Series 5 Cast Interviews
Jesse Birdsall

Jesse Birdsall

Plays
Roger Webb

REMIND US WHAT HAPPENED WITH ROGER AT THE END OF LAST SERIES?
When we left Roger last series, his wife Jackie had slept with his son Seb on a drunken night. Roger then threw Seb out of the house and their lives.

WHAT IS ROGER AND JACKIE'S RELATIONSHIP LIKE THIS SERIES? ARE THERE ANY MORE INFIDELITY STORIES?
Not so far but you never know! Look out for an interesting scene in a spa though.

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR SON SEB?
He was sold to City but then will be appearing in the spin off Extra Time so I think Seb is forging a life for himself away from his father.

THERE IS A NEW CHAIRMAN, GARRY RYAN, AT EARLS PARK - HOW DOES ROGER GET ON WITH HIM?
Roger is suspicious of Garry and is unsure about his methods and qualifications to run a Football club. I think he feels threatened slightly.

HAS YOUR CHARACTER HAD MUCH TO DO WITH THE NEW CHARACTERS OF TRE AND LIBERTY?
As Tre is the new signing to Earls Park, it is in Roger's interest to get on with him. But on a personal level I think he gets on with both Tre and Liberty.

WHAT IS IT LIKE HAVING GILLY TAYLFORTH AS YOUR ON SCREEN WIFE?
FANBLOODYTASTIC!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE STORYLINE TO FILM SO FAR THIS SERIES?
There is an episode where Roger and Jackie attend one of Garry's infamous house parties and poor Roger gets involved in more than he bargained for! It was very funny to film and it's great to see a lighter side of Roger for once.

IS THERE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN THE DIRECTION ROGER IS TAKING THIS SERIES?
I don't think the character has changed as such, but I think his end may be nigh!

DO YOU LIKE ROGER?
Roger is a bit old fashioned for my liking but he means to do the right thing.

DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
Arsenal.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE ALL TIME PLAYER?
It has to be my daughter - Lottie Birdsall - a strong all-rounder!

HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE?
I really enjoy yoga.

IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE SIMILAR TO ROGERS?
No, my style isn't like Roger's at all.

COULD YOU BE A TEAM MANAGER?
I don't think I have the temperament to be a team manager and wouldn't want to put up with the antics of all the players off the pitch.

YOUR DAUGHTER IS A TALENTED FOOTBALLER - TELL US ABOUT HER:
Lottie plays for Arsenal Ladies (Under 16s) and has been involved with them for seven years. She is a very talented player.

DO YOU PLAY ANY SPORT?
Snooker is my game!