Those of us who watched the Facebook Live Chat with Maril and Toni heard the first (that I’m aware of) words of encouragement from the production team about the possibility of a Lord John Grey spinoff series. When asked about it, Maril said, and I quote:
“I don’t know, maybe… you know, it’s certainly something we’ve discussed. So, I don’t know, maybe, just watch this space, we’ll see.” (at around 17:10).
Is that really anything to get excited about? I think, yes.
It’s certainly a change from what Matt said in a 2016 interview…
The Hollywood Reporter : “Oddly enough, we always joke about spinoffs, whether it’s Lord John or Black Jack [Tobias Menzies] or this person or that person, because there is just so much material. Diana [Gabaldon] gives us so much in the books that you can probably make 10 series and the fans would watch it all. We haven’t really discussed it seriously if we could do that, but that would be something for Starz to order before we could start talking about it seriously….”
If we get a Lord John Grey series, that means we can look forward to getting more of big brother Hal, Lord Melton, as well, not to mention Minnie and the children. And that very interesting back story….
I had a conversation with Sam Hoare, who played Hal in Season 3, about his experience, working with David Berry, the prospect of a spinoff, who might play Minnie, directing Steven Cree, and a few other things. Our conversation took place almost exactly a year ago. While I would never say linear time is my specialty (because it’s not), I do trust my gut about universal timing. Sometimes when things keep getting in the way, it’s best to just let them.
In fact, I feel it’s the perfect time to release my interview with Sam Hoare, now, with the Lord John Grey spinoff (hopefully) transitioning from the idea stage to something more concrete.
I enjoyed my chat with Sam very much. The words that come to mind for me, for Sam, are: eloquent, dutiful, humble, witty, ENGLISH, generous, thoughtful, dignified, and a perfect blend of down-home and posh. Sounds like a Grey to me….
I’ll mention a couple of things here, that are referenced in the interview. Sam said in an earlier article that he has been somewhat typecast as a “posh idiot,” except for his role in Eastenders, which we talk about. Hal is definitely posh, but certainly no idiot, so I think those days are over!
Babysitting is a short film directed by Sam Hoare, in which his wife, Romola Garai plays.
And finally, for those of you without small children, Peppa refers to the wonderful British TV show Peppa Pig. My daughter watched it religiously, as do Sam and his kids. More on that in the video. I highly recommend it for kids and grandkids! Here is a shot of Daddy Pig, along with Mommy Pig, Peppa, and George.
Without further ado, please enjoy my chat with the delightful Sam Hoare…