A quick update about Monster. The stellar cast has been joined by Tracy Shaw (Maxine in Coronation Street), who will play my onscreen wife, Mary. Principal photography starts in January, but I’m already deep into character preparation given how challenging the role is.

If you can’t wait that long you can read the novel by Matt Shaw and Michael Bray (available in ebook and paperback formats), but beware – it’s not for the faint-hearted!

Tracy Shaw, who will be playing Rod’s onscreen wife, Mary in Monster.