Ben Miller is less likely to be a squirrel gathering nuts for Winter than he is currently staring in a contest. He will also make a special guest appearance in season 10 of the show!
For the last time for the series, Ben Miller reprises the role of Stewart James. In 2004, the Portwenn park ranger was a recluse who believed he lived with a six-foot-tall squirrel called Anthony. In 2005, the Doc required Stewart''s wilderness expertise, but he was mistaken.
Stewart is back in his tracks, and hes put Joe Penhale (John Marquez) and Al Large (Joe Absolom) together to experiment his next weekend survival course. Ist he also away with the squirrels?
What to Watch caught up with Ben to learn more.
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"Ive played Stewart twice before [in 2004 and 2005] and I really enjoy him. Weve seen him at various stages of his career, including when he was a ranger living out on Bodmin Moor and hallucinating a giant squirrel! Every time you get back into the show, you think hes okay, but then hell suddenly lose it."
"In this episode, hes got a new boss who wants him to take punters into the wilderness to do a survival course." He mis-sells it to Al as a version of glamping with gourmet cooking and luxury tents, but it definitely isn''t that. They''re out in the woods foraging and sleeping in shelters they''ve made themselves."
"Yes, we were in the woods for several nights right during Summer. It was quite an intense thing to film, miles and miles from anywhere. I have never done a survival course, nor do I intend to! The closest I''ve ever encountered was glamping at Carfest, where you''re in a nice bed and duvet!"
"You have all the fun and none of the responsibility!" BM says, "There are a lot of dogs on there, and I love having dogs on the set! When you turn up and suddenly there is a dog licking your knees, that''s just fantastic. It relaxes everybody!"
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"Even surviving in a heatwave at night in a forest while being shredded by mosquitoes and deer ticks was more comfortable than being in the Caribbean in summer in a wool suit," says BM. That said, the character Richard Poole, who plays him in the film, is still absent, and I think he will always watch him.
"Ive no complaints whatsoever," says the filmmaker. He is an ivory tower guy and it turns out that the reason people dislike leaving ivory towers is because they are very comfortable! Im thrilled with the back, the Professor is a warren of possibility. This year he meets with a therapist performed by Juliet Stevenson.
"I know, it''s fantastic, like all of the buses."
"Ive just finished filming for Sky Movies, which will be out this Christmas! Two books have been released. I write magical family stories for seven to 11-year-olds. "The Night We Got Stuck in a Story," says Harrison and Lana, who are discovered by a hollow tree at the bottom of their grandparents garden in the bedtime tales their Nana reads. "Secrets of a Christmas Elf" is the diary of her Christmas daughter.
"Yes, the squirrels are back at a new height! They adopt a slightly different form, but the theme continues and forms new territory.
"One thing we all love about the eccentric characters is that it''s the ultimate fish-out-of-water comedy. I''m going to really miss it, but it''s a good idea to go out on a high."
Watch Ben Miller''s guest appearance on ITV on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 9pm.