Neil Morrissey and Sarah Alexander have revealed they feel at home on the set of their new TV show because it’s filmed in the same place they both launched their careers.
The actors are making their comedy series Me And Mrs Jones at Teddington Studios in south-west London, where Neil used to shoot Men Behaving Badly and Sarah took on her best-known role, in the 30-something comedy Coupling.
“The paint on the corridors is peeling off a bit and I think it’s a strawberry-smelling paint beneath that took me back. It was really nostalgic,” said Sarah, 41.
The stars both have images of their younger selves adorning the walls to remind them of comedies past.
“You walk around and there’s your photo from God knows how many years ago,” said 50-year-old Neil.
“Even walking across to the canteen and the small courtyard, it feels very familiar and you feel very at home.”
In Me And Mrs Jones, Sarah plays Gemma Jones and Neil plays her ex-husband Jason. Gemma is the mother of one grown-up son and young twin daughters, and she is struggling to juggle parenthood and a career when two male admirers, 20 years apart in age, arrive on the scene.
Despite the cast’s experience, Neil admitted there’s always an element of first-day nerves.
“It’s this really heightened reality and you’re trying to be honest to the script the whole time. Literally every comma you try and get,” he said.
Me And Mrs Jones, which also stars Nathaniel Parker and Robert Sheehan, continues on Friday nights on BBC One.