The British Sitcom Guide


Julia Davis Interview

Julia Davis as Jill in Series 2

Was it hard to go back and write 2nd series after the success of series 1?
Yes, I felt a lot of pressure about the 2nd series. And I obviously donít know myself, anymore than I knew about the first one, how its going to be received.

And in terms of the content, was it difficult to decide what to do with the characters?
I had to be quite Dallas-y bringing people back who were technically dead and going more on what characters were fun and interesting, and therefore slightly disregarding the ending in order to bring back some characters.

Do you think there are any changes to the tone of the second series?
I think that the tone has changed a bit, maybe a bit more cartoonish.

Is it more physical?
I think the whole nature of the fact that its spread out so much because of the location and moving to Corwall and not this suburban smallness anymore, Iím not sure what that means.

Could you give a brief synopsis of what happens in the new series?
Jill gets Glen framed for everything as usual, then marries him, she goes then in pursuit of Cath and Don whoíve started a new life. Cath is blossoming a bit before Jill gets in there and slowly destroys her again. Thereís a bit about pregnancy in this one but I donít want to give away too much, and its still about her pursuing don Ė thatís the key thing and Jill digs herself into a hole by the end of it all and there is no where way out for her...

Do you think we see any changes in Jill or is she very much the same?
I think she is still the same but there is a tiny bit where you actually feel sorry for her. Which I think itís the only time Iíve ever watched it and thought oh my god I actually feel sorry for her. Itís basically where she thinks sheís found Don and then she sees heís got a girlfriend. Because in a way you still do root for her thinking that you want her to win even though sheís bad.

What do you enjoy the most? The writing process, the acting or the editing?
I enjoy bits of all of it and hate bits of it all. I enjoyed having some new characters and watching the other actors, performing the scenes and actually not being it for a while. The editingís always strange, because itís a mixture of thinking oh itís awful and then finding some miracle way of putting it together. Itís always precarious which scenes are going to work and which donít.

Do you think the 2nd series is going to shock people as much?
I donít think it is but then I donít think I have any perspective on it.

What comedies do you enjoying watching yourself?
At the moment what makes me laugh is " Extras ", " The Mighty Boosh ", "Curb Your Enthusiasm". Old shows like " Fawlty Towers ", "Monty Python", "French and Saunders" too.

© 2003 - 2006 British Sitcom Guide. No reproduction without permission.
Correct or add to this page .    With thanks to the BBC.