Tea With Twiggy / #004 - Lynda LaPlante

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Lynda LaPlante joins Twiggy today for a cup of Tea! Lynda was born in Liverpool in 1943, a middle child with an older brother and younger sister. Her father was devoted to the golf course and her mother was buried in a Liverpool shirt — she wouldn’t watch anything of her daughter’s on television if it clashed with the football. When Prime Suspect was on its third series, she asked her daughter: “Did you write that?” Born and brought up in Liverpool, Lynda trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After finishing her studies, and using the stage name Lynda Marchal, she appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in a variety of productions, as well as securing roles in popular television series, such as Z-Cars, The Sweeney, The Professionals and Bergerac. Her breakthrough as a writer came in 1983 when she created the six-part robbery series Widows for Thames Television. This was followed by a debut novel, The Legacy, published in 1987, which received both critical and best-seller success. Her second, third and fourth novels - The Talisman (1987), Bella Mafia (1990) and Entwined (1993) - also became best sellers. In 1990, Lynda wrote her most successful television series, Prime Suspect, which starred Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison. The series aired in the UK as well as on PBS in the USA (as part of the anthology program Mystery!), and won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Lynda also wrote the TV series The Governor (ITV 1995-1996), Killer Net (Channel 4, 1998), Trial & Retribution (ITV 1997), Mind Games (ITV 2001) and The Commander (ITV), all of 2 which scored significant viewer figures. During this period, she also released the Cold series of books: Cold Shoulder, Cold Blood and Cold Heart, followed by Sleeping Cruelty (2000) - adding to her list of best sellers. Lynda was awarded a CBE in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity, and in 2009 she was inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. In April 2013, Lynda was awarded an honorary fellowship by the Forensic Science Society. The music for the podcast is Twiggy's version of "Waterloo Sunset" by the Kinks and can be found on Apple Music at this link https://music.apple.com/gb/album/romantically-yours/693460953 If you’ve enjoyed listening to “Tea With Twiggy” please give take a moment to give us a lovely 5 STAR rating on Apple Podcasts. It really helps other people to find the show.If you haven’t done so already please subscribe to this podcast so you auto-magically get the next episodes for free and do tell all your friends and family about it too. If you want to connect with me I’d love to hear from you. You can find me on Twitter @Twiggy Or you can find me on Instagram @Twiggy Lawson My thanks go to all the people that have helped this podcast happen: ● Many thanks to James Carrol and all the team at Northbank Talent Management ● Thanks to all the team at Stripped Media including Ben Williams, who edits the show, my producer Kobi Omenaka and Executive Producers Tom Whalley and Dave Corkery If you want to know more about this podcast and other produced by Stripped Media please visit www.Stripped.media to find out!  

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