Interview with Pitching In actress Caroline Sheen: “I think anyone watching will find someone that they can connect with and find similarities with.”
Described as a feel good series by Nick Andrews (BBC Cymru Wales’ Head of Commissioning) – it tells the story of three generations of the same family. It originally aired on BBC One Wales in February, before hitting BBC One itself this month.
Speaking to Telly Binge, Caroline (who plays Carys) says the show is a family drama, “There’s a lot of light-hearted fun involved and some really great characters. It’s got real warmth and heart.”
“A widower is struggling to come to terms with life on his own, a daughter’s life is chaotic and a grandson who is in a totally new place.”
Pitching In is mainly based at Daffodil Dunes Holiday Park, in the village of Glan Mor. Carys unexpectedly shows up and suggests a revamp. “She is someone who has a real can do attitude. I like the fact that she’s a complicated character who’s made some mistakes in her life. She is impulsive and puts her foot in it a lot!”
“She has decided to help Dad bring the park in to the twenty-first century, with social media accounts, websites, themed weekends a bit of an overhaul of the park décor. She wants it to be a successful family run park.”
Written by Johanne McAndrew and Elliot Hope – Pitching In stars two Gavin and Stacey stars Larry Lamb and Melanie Walters. Also, featuring are Garry Robson, Hayley Mills and Ifan Huw Dafydd.
Sheen admits she was quite star struck, “Larry and Mel were absolutely great! The entire cast had such a wonderful six weeks filming together in a beautiful place.”
“We’ve all become such good mates. I think we have possibly the best WhatsApp group in history. Even though I haven’t seen some of them for months, they still make me laugh every day!”
“It was especially lovely to work with Craig Russell. We have been great friends since we were in the National Youth Theatre of Wales at 16.”
Welsh viewers suggested it lacked a genuine North Welsh connection, but Caroline says the show has had good viewing figures in Wales. “The show aims to connect with all viewers with a vast array of very diverse characters from Wales and beyond.”
“I think everyone watching will find someone in the show that they can connect with and find similarities with. I’m really proud of it.”
Recently the actress has been appearing in 9 to 5 as Violet - at Savoy Theatre, London. “I just finished in the show last night, I was drafted in to replace Louise Redknapp as she was injured.”
“It was incredibly rewarding and enjoyable. It’s a great show, hilariously funny with a ballsy trio of leading ladies taking charge of a sexist boss and their office. I think the highlight for me was doing the press night and meeting Dolly Party herself!”
The actress is now looking forward to family life and the school run. “The last few months have been incredibly hectic, so I’m planning a nice restful holiday with my family.”
“I have a few concerts lined up which are always fun things to do. You can’t beat singing with 40/50 piece orchestras!"