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You can't get bigger names than the cast of BBC Two's brand new one-off drama, Together.
The film stars Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy as a warring couple living through the pandemic. Sharon plays She, a charity worker, while James is He, a successful self-employed consultant who has been forced to furlough his staff and take up growing vegetables.
They're also parents to 10-year-old Arty – the only reason they remain together. Here, the leading lady and man, Sharon, 50, and James, 42, tell us everything we need to know…
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Can you sum up Together in one sentence?
It is a hilarious, heartfelt, entertaining and unconsciously funny exploration of a relationship and a couple facing real tragedy across a year we have all lived through.
What was lockdown like for you?
For most of the pandemic, I didn’t really want to leave home. I wanted to be around the family, stay safe and be close if anything went wrong for anybody else in the family or my group. I was also keen to do something and when I heard that Sharon was involved in this, with Stephen Daldry directing, it was a no-brainer.
What's the character He like?
He’s a working-class guy who has done well for himself and made a bit of money. He loves his son very much, but there isn’t much love and companionship with She. There’s certainly no hanky-panky.
What’s different or unique about this film?
We talk to the audience and I love that. We don’t do it all the time, but it’s one of my favourite things to do and actors don’t get the chance to do that very often in film or television.
With such a small cast, there must have been a lot of lines to learn…
The monologues were tricky to learn, but they were easier than the dialogue. That was hard because we’re finishing each other’s sentences all the time. We’re talking over each other and they’re two people who don’t really listen to each other.
What can you tell us about Together?
It’s about two people, who can’t stand the sight of each other, being stuck together during lockdown, and we go on a mad journey with them. The film takes place across a year from the beginning of the first lockdown.
What did you think of the script when you first read it?
I found it so incredibly romantic, and clearly the writer, Dennis Kelly, articulates something that is really difficult to articulate. There’s just such a sense of deep romance to it – something so sweet underneath that brittle heart.
Why did you want the role of She?
I had this sort of sense that I would feel really upset if anyone else did it. I genuinely didn’t have the time to do it, but I forgot all about scheduling issues and got a few people on board to help me make the decision. I felt like I just couldn’t say no.
What was different about making this film?
We rehearsed it like a play and that’s not something you usually get to do with television. We sat down in Stephen’s kitchen and thought, “Oh my God, this is going to be a ride and it’s going to be an education and it’s going to blow our minds.”
How does the film mark the passing of time?
James and I both had to have hair extensions in the middle of it!
Together airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two
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