Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tyneside director Bharat Nalluri's baby news

MOVIE maker Bharat Nalluri has revealed details of his latest production . . . a baby daughter with his TV presenter wife!


The top director, who grew up on Tyneside, met and fell in love with his wife Kylie Morris when he least expected it . . . while he was making a moving drama about the 2004 Asian Tsunami.

The former Newcastle Royal Grammar School pupil went to Thailand in 2006 to direct the two-part BBC drama Tsunami: The Aftermath, recounting the disaster through the eyes of several families affected, and Kylie was a key researcher for the drama, having been one of the first news reporters on the scene of the Boxing Day disaster.

Now, three years on, Bharat and his Channel 4 news presenter wife live happily in London where – in between working on Spooks, Torchwood and a whole raft of other projects - he is busily preparing for the arrival of a baby girl to join their two-year-old son.

The Emmy Award winner beamed: “There are always things in the pipeline – I’m finishing editing Spooks series 10 at the moment and talking about stuff here and in the US . . . but the next big production is the birth of our baby girl at the end of August.

“Our first was a boy and he’s two-and-a-half now, so I’m taking a little bit of time out to help out at home.

“I’m lucky in that I’m freelance so I get to choose when to work or not. The choice to leave home and shoot is never easy, but one of the perks is that the family can come with me.”

While the 45-year-old may be taking a break from work to spend time with family, his TV work is getting lots of air time . . . and he’s the man behind some of the biggest shows on TV in the last decade, including Life on Mars, Hustle, Spooks and the current series of Torchwood.

He’s currently completing the latest series of Spooks, a decade after the espionage drama first began, and says it’s “shaping up very well”.

But it’s Torchwood: Miracle Day that’s keeping fans gripped at the moment. And Bharat had a blast shooting scenes at the Warner Bros studios LA as well as on location in Cardiff, with US newcomers Bill Pullman and Mekhi Phifer, who have appeared in many Hollywood blockbusters between them.

He said: “Torchwood has got bigger every year, it started in BBC3, went to BBC2, then to BBC1 and now in America. I suspect it will go on forever and if they want me I’ll be the first to say yes.

“When it started three seasons ago Russell T Davies, the writer, and Julie Gardener, the producer, asked me to do the very first one but sadly I was busy on an another project.

“This fourth season is when Russell asked me and I could finally say yes.

“Bill is an incredibly intelligent, gently spoken man who put everyone at ease. He’s a real pro and we got on very well.
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