I like Phil's engaging interview style (I still recall his opening gambit when he interviewed Lee back in 2007 which went something along the lines of: "How big are you, Lee? How tall? ... Only my wife wants you for Christmas and I'm trying to work out how many rolls of wrapping paper I need to buy!"). It produced a very relaxed interview then, and yesterday's was in similar vein, with talk ranging from Casualty and life in Cardiff to Lee's current tour, and the plans for his next tour and album, based on the classic musical film era, when MGM and the other big studios were producing such hit movies as Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Oliver and many, many more.
Lee spoke again (as he did at his recent Southend concert) of his excitement at the prospect of staying on for a second year in the role of Nurse Lofty on Casualty - a role which has earned him best Newcomer nominations in both the National Television Awards (first round voting closes 26 October) and the TV Times Awards (voting now closed). There was also the exciting news, though not yet confirmed, that he may include a couple of Japanese dates on his next tour, following his very successful twelve date tour there in December 2011.
BBC RADIO BERKSHIRE - PHIL KENNEDY