Shadow and Bone

ZoŽ plays Baghra, a stern teacher, in this major new fantasy series based on Leigh Bardugoís bestselling Grishaverse novels. Streaming now on Netflix.


The third series of Sky Atlantic's epic drama about the Romans invading ancient Britain, starring ZoŽ as vengeful Queen Antedia. Streaming now on Sky, NOW and other services.


The One Show brings us a Harper family reunion!

20 May 2020 02:57

There's a real buzz around the BBC's primetime reruns of My Family, and now we're being treated to a Harper clan reunion, thanks to another popular programme.

ZoŽ will be interviewed by presenters Alex Jones and Alex Scott on The One Show on 20 May (7 pm, BBC One) about the comedy's enduring appeal. Joining her to reminisce will be two of her My Family co-stars, Robert Lindsay and Kris Marshall.

ZoŽ first appeared on The One Show back in 2011 - the same year My Family bowed out - to talk about the film My Week with Marilyn, in which she plays Marilyn Monroe's formidable acting coach. Here she is photographed with Alex Jones and Matt Baker at the time.

BBC One's next My Family rerun will be on 22 May at 8 pm - it's the episode called 'The Last Resort', which is one of my favourites. Susan has a birthday she certainly won't forget in a hurry at a rather dodgy B&B!

If you don't want to wait 'til then, you'll be pleased to hear that every series of My Family is available to stream on the BBC iPlayer.

With thanks to Janet for her help.

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Birthday wishes for ZoŽ

13 May 2020 01:31

13 May is ZoŽ's birthday! I'm sure you'll join me in sending every good wish to our favourite leading lady.

Happy birthday, ZoŽ, and many happy returns!

Updated 20 May...

Talented photographer John Cairns has shared a couple of lovely photos of ZoŽ on Instagram in celebration of her birthday.

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The Harpers are back on the BBC (and iPlayer)!

26 April 2020 23:56

Twenty years (yes, really!) after the first series was originally shown, hugely popular sitcom My Family is back on BBC One Ė and in a primetime, Friday night slot to boot!

Series one hasn't been repeated on the BBC's main channel since 2000. The very first episode, ĎThe Serpentís Toothí (in which Robert Lindsayís disgruntled Ben discovers ZoŽís Susan is Ďseeingí another dentist...), made a welcome return on 24 April at 8 pm. Episode two, ĎPain in the Classí, sees the Harpers unite against a school bully and will be shown this Friday, 1 May, at the same time.

But perhaps you prefer to stream TV shows instead. If so, you'll be thrilled to hear that every series of My Family is now available to watch whenever you want on the BBC iPlayer. That's eleven series, with 119 episodes in total!

A My Family boxset binge is a fantastic way to chase away the lockdown blues. For more escapism, check out my list of TV shows starring ZoŽ to watch while staying home.

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Rare chance to hear Such Rotten Luck series two

15 April 2020 22:19

The first series of Such Rotten Luck made a welcome return to the airwaves earlier this year, and Iím pleased to say BBC Radio 4 Extra is now broadcasting the comedy-dramaís equally witty second series. As far as I know, this is the first time in five years that series two has been aired.

The opening episode finds ZoŽís Gila and her husband, struggling writer Woodhouse (played by Tim Pigott-Smith), about to become parents, but the latter's head is still in the clouds. When he gets a call out of the blue, will Gila be able to persuade him not to look a gift horse in the mouth?

You can catch up with the series two opener on BBC Sounds or listen to the repeat on Radio 4 Extra this Saturday, 18 April, at 12:30 pm. The other episodes in this six-part series are set to air on Tuesdays at 9:30 am, with each one being repeated a couple of times (see the schedule for details).

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TV shows starring ZoŽ to watch while staying home

1 April 2020 18:01

Now that most of us are spending most of our time at home, TV features more prominently in our lives than ever.

Hereís a selection of brilliant TV shows starring ZoŽ to give you some much-needed escapism.

Stay home, stay safe and stay well, everyone.

Worzel Gummidge (2019)

What could be more joyous than long summer days, acres of peaceful countryside and the adventures of a talking scarecrow and his pals?

ZoŽís star turn in episode two of Worzel Gummidge, ĎThe Green Maní, is sure to put a smile on your face. She plays the eccentric Lady Bloomsbury Barton Ė think bold colours, Doc Martens and Iris Apfel-style glasses!

Both episodes of this family favourite are available on the BBC iPlayer, plus you can preorder the DVD and Blu-ray (theyíre due to be released next week).

Agatha Christieís Poirot (2005-13)

We all love a good whodunnit, and arguably the best are by the Queen of Crime, also known as Agatha Christie.

Itís thought that Christie created the character of Ariadne Oliver, a fellow crime writer, in the spirit of self-parody. The wonderfully scatterbrained Ariadne is memorably brought to life by ZoŽ in several TV adaptations of Christieís Poirot novels: ĎCards on the Tableí, ĎMrs McGintyís Deadí, ĎThird Girlí, ĎHalloweíen Partyí, ĎElephants Can Rememberí and ĎDead Manís Follyí (which was filmed at Christieís own holiday home in Devon).

Ariadne is the antithesis of the meticulous, moustachioed private detective Hercule Poirot (portrayed by David Suchet), and yet the pairís unlikely friendship endures.

Episodes are available to stream via Amazon Prime Video (look for series ten onwards to find those featuring ZoŽ). The DVDs arenít readily available anymore Ė but you may have luck on eBay, for example.

My Family (2000-11)

Can it really be 20 years since the Harpers burst onto our TV screens?

With well over 100 episodes of this incredibly popular sitcom available for you to watch, being stuck on the sofa has never been more enjoyable.

Grumpy dentist Ben (Robert Lindsay) finds that life with his sparky wife Susan (ZoŽ) and their three demanding kids (as well as an inquisitive grandchild and a couple of pretty peculiar lodgers) is rather too much like pulling teeth...

If you fancy a My Family marathon, youíll be pleased to know that you can order the complete DVD boxset. In addition, many episodes can be streamed via services such as Google Play, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.

Love Hurts (1992-4)

This engaging, emotive series made ZoŽ a household name and is certain to bring back fond memories for plenty of her fans.

While the mobile phones and shoulder pads have (thankfully!) gotten smaller since the 90s, the relationship between ZoŽís charity director Tessa Piggott and flash entrepreneur Frank Carver (Adam Faith) still rings true.

The show is immeasurably enhanced by the fantastic chemistry between the two leads. As Faith wrote in his autobiography, ĎGuy Slater, the producer of Love Hurts, put ZoŽ and me together for a lunch and after about two and a half seconds we were firm friends.í

Tessa and Frankís witty repartee is a delight to watch over the course of three series, while the storylines Ė encompassing family drama, money troubles, marriage and parenthood Ė tug at the heartstrings.

Every episode is included on the DVD boxset. Whatís more, the show is available to stream via Amazon Prime Video.

Updated 15 April: Good to see the Love Hurts DVD boxset is part of Network's 2 for 1 boxset sale :-)

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