Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Actors Never Want to Retire ... That Would Be like Dying; Jane Asher Has Spent More Than 60 Years in Showbusiness. the Actress, Novelist and Entrepreneur Talks to ROGER CROW about New CBBC Series Eve and Her Memories of Classic Movie Alfie, and Also Reflects on One of Her Favourite Projects

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Actors Never Want to Retire ... That Would Be like Dying; Jane Asher Has Spent More Than 60 Years in Showbusiness. the Actress, Novelist and Entrepreneur Talks to ROGER CROW about New CBBC Series Eve and Her Memories of Classic Movie Alfie, and Also Reflects on One of Her Favourite Projects

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Byline: ROGER CROW

Having starred in films, a soap and a sitcom, did you decide the time was now right to do a kids' drama like Eve? NO, wouldn't it be wonderful if actors were able to think like that? 'Oh, I think I'll do a Hollywood film now'. I love doing things for children; once you have children or grandchildren of your own, it is, of course, another reason to do it, because it's lovely to do something that pleases them.

Tell us about your character, scientist Mary Douglas SHE'S a very sensible, rational, scientifically-minded woman. She's obviously technically brilliant; it's not every day you create a robot that's accepted as a real living girl.

What is fascinating about the character - and I don't want to give too much away for viewers - is that although I deeply approve of Mary's view of the world, in as much as human beings have made such an incredible mess of the whole thing, the way she finally decides to go about (resolving it) actually becomes very sinister.

It was a huge inducement to play this part because she's not quite what she appears at the beginning.

Eve has a family appeal which could make it work well in the Dr Who slot OH that would do very nicely, and go on for however long Doctor Who has gone on for. Of course the children will grow up; that's the strange thing.

I guess Poppy (Lee Friar) can't really age being a robot, unless I can create a robot that changes with age.

As a former child actress did you offer advice to your young co-stars? IF I was ever asked for advice, I'd say 'Don't do it. Even though you're doing this one, be very, very careful'.

No, I wouldn't have the nerve to advise any actor, adult or child. Very sweetly a couple of them said they'd learned a lot from working with me.

I remember as a child of course watching the older actors and learning so much, probably without them realising; children are brilliant at copying.

When I was a child actor, I called all the adults 'Mr whatever' or 'Ms so and so', and maybe even 'sir'.

Now, of course, that has completely changed, and probably much for the better, and it's all much more casual and easy going. …

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