The prospect of Aidan Turner and David Tennant starring together in upcoming drama Rivals is one that has a lot of TV fans very excited – and Turner has revealed that working with the former Doctor Who star was "a lot of fun".


Speaking exclusively with on the red carpet at the BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises, Turner teased a little bit about what fans can expect from the new show, which is based on the novel of the same name by Jilly Cooper.

"It's a lot of fun," Turner said. "I went to a screening last week [and] people loved it. It's bold and it's naughty and it's a lot of fun."

Asked specifically about working with Tennant, he added, "It was great, David's brilliant – he's a real pro. It was a lot of fun to do," before he continued to praise several of his other co-stars.

"I mean, everyone's brilliant in it," he said. "Myself and Danny (Dyer) are presenting an award tonight [and] Danny was a lot of fun to work with.

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"Claire Rushbrook was amazing... there's so many people in it. It's, like, one of the funniest shows around right now."

And he concluded: "I think people are really going to enjoy it."

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In addition to Tennant, Turner, Dyer and Rushbrook, the cast for the eight-parter also includes The Boys' Alex Hassell, The IT Crowd's Katherine Parkinson and Sex Education's Bella Maclean, in addition to roles for Nafessa Williams, Emily Atack, Catriona Chandler, Oliver Chris, Rufus Jones, Lisa McGrillis, Luke Pasqualino and Victoria Smurfit.

Rivals is set during the 1980s in the fictional county of Rutshire, where a tense rivalry between Rupert (Hassell) and Lord Tony (Tennant) starts to come to a head, with TV presenter and journalist Declan O’Hara (Turner) caught in the crossfire of their drama.

Last week, some first-look images of the series were released, introducing several of the characters and further ramping up the excitement for fans desperate to see the show – which is expected to arrive on Disney Plus in mid-to-late 2024.

Rivals will be released on Disney Plus. Sign up to Disney+ now for £7.99 per month or £79.90 for a full year.


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