Sian Gibson: ‘I got star-struck filming Death on the Tyne!’

Sian Gibson and Johnny Vegas starring in Death on the Tyne
(Image credit: OLLIE UPTON)

Sian Gibson and Johnny Vegas on murder and mayhem in Gold’s comic whodunit Death on the Tyne

After last year’s Murder on the Blackpool Express, chippy coach driver Terry (Johnny Vegas), and bubbly tour guide Gemma ( Sian Gibson) are back for another murderous trip in Gold’s comedy drama Death on the Tyne.

The feature-length drama sees the pair take cheery pensioner Mildred (Sheila Reid) and her retirement home pals on a cruise from Newcastle to Holland. But a killer soon strikes.

Here, Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson give TV Times the lowdown on Death on the Tyne…

TV Times: How would you sum up Death on the Tyne?

Johnny Vegas: “It is like an Agatha Christie where they’re all trapped on this boat and tragedy strikes but how’s this happening again?! How do these two people attract crazy scenarios?” Sian Gibson: “This one feels more claustrophobic because they’re stuck on the ship.” Johnny Vegas: “And there’s more violence, they’ve ramped it up.”

TVT: Has Terry and Gemma’s romance blossomed?

SG: “They’re properly together. On the first one, when he solved the case she got a twinkle in her eye for him, so now someone being murdered again has brought the excitement back. If we do a third and there are no murders, they’re screwed!” JV: “It could be Gemma doing the murders just to keep the relationship fresh! Terry wants to propose now but people keep getting murdered…”

Sue Johnston, Georgie Glen and Sheila Reid starring in Death on the Tyne

Sue Johnston, Georgie Glen and Sheila Reid as Colleen, Hilda and Mildred in Death on the Tyne (Image credit: OLLIE UPTON)

TVT: Did you enjoy working with the guest cast, which also includes Sue Johnston, Felicity Montagu, Doon Mackichan and James Fleet?

JV: “You fawn over them Sian!” SG: “Yes, I get star-struck. Sue’s amazing, I’m a massive fan of Doon and we’ve got lovely Sheila back, who’s hilarious. But there were no egos from anyone. They have to do ridiculous things but everyone came in with the right attitude of having fun and not taking it seriously.”

TVT: Would you like to work together again?

SG: “Maybe Gold could do a spin-off of us two just cruising round the Greek islands.” JV: “Yes there has to be a reality show spin-off in this. We have also had private discussions about bringing back Hart to Hart with us two – but in Preston!”

Death on the Tyne airs on Gold at 9pm on Saturday 15 December

Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.