Television YOUR ESSENTIAL TV & SATELLITE GUIDE FOR THE WEEK AHEAD; Samantha Bond's peroxide look may have scared her son, but it got her a new role, says TIM RANDALL.
Byline: Tim Randall
NATIONAL CRIME SQUAD The National Crime Squad (NCS) was a British police organisation which dealt mainly with organised crime and major crimes. Formed in April 1998 after the amalgamation of six former Regional Crime Squads it merged on 1 April 2006 into the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
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Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. 1, Monday, Tuesday, 9.00pm
ACTRESS Samantha Bond went peroxide blonde Noun 1. peroxide blonde - a blond whose hair is bleached with peroxide
blond, blonde - a person with fair skin and hair for her new TV role as a no-nonsense cop, but her new look didn't go down too well at home.
"I walked through the door and my eight-year-old son Tom took one look at me and burst into tears," says Samantha.
"It was just the shock of not recognising his mother. I burst into tears, too. It was awful. He thought I was going to be different because my hair looked so different, so I had to go upstairs and put a lot of make up on and say: 'It's all right, it is mummy.'
"Thankfully he's used to it now and so am I. I'm quite enjoying it actually. I have to say when they asked me if I'd go blonde I got terribly excited because I'd never dyed my hair before and it's been interesting how people treat you. You do get more attention."
The blonde bombshell look is in aid of her role as DS Maureen Picasso in the chilling new BBC1 police thriller NCS (Network Call Signaling) CableLabs version of MGCP. See MGCP/MEGACO.
NCS - Network Computing System: Apollo's RPC system used by DEC and Hewlett-Packard.The protocol has been adopted by OSF. : Manhunt man·hunt
An organized, extensive search for a person, usually a fugitive criminal.
an organized search, usually by police, for a wanted man or fugitive
Noun 1. , in which she co-stars with David Suchet David Suchet OBE (born May 2, 1946) is an English actor best known for his television portrayal of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot in the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot. (Poirot) and Melanie Hill
Melanie Hill (born January 11 1962) is an English actress.
She played Aveline in the last two series' of Carla Lane's Bread. (Playing The Field).
The NCS are Britain's answer to the FBI. Tough, uncompromising coppers at the top of their profession who only tackle the most difficult crimes.
"This is different to anything I've ever done," says Samantha, 38. "My character is strong, spiky and you wouldn't want to mess with mess with
Informal, chiefly US to interfere in, or become involved with, a dangerous person, thing, or situation: he had started messing with drugs her. She's very fiery inside, but on the surface she's as cool as a glacier. I tend to play women who wear their emotions very much on their sleeves, so the idea of playing someone who contains them for a change was very attractive."
In this two-parter the squad investigate the kidnapping of a police inspector's mother by a convicted murderer. The nutter is obviously out for revenge and it's up to the NCS to stop him killing again. It's gripping stuff and there is already talk of the thriller going to a series later in the year.
While Samantha has worked to critical acclaim in film, TV and theatre, she is best known for her role as prim Miss Moneypenny This article is about the fictional Bond character. For the British telephone answering service, see Moneypenny (answering service).
Jane Moneypenny, better known as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films. A part that has to be one of the most high profile cameos in film history.
"When I first took it on I didn't know what was going to happen as it's a real double edged sword and it really did stop my predecessor Lois Maxwell's career in its tracks," says Samantha, who is also starring in ITV (1) See interactive TV.
(2) (iTV) The code name for Apple's video media hub (see Apple TV). drama The Hunt, as the wife of a serial adulterer a·dul·ter·er
One who commits adultery.
adulterer or fem adulteress
a person who has committed adultery
Noun 1. .
"You are taking on this huge mantle of responsibility and she is much, much bigger than you will ever be - as is Bond, M and Q.
"I did worry about a backlash but it hasn't happened and it's just a joyful thing I do for a few days every couple of years. For Goldeneye goldeneye
Either of two species of small, yellow-eyed diving ducks that produce a whistling sound with their rapidly beating wings. The common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) breeds throughout the Northern Hemisphere; Barrow's goldeneye (B. I was practically done by 11am on the first day.
"Even so, it's what I'm best known for in the school playground, which is a great advantage. Officially my children's school friends are all too young to watch the new Bond films, but it's amazing how well I go down with year six. My two have seen two of the Bonds, but not Tomorrow Never Dies because it's too violent.
"What I like about Moneypenny is that she's the one woman Bond can never have. There's a sexual tension between them which comes across on the screen. When you're working opposite Pierce Brosnan sexual chemistry isn't that difficult to play."
Although she likes to keep busy, the mum of two (her daughter Molly is nine) admits that being such an in demand actress can impair family life.
She says: "I've had quite a frenetic year so I think that has been hard for the children, but I don't do "I Don't Do" was the debut single by glamour model Michelle Marsh, released on 6 November 2006. The single reached 27 in the UK in its first week, selling only 9,000 copies and over 16,000 copies as of January 2007. The single spend a total of four weeks in the Top 75. being guilty about my job.
"Their mother is definitely a much happier person for going to work."
FILM of the week
DEATH BECOMES HER
Friday, BBC1, 12.05amBLACK comedy with Meryl Streep Noun 1. Meryl Streep - United States film actress (born in 1949)
Streep and Goldie Hawn battling against Mother Nature.
Streep plays Madeline Ashton and Hawn is Helen Sharp - two vain women who hate each other, but happen to both love the same guy, Madeline's mild-mannered husband Dr Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis).
Both women rely on Ernest for plastic surgery for their continued good looks, but Madeline takes her search for eternal youth one step further - gulping down an age-defying potion po·tion
A liquid medicinal dose or drink.
a large dose of liquid medicine. from Lisle Von Rhoman (Isabella Rossellini).
SOAP of the week
BBC1, Monday, 8.00pm; Tuesday, Thursday, 7.30pmTHE police reckon Steve (Martin Kemp) shot Phil (Steve McFadden), and haul him and Mel (Tamzin Outhwaite) in for questioning.
He points the finger at Dan (Craig Fairbrass), but Mel cocks it up for her husband by lying.
Then Charlie (Derek Martin) remembers Steve got out of the taxi on the way to the hotel on the wedding night. Where did he go?
Phil finds it all very amusing from his hospital bed, and when he admits to Jamie (Jack Ryder) he knows all about Dan's goings-on, the plot thickens.
BAD GIRLS Tuesday, ITV, 9.00pm
DRAMAof the week
Prisoners out for revenge
AWARD winning ITV drama Bad Girls is back for its third series and it's better than ever.
It's only the second episode, but the action is already intense.
This week the fall-out from Shell's (Debra Stephenson) attack on Jim Fenner (Jack Ellis) continues.
A crazed Shell is dragged off to the psychiatric ward - or the notorious 'muppet wing', as it's dubbed by the inmates.
There she encounters old adversary, mad Tessa Spall (Helen Schlesinger), who is as unhinged as ever.
But when Tessa takes a worrying shine to Shell, officer Sylvia Hollamby (Helen Fraser) makes sure that Shell is set for a beating from a much more formidable character - the even more unhinged Podger Pam (Wendi Peters).
Meanwhile, Jim's life hangs in the balance in the intensive care unit, and his wife Marilyn (Kim Taylforth) keeps vigil by his bedside.
But he also receives a visit from his on-off lover, Governor Karen Betts (Claire King). He's causing trouble even in a coma, it seems.