Trollied is back with a brand new series on Sky One at 9.00 pm on Monday 7 November and with Sky’s kind permission, I have had the great pleasure of interviewing a number of the cast members. So, without further ado, here’s Faye McKeever who plays Linda…
Thank you so much for talking to me, Faye, you’ve been in the show from the start, what’s it like to be part of it?
It’s like a big family, Helen, it’s a joy to go back to. You get the scripts you turn up and really enjoy the six or seven weeks working in Bristol and it’s always in Bristol so we know it inside out.
You work closely with Lorraine Cheshire who plays Sue, how do you two get along?
We get on so well, even when we’re supposed to be scrapping on screen, we always end up laughing, we still find something to laugh at. I think people can relate to that though, you’re in work and trying to take it seriously and then in this case, a customer comes in and asks for something that’s so funny that you can’t keep a straight face!
What can we expect from Linda in series six?
Sue and Linda have a bust up and that’s been coming since series one! We’ve always had a bit of a scrap but never a full blown one. It was quite fun to do because Sue and Linda hated each other! As always, Neville (Dominic Coleman) is in the middle of it all and Linda sides with her best friend Sue at the end of it.
What do you think of the relationship between Neville and Linda?
Dominic is so funny to work with, how I can keep a straight face I don’t know! From when the series first started Linda was looking for love and unlucky in love, she was looking for a man, any man and nothing was happening. Around series three I had just broken up with my partner in real life and a good six to twelve months afterwards I said to the writer I wanted a hunk written in for Linda. I said it’s about time that Linda found someone and he said they’d see what they could do. About four weeks later I got the script and I’m snogging Dom at the Christmas party! I thought, I don’t think you quite got the message! Dom is such a lovely man and the difference between Neville and Linda just works. I wasn’t sure whether the viewers would buy it or not, but they seem to get that she just wants a man to look after her. She does love Dom, though and they do write well for us both on the show.
When you first read the script and you were at the casting for the show, what did you think of it?
I thought the scripts were so funny and everyone has been to the supermarket so everyone can relate to it, we’ve all had holes in the plastic bag that we’ve put the oranges in. The character of Linda was supposed to be the same age as Sue to start with, but I’d worked with Lorraine before on a show called Massive and the casting director decided to put us together. When we tried some scenes together, I think that because we knew each other already we were able to bring it to life.
Finally, what would you say to encourage viewers to watch series six?
We’ve got some lovely new characters, we’ve got Rufus Hound coming in as well as Georgia May Foote and it’s half an hour of good fun and comedy!
I’d like to thank Faye for her time and I can’t wait to see what the new series has in store for Linda!