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Radio review: David Tennant does nice line in laid back conversation

Nuala McCann

David Tennant does a podcast with ... Olivia Colman and Jon Hamm

People who know him call him DT and she's Colly. There, that's the nicknames.

DT – alias Doctor Who to some – has a lovely burr of a Scottish accent and does laid back, chatty rather well.

Colly is his old friend from the television detective series Broadchurch and this was the first in a series of podcasts. It was released before Colly got her Oscar.

Picture her with her dog on her knee and stirring her tea with a biro. She aint no luvvie.

Did you know that she was a rally driver? Well, she has her rally licence and she says she's “quite handy” around a course. So when people try to help her reverse on set, it is a little annoying.

If you like your interviews laid back and easy, then this is the place to go.

Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame, settled in slowly to his chat with DT.

He was once a Monty Python freak and he also was once required to do a Scottish accent and was “not excoriated” for it.

His first role on stage was at five years old as Winnie the Pooh. But he grew up in a world of three TV channels when you played outside till the street lamps went on.

His mum was a single parent, who was diagnosed with colon cancer when he was nine years old.

She went from diagnosis to death in just three weeks.

“That was rough to watch. It's devastating and permanent,” he said.

He's a man who seems devoid of self pity.

As an actor, the bleakest he got was right before Mad Men. He had tested for seven pilots when Mad Men came around, he had eight auditions for Mad Men, they made the pilot and then it was another year before they went ahead.

Zoom, suddenly he was at the top of the sexiest-man-alive lists.

On stardom, he admits that yes, it was great to get to get to sit “at the big table”... but he's taking nothing for granted.

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