P135 Teletext 135 Dec11 23:17:19    ——————————————————————————————————————— FINGER OF SUSPICION FALLS ON THEAKSTON The wait is finally over for the many Agatha Christie fans out there as ITV1's long-awaited Marple, starring Geraldine McEwan, finally rolls. Kicking off the quartet of glossy episodes is The Body In The Library on Sunday night. Among the glittering cast is former youth TV star Jamie Theakston. He talks to TV Plus about the fear that gripped him being part of such a classy production. ——————————————————————————————————1/8—— by Jonathan Donald GET A BRAND NEW SEAT IBIZA FOR PENNIES? SEE p684 Review X Factor TV Guide Bamboozle
P135 Teletext 135 Dec11 23:17:47    ——————————————————————————————————————— FINGER OF SUSPICION FALLS ON THEAKSTON "It was completely nerve-racking," is how lanky Jamie Theakston, 33, describes his first day on Marple. Fittingly attired in a Jermyn Street- crafted shirt, slacks and brogues, he continues: "The first scene we shot had Geraldine McEwan, Ian Richardson and other hugely talented actors. "They had also shut off a part of Eastbourne so we didn't have any people or rogue cars passing through. I don't think I've ever felt so nervous." ——————————————————————————————————2/8—— Win Sleepover goodie bags 387 C4 GET YOUR CELEBRITY GOSSIP & PICS DAILY SEE p617 Review X Factor TV Guide Bamboozle
P135 Teletext 135 Dec11 23:18:13    ——————————————————————————————————————— FINGER OF SUSPICION FALLS ON THEAKSTON Body In The Library sees Jamie Theakston play a troubled toff. Mark Gaskell is a cash-strapped, plummy former Spitfire pilot who's part of a family left devastated after a bomb hits their house during the war. The survivors, including himself, come under suspicion when the body of a young woman is found in the library of Gossington Hall. She had become close to his father-in-law while holidaying in Eastbourne. ——————————————————————————————————3/8—— Your favourite Channel 4 shows 400 TOTALLY SHOWBIZ p140 ITV1/300 C4 Review X Factor TV Guide Bamboozle
P135 Teletext 135 Dec11 23:18:21    ——————————————————————————————————————— FINGER OF SUSPICION FALLS ON THEAKSTON Assuming the role of a stiff-upper- lipped former RAF man, troubled by uarious demons in Marple, came fairly easily to Jamie Theakston. He mugged up on the history of the period. "You get an understanding of what he's been through. The costumes helped too, although at times it's a bit like being in a Boy's Own comic. "Mark has got to the point where he doesn't know what life has to offer him any more. He's resigned to his fate." ——————————————————————————————————4/8—— The Phantom Of The Opera 312 C4 TOTALLY SHOWBIZ p140 ITV1/300 C4 Review X Factor TV Guide Bamboozle
P135 Teletext 135 Dec11 23:16:51    ——————————————————————————————————————— FINGER OF SUSPICION FALLS ON THEAKSTON Jamie Theakston admits to long being an Agatha Christie fan and hopes other devotees will approve of Marple. "I'm very excited about the way the story has been updated," he says. "It is controversial but I think it will excite Christie fans." Viewers will find an unexpected twist at the end of Body In The Library. Marple (Geraldine McEwan) has also become a woman with a passionate past rather than the usual spinster. ——————————————————————————————————5/8—— Cool Christmas drinks 342 C4 TOTALLY SHOWBIZ p140 ITV1/300 C4 Review X Factor TV Guide Bamboozle
P135 Teletext 135 Dec11 23:16:13    ——————————————————————————————————————— FINGER OF SUSPICION FALLS ON THEAKSTON Jamie Theakston's career now straddles both acting and TV presenting. After scaling the heights in youth TV from Live And Kicking on BBC1 to The Priory on Channel 4, in recent years the 6ft 4in star has been trying to establish himself as a serious actor. He's combined stage work with TV roles including Murder In Mind, the woeful sitcom Mad About Alice and now Marple. He also recently hosted the UK Hall Of Fame on Channel 4. ——————————————————————————————————6/8—— Natasha Bedingfield interview 385 C4 TOTALLY SHOWBIZ p140 ITV1/300 C4 Review X Factor TV Guide Bamboozle
P135 Teletext 135 Dec11 23:16:31    ——————————————————————————————————————— FINGER OF SUSPICION FALLS ON THEAKSTON Presenting or acting - which would Jamie Theakston rather do? "I find presenting easier and the acting far more challenging," says the star, who as a child attended the National Youth Theatre. "I think for that reason alone, if I had to choose, it would be acting. It's been interesting because people seem far more prepared to accept me as an actor. Presenting jobs have actually been few and far between." ——————————————————————————————————7/8—— Get a letter from Santa 370 C4 TOTALLY SHOWBIZ p140 ITV1/300 C4 Review X Factor TV Guide Bamboozle
P135 Teletext 135 Dec11 23:17:03    ——————————————————————————————————————— FINGER OF SUSPICION FALLS ON THEAKSTON Jamie Theakston's career so far has been a story of survival. Having scaled the heights in youth TV he could have crashed and burned, but he's now making it as a serious actor. There's also been the tabloid-hounding over that visit to a brothel and his succession of glamorous girlfriends. So what next for Theakston, now dating supermodel Erin O'Connor? "I'd love to do Shakespeare," he declares. Theako does Hamlet? Could be a tall order. ——————————————————————————————————8/8—— Marple, ITV1, Sunday, 9pm TOTALLY SHOWBIZ p140 ITV1/300 C4 Review X Factor TV Guide Bamboozle