Warwick Davis’ TV Diary

Warwick Davis’ TV Diary

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Warwick Davis may be locked down but he’s as busy as ever.

All my days have been starting the same way this year – like much of the country, I have spent most of them at home. I usually get up early, as I like the quiet tranquillity of the early morning.

After breakfast, the peace dissipates into the usual busyness of the day, when the phone starts ringing and emails start pinging. A cue for me to head to my home office.

One of my current projects is the animation Master Moley, for which I voice the title character and am an executive producer.

Master Moley is introduced to audiences through a 30-minute special, Master Moley: By Royal Invitation, which toured the world in short-film festivals before going to Boomerang this month.

The show also has a full series order, which is incredibly exciting.

Master Moley is a slightly naive but big-hearted mole, who lives in the amazing world of MoleTown – it feels a bit like The Simpsons or The Flintstones, but with moles. In the special, my character has to save the town from a wicked gardener, who is voiced by Richard E Grant – it’s a great, comedic adventure.

My involvement with Master Moley started back in 2017 with a very short animation presented to investors. I had no idea Moley would become a household name. Well, that’s the hope, anyway.

Master Moley creator James Reatchlous, producer Tony Nottage, director Leon Joosen and I bounced ideas off each other and developed the character. I get to see all the scripts and animatics as they are developed.

Pre-Covid, most of the sessions were recorded in a London studio. For the special, we were able to do some recording with fellow cast members. Gemma Arterton and I recorded a lot of our lines together, which was a joy.

Fortunately, I have my own recording studio, which enables me to record remotely from home. Today is largely consumed by a voice recording session, so I connect directly to the studio and engineer in London.

The audio recording is the same quality as if I were in the studio with them. The whole set-up is seamless and has worked perfectly every time.

I usually record for around three to four hours. Once my recording session has completed, I turn my attention to some of my other projects. I am set to reprise my role of Willow Ufgood in the Disney+ sequel to Ron Howard’s 1988 film Willow. I’ve been asked many times over the years if Willow will return, and I’m thrilled to tell people that he will indeed.

I have prep that I’m doing to get back into character, so I find a quiet spot – which can be challenging in a house in lockdown with children.

My work with Little People, the charity I co-founded that provides support to people with dwarfism and their families, is hugely important to me, and part of my afternoon is dedicated to it. I usually round off my working day with preparing any scripts for tomorrow.

I keep my working day to regular hours. Once 6:00pm comes around, I’ll usually cook dinner for the family to give us a proper chance to sit down with each other without the distraction of work, phones and TV.

But afterwards, as we’re all big film and TV fans, we take the evening to delve into a couple of episodes of our favourite series – Prison Break, Stranger Things, Only Fools and Horses and Columbo – before I head to bed for another early night.

 

Warwick Davis is an actor, writer, director and producer. Master Moley: By Royal Invitation is on Boomerang from 28 November at 9am.