Category Archives: Celebrity

BROKEN is getting closer…

An interview with Anna Friel in the Sunday supplements said the new Jimmy McGovern series, BROKEN, is coming to BBC 1 soon. 

 I was delighted to see this tweet this afternoon that it’s already winning awards. 

Anna Friel wins award for role in Broken
I’m in 4 episodes, not a huge role, but I play Sean Bean’s brother, so it’s a great part. 

I’ll let you know more as details are released. 

Wishing you all the very best!!!!

And so we wind down to Christmas and the final days of 2016. All the presents are bought and wrapped, the festive food and drink is in… time now to have some fun, feasting and family time.

I finished the year with a most wonderful job, a new drama series for BBC, written by Jimmy McGovern and starring Sean Bean. I play one of his brothers, along with amazing actors Steve Garti and Paul Copley.

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Bex and Sean Bean at the wrap party
Me working in Hollywood with Sean Bean…. along with Paul Copley and Steve Garti
Sean Bean with art by my mate Tommy Teabag
Dave McClelland, Steve Garti & Paul Copley

So, that’s something to look forward to in 2017!

Also expect new songs and live gigs by The Yorkshire Teabaggers! And check out the digital download of our EP!

Right, that’s it, let the festivities begin! Have a wonderful Christmas, and I wish you the very best for 2017! Be kind to each other – and to yourself.

Why don’t you give your love for Christmas?

D x

Past…. Just call me Mr P Fritter!

Greetings of the season to you all!

My apologies for being a bad blogger of late, I haven’t updated in ages, and now, like buses, three will come at once, so keep your eyes peeled and stick your hand out if you want me to stop. Correct change please!

In the spirit of A Christmas Carol, I will break these down into Past, Present and Future. This, as the title suggests, is a post about the past…

As you will know, I had a brief appearance on Coronation St in October – for those who missed it, here it is again….

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That’s me on the telly!

Always nice to have a bit on the telly and funny the reactions you get afterwards.

I have the best Fish & Chips shop in Sheffield just down the road from me, Trafalgar Fisheries….

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Trafalgar Fisheries. Tell them Mr P Fritter sent you!!!!

I love the staff in there, all very friendly, and they serve all the fish and chip shop fare – with the exception of Pea Fritters. Pea What??? you ask? Pea Fritters – Mushy peas rolled into a ball, fried in batter….. Bex introduced me to Pea Fritters – as a vegetarian, fish isn’t an option for her. I asked if they had them the first time I went in and I tease them constantly in the hope they will start cooking them.

So, shortly after my Corrie appearance I went in and the lovely woman behind the counter was very excited to have seen me on her telly, she was doing her hair and her mum shouted “The Pea Fritter man is on!!!!”

You can call me Mr P Fritter any time, just don’t call me late for dinner!

Whilst looking at the past, I would also like to share this photo of my Dad, taken as a publicity shot when he was a furniture store manager.

As Christmas comes around again and we miss him being with us, this reminds us all what a lovely handsome chap he was. And a Father I can only aspire to be. He’ll never be forgotten x

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Aren’t you Dave McClelland? and a return to Corrie….

I had an odd (for me) experience today…. delivering something to a stranger’s house, miles from home and to no-one I knew.

Knocked at the door and heard a youngster tell someone older to go to the door.

A nice teenage lad opened the door and I told him why I was there, making a delivery… and he said “I think I know you from somewhere…

Okay, so what may he have seen? I start mentally reviewing my career….. Emmerdale, Corrie , an episode of Law & Order: UK that always seems to be on the box… various other telly, some cult sci-fi (Lexx; The Dark Zone). I’ve had a lead in The Zombie King (renamed King Of The Dead for upcoming UK release, 26/10/2015) and nice parts in other films. I’ve done various theatre, but surely nothing recent or local this lad would have seen?

Aren’t you Dave McClelland?” he continues….

Bloody hell! Why yes I am, how did you know that? (expecting something from the above list or that I’d gone to school with his parents)….

Turns out he, his parents and friends watch my YouTube videos! He particularly mentioned the Henderson’s Relish mockumentary I made, What The Heck,” Episode 2 – Henderson’s Relish.

I was amazed and delighted that I was recognised for something that was all my own work…. You shout out in the wilderness and never know who will hear you… Thank you young man, you made my day!

Here’s the video that made me memorable…. to one person at least….

And some more news……

I was also able to tell this bright lad with superb taste that I am off to shoot an episode of Coronation St next week.

I cannot tell you more or I’d have to kill you 🙂 It will air in October.

Until next time dear reader, be kind and smile!

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P.S.  I’d also like to add that there is a superb REAL documentary about Henderson’s Relish, aptly named RELISH. Saw it at the Sheffield DocFest, well worth seeing if you have the chance!

Dire Summer Telly… Let’s BBQ a flock of sheep…..

Summer TV viewing can be pretty poor at the best of times, but promo ads for 2015 summer ‘entertainment’ aren’t making me want to sit inside watching the telly….. (other than the ‘Summer Fate’ promo for  Emmerdale, but that’s another story..)

Flockstars – celebrities teamed up with a trained sheepdog to “compete in a series of sheepdog trials testing skill, technique and discipline in a bid to win the coveted Flockstars’ shield.” Coveted????? COVETED?????

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The Flockstars Photo from ITV.com

I admit to watching One Man and his Dog when I was a nipper, but this show leaves me uninspired. I expect they will have to introduce killing and cooking whatever the dogs round-up to keep viewers.

Which brings us neatly to B.B.Q. Champ – “A team of ten contenders from across the country will compete against each other to become the first BBQ Champ and while Myleene Klass hosts the series, Man vs Food star Adam Richman will judge, alongside British chef and restaurateur Mark Blatchford. ”

BBQ Champ hosts. Photo ITV.com
BBQ Champ hosts. Photo ITV.com

I love a BBQ myself… my ancient gas grill rusts happily in the garden awaiting it’s next outing, if the rain ever stops. But watching other people BBQ without the smells, camaraderie and a cold beer? Not for me I’m afraid. Perhaps it’s all a plan to make us turn off the TV and go outdoors.

I imagine this show will resort to Mylene Klass bikini shots like I’m a Celebrity to keep viewers interested.

Or here’s an idea….. maybe they’ll combine the shows and have bikini-clad celebs with sheepdogs catching food, which then they BBQ for Adam Richman to gorge on until he explodes.

Adam Richman eats Myleene Klass….

Now that’s worth watching! Crack open a beer and fire up the barby!