WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS
This week the nominations for this year’s BAFTA’s were announced and we’re proud to say that Sean Bean has been recognised for his role in the second series of Accused. Bean, 53, is up for Leading Actor having played the role(s) of Simon Gaskell, a college English teacher, and his alter-ego Tracie Tremarco.
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For those of you who don’t know, Bean is most famously known for his roles in Game Of Thrones, the Lord Of The Rings and TV series Sharpe. He’s usually the rugged, masculine, sword-wielding star, so playing a cross-dresser was, we assume, somewhat different.
Accused is a BBC anthology series written and created by Jimmy McGovern. It first aired on 15 November 2010 on BBC One. Each episode follows a different character as they await their verdict in court, and tells the story behind how they find themselves accused. The series has featured actors and actresses such as Christopher Eccleston, Benjamin Smith, Juliet Stevenson, Andy Serkis, Marc Warren, Naomie Harris, Sean Bean and Anne-Marie Duff as the accused in each episode.
In episode one of series two we get “Tracie’s Story”. Simon (Bean) is a fed-up English teacher who teaches impassive teenage students by day. At night his world is transformed as he becomes Tracie, a transvestite.
On one particular night on the town Tracie meets Tony (Stephen Graham) a satellite and aerial engineer at a nightclub. After a drunken row Tracie gets into a taxi with Tony who is absolutely fascinated by her/him. Their meeting culminates in the pair having sex at Tracie’s home which signals the start of a heated affair, with Tony confessing that his wife has died.
Unfortunately for Simon, who starts to develop feelings for Tony, his wife of 12 years, Karen (Rachel Leskovac), is still alive and kicking. The truth is revealed after Simon walks past Tony in town and decides to follow him. Never a good idea. Simon pulls a sneaky move and tracks down Tony’s wife’s place of work. Turns out she’s a beautician, and Simon receives a makeover from her.
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It’s not long before Tony’s wife confronts her husband about messages on his phone from Tracie. In a violent and unexpected attack Tony kills his wife because “he couldn’t hurt her by leaving”. Unaware of the murder Tony and Tracie journey to the Lake District where Tony confesses everything. Tracie runs for it, with her lover hot in pursuit, but he can’t bring himself to kill Tracie too.
The pair find themselves in court where Tracie is charged with murder, but is eventually found not guilty. Tony is imprisoned.
Speaking to the BBC in 2012, Bean said: “I’ve wanted to work on a Jimmy McGovern drama for a while and I think this cracking script really delivers a powerful, emotional drama for the audience.”
In various television programmes before the episode was released, Bean explained how he prepared for the role of Tracie.
Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show before the show was aired on 14 August 2012, Bean was asked how he prepared for the role. He said: “They [the team] gave me some practice heels, and I’ve got about four pairs left in the kitchen. They really hurt! Women in the audience must know, if they’re really high, they hurt. So I know how you feel now.”
When he appeared on the BBC’s One Show, again in August, he joked: “There’s certainly a lot to do, isn’t there? I had a full body wax. Well, almost…they didn’t do me c***!”
Good to know, Sean. Good to know.
The rest of this year’s nominations are listed below. The 2013 British Academy Television Awards will be held on 12 May at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Sean Bean – Accused (Tracie’s Story)
Derek Jacobi – Last Tango in Halifax
Toby Jones – The Girl
Ben Whishaw – Richard II (The Hollow Crown)
Rebecca Hall – Parade’s End
Sienna Miller – The Girl
Anne Reid – Last Tango in Halifax
Sheridan Smith – Mrs Biggs
Peter Capaldi – The Hour
Stephen Graham – Accused (Tracie’s Story)
Harry Lloyd – The Fear
Simon Russell Beale – Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown)
Olivia Colman – Accused (Mo’s Story)
Anastasia Hille – The Fear
Sarah Lancashire – Last Tango in Halifax
Imelda Staunton – The Girl
Alan Carr – Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Ant and Dec – I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Sarah Millican – The Sarah Millican Show
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
Olivia Colman – Twenty Twelve
Miranda Hart – Miranda
Jessica Hynes – Twenty Twelve
Julia Davis – Hunderby
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
Hugh Bonneville – Twenty Twelve
Peter Capaldi – The Thick of It
Steve Coogan – Welcome to the Places of My Life
Greg Davies – Cuckoo
Richard II (Hollow Crown)
Last Tango in Halifax
Scott and Bailey
Room at the Top
Game of Thrones
24 Hours in A&E
Great Ormond Street
Make Bradford British
All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry
The Plane Crash
The Plot to Bring Down Britain’s Planes
The Secret History of Our Streets
7/7: One Day in London
Baka: A Cry from the Rainforest
Lucian Freud: Painted Life
Nina Conti – A Ventriloquist’s Story: Her Master’s Voice
Bank of Dave
The Great British Bake Off
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
REALITY AND CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Made in Chelsea
The Young Apprentice
Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis (Panorama Special)
The Other Side of Jimmy Savile (Exposure)
The Shame of the Catholic Church (This World)
What Killed Arafat? (Al Jazeera Investigates)
BBC News at Ten: Syria
Channel 4 News: Battle for Homs
Hillsborough – The Truth at Last (Granada Reports)
SPORT AND LIVE EVENT
The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday
The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle of Wonder
The London 2012 Paralympic Games
Wimbledon 2012 – Men’s Final
Dynamo Magician Impossible
The Graham Norton Show
Have I Got News For You
A League of Their Own
The Revolution Will Be Televised
Welcome to the Places of My Life
The Thick of It
Call the Midwife
Game of Thrones
The Great British Bake Off
The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony
Strictly Come Dancing