but is certainly worth listening to again.)

ĎIt encompasses everything that my father [Sam Wanamaker] had envisaged [for his reconstruction of Shakespeareís Globe],í ZoŽ remarks about the speech. ĎIt paints the most wonderful picture, and it asks the audience to enter the world of play, of theatre.í

ZoŽ knows the speech particularly well, having spoken it on stage at the Globe in June 1997 to mark the theatreís official opening.

She recalls an auspicious moment in the run-up to the opening ceremony: ĎAs I rehearsed [the speech], just as I did the bow at the end, the sun just came up the top of the thatch and hit me straight in the eyes. That was, I felt, a little sign.í

You can watch ZoŽ give the powerful speech during the ceremony itself, as it was filmed for a fascinating documentary, Henry V at the Globe.

Girlfriends comes to New Zealand

You can now watch every episode of Girlfriends in New Zealand, thanks to streaming service TVNZ OnDemand. The drama was originally shown in the UK earlier this year and has also been enjoyed by US viewers.

Check out TVNZís great list of reasons to watch the series (though surely the fact it stars ZoŽ, Miranda Richardson and Phyllis Logan is reason enough!). But be warned: Girlfriends Ďwill suck you in and steal your heartí!

Love Hurts series two in the US

The streaming service that brought Girlfriends to the US, Acorn TV, is getting ready to release the second series of Love Hurts in late August. Look out for major developments in the relationship between Zoeís tough-yet-vulnerable Tessa and cheeky entrepreneur Frank (Adam Faith).

This news follows the equally welcome announcement that series one will be available to Acorn TV subscribers from the end of July.

Fingers crossed that US fans will get to see Love Hurtsí final series in September... Iíll keep you updated!

28 Tales for 28 Days crowdfunding campaign

ZoŽ is among the actors set to take part in 28 Tales for 28 Days, a series of videos for the charity Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. The project will highlight the experiences of people indefinitely detained in the UK and call for a 28-day time limit to be imposed on immigration detention periods.

As GDWG explains, ĎActors including Jeremy Irons, Christopher Eccleston, Shobu Kapoor, Maxine Peake, Zoe Wanamaker and Niamh Cusack and writers Kamila Shamsie, Patience Agbabi, Neel Mukherjee and others will be filmed reading the tales of those who have experienced detention and those who have worked with them. All writers and actors will donate their work. Studio space is also donated.í

The charity has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the aim of raising enough money to cover filming, editing and distribution costs. If youíd like to make a donation to 28 Tales for 28 Days, you can do so until 2 August.

Thanks to Karoline for her help.

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