Graham   has   been   in   many   popular   television   programmes over    the    years;    from    Cadfael    to    Doctors    and    even EastEnders. As   a   youngster,   he   first   hit   the   television   screens   in   1981 starring   as   'Young   Pip'   in   the   BBC   mini   series   version   of Great   Expectations.   It   wasn't   until   2003   however   that   he checked into Crossroads as Jimmy Samson. Can you tell us a little bit about how you got the role as Jimmy Samson in Crossroads 2003? My   first   casting   for   Crossroads   was   for   the   part   of   Ryan;   then   a   few   weeks   later   I   was   called   up   to   cast   for   Jimmy.   I   was   told   I   had   the   part   the   same   day and within a week I was in Nottingham filming the first episodes. Did you enjoy your time on Crossroads? I   enjoyed   working   on   Crossroads   very   much.   It   was   fairly   intensive,   but   I   love   being   an   actor   and   it's   not   very   often   you   have   the   chance   to   get   up   every day and do what you enjoy the most. What stunt work was involved on the night your character nearly took his life on the bridge? I   really   enjoyed   getting   involved   in   the   stunt   work   during   the   scenes   when   my   character   nearly   took   his   life   on   the   bridge. A   stunt   double   was   available, but I ended up doing all the work myself. It   was   a   bit   scary   the   first   time   I   "jumped"   because,   despite   having   a   harness   to   break   my   fall   a   couple   of   feet   down,   it   goes   against   your   instincts   to   leap off   a   bridge   at   night   into   a   cold,   swirling   river   below.   What   no-one   realises   is   that   one   of   the   camera   crew   was   also   dangling   precariously   on   a   girder   on top of the bridge in order to get one particular shot - it wasn't just me doing all the dangerous work. Who within the cast did you get on well with and are you still in contact with anyone? I   can't   think   of   anyone   I   didn't   get   on   with   within   the   cast.   We   worked   hard   together   and   had   some   good   times.   I'm   still   in   contact   with   Luke   (Roberts) who   played   my   brother   Ryan;   Freema   (Aygeman)   who   I'm   delighted   to   see   in   the   new   series   of   Doctor   Who   -   she's   such   a   lovely   girl   -   and   Shauna   (Shim) too; I wouldn't say I'm in contact with many but occasionally hear from quite a few of the company, and some crew, too. This industry really is a small world and you always end up meeting or working with the same people again before too long. Did the 2001 cast and 2003 cast mix well together? The   cast   members   who   had   worked   on   the   previous   version   of   Crossroads   were   great,   and   really   helpful.   I   was   never   aware   of   any   distinction   between 2001/2003 casts - we were all there together to get the job done. What was it like to be within the family that run the hotel and central to the storylines? It   was   exciting   to   be   a   member   of   the   Samson   family   that   was   central   to   Crossroads.   I   really   cannot   reiterate   enough   how   much   I   love   to   be   working   as an actor so it was fabulous to be "in the thick of it". What was your favourite storyline from your time at Crossroads? Mmmm, difficult one.. I enjoyed the stuff that went on between Jimmy and Belle. It was great to work with Jessica Fox on those storylines. What was the general feeling when the axe fell and the show was cancelled? The   general   feeling   when   the   show   was   axed   was   of   great   disappointment.   It   wasn't   just   the   Crossroads   cast   and   crew   that   would   lose   their   jobs   -   the future of Lenton Lane studios and all those who worked there in Nottingham depended on the show, too. It   was   an   inevitable   economical   decision   that   came   about   because   of   the   changing   structure   of   Carlton   and   Granada   as   a   company,   and   anyone   with   a business   perspective   can   see   that.   However,   there   was   something   special   about   Crossroads   and   nothing   can   take   away   the   sadness   felt   as   a   result   of   its demise. What did you think about the "dream" ending and how did it feel for Jimmy to become to "cool" character compared to Ryan? The   "dream   ending"   was   an   hilarious   way   to   end   the   shooting   -   everything   turned   on   its   head!   It   would   have   been   impossible   to   conclude   the   various storylines   and   plots   so   abruptly   -   everything   was   in   mid-flow   -   so   I   guess   it   was   one   way   for Yvon   Grace   to   wrap   everything   up   appropriately,   perhaps   with a little tongue in cheek. And finally what are you up to at the moment? I'm busy with lots of small projects and working hard to win the next big one!
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