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Webchat with Stephen Mangan: Thursday 15 May, 11.15am - 12.15.

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-May-14 14:55:32

We're a bit excited that actor Stephen Mangan is popping in to join us for a webchat on Thursday 15 May at 11.15am to chat about his new film Postman Pat: The Movie.

Stephen is best known as Guy Secretan in the fabulous, Bafta winning series Green Wing. He will be remembered by many for his role as Adrian Mole in The Cappuccino Years on the BBC. To Alan Partridge fans he will always be known as Dan.

On 23rd May Postman Pat: The Movie hits the big screens across the UK and Stephen Mangan is the voice of Greendale's favourite postie. The film finds Pat coming face-to-face with the temptations of money, status and a shiny new suit when he enters a national TV talent show competition. What happens when local fame meets global notoriety? Pat is set to find out as he falls for the age-old temptation of the grass being greener?Watch the trailer to the film here

If you're around at 11.15 on Thursday morning, drop by and chat to Stephen and for those who are unable to make that time, post a question for him on this thread ahead of the webchat.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-May-14 14:57:41

...And everyone who joins the webchat will be entered into a draw to win one of two fabulous Postman Pat: The Movie goody bags worth over £100 each.

PlumpPartridge Wed 14-May-14 11:29:56

Hello Stephen, I enjoyed Green Wing and especially enjoyed Episodes (very glad it's coming back)! My 3yo son is a bit obsessed by Postman Pat too (to the extent that he once asked if Postman Pat did poo confused) so I'm sure we'll see the film.

My question is, what research did you do to 'become' Pat (if any) ad have you discovered a newfound empathy for posties?

Badvoc Wed 14-May-14 12:06:04

Hi Stephen.
I wondered if you had the choice which you would choose?...
To be the hugely successful actor you are
To be the lead vocal of a massively successful prog rock band?
Love your work, you saucebox grin

PetiteRaleuse Wed 14-May-14 12:34:49

My daughters love Postman Pat as I did as a child.

I am intrigued as to how such an incompetent postman could win a talent contest.

A simple question: do you prefer stage or screen acting and why?

InkleWinkle Wed 14-May-14 12:37:49

Two things (I know it's only supposed to be one but you can choose:

1) when you were making the Postman Pat movie did Pat's incompetence annoy you at all?grin

2) dish the dirt on Matt Le Blanc...grin

SacreBlue Wed 14-May-14 13:00:04

My DS is too big for Postman Pat these days so I'm going to ask an unrelated shallow question.

You, Tamsin and Julian all had/have such gorgeous hair, like a Green Wing themed L'Oreal commercial - did you all share the same haircare routine back then?

And do you ever have weirdos fans Matt LeBlanc try and run their fingers through your hair when you meet?

mjmooseface Wed 14-May-14 14:35:54

Dear Stephen Mangan, I think you are hilarious and I have a somewhat silly question for you...

Would you ever consider a career change to the postal service after your experience of being Postman Pat?!

Rooble Wed 14-May-14 14:53:32

Hello! You are the only famous person I ever come across on my v occasional forays Down South (at London Bridge station and on Regents Canal). Now that your fame is global rather than limited to Channel 4 and Radio 4 are you more shy and retiring, or still cool about being seen out and about with your kids?
Ps - have loved everything I've seen you in and was gutted not to be able to see Jeeves & Wooster thing.

fuzzpig Wed 14-May-14 15:44:01

<feeling a little star struck>

Green Wing is one of my favourite things in the universe EVER. Just so you know. grin

My question is rather unimaginative I'm afraid: What is your favourite British comedy show (past or present) to watch?

PostHocErgoPropterHoc Wed 14-May-14 17:43:32

Hi Stephen

The first series of Episodes got me through some long nights feeding my dc2. Looking forward to the new series tonight smile

Is there going to be any more Dirk Gently?

purpleprincess Wed 14-May-14 18:09:09

Sorry to hijack thread Posthoc but I follow the lovely Stephen on Twitter (@StephenMangan if you're interested) and he mentioned a while ago that Dirk Gently had been cancelled. Definitely worth following apart from finding out what he's up to some very amusing links and observations on family life.


PostHocErgoPropterHoc Wed 14-May-14 18:22:53

Oh thanks purpleprincess, that's a shame though sad. I don't do twitter much, he'll be about the fourth person I follow grin.

I'll have to think of a better question to ask him now.

TheCunkOfPhilomena Wed 14-May-14 19:46:01

Another Guy Secretan fan here grin

Hi Steve, my question is- Do you still play Guyball and have you taught Tamsin and Matt to play? If not then why not? <puts on topmiler>

Seriously, DS is 3 and completely obsessed with Postman Pat. We went to see the live show recently which he loved. Cannot wait for the film, well, I can, he can't.

TravelinColour Wed 14-May-14 19:48:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mammamic Wed 14-May-14 19:53:32

Hi Stephen

Is it difficult/weird/emotional (in whatever way) to work closely with people for however long, getting to know them, spending unusually long working hours together and then to have to walk away when a series ends, a show is done etc?

PS - have thoroughly enjoyed everything I've seen you in. Green Wing is still one of the best shows to have graced our screens - thanks

Wetoopere Wed 14-May-14 20:06:44

Are you at the Kendal premiere of Postman Pat this weekend?
I've only heard rumours and not seen anything confirmed tried and failed to win tickets anyway

DodderyOldSoul Wed 14-May-14 20:12:42

Hello there,

Weird timing as I was listening to Elvenquest this evening while sorting the children's supper.

To continue to be achingly and boringly middle class, do you enjoy doing radio, and what other radio comedy / drama do you rate?

And thank you; Green Wing got me through a lot of long dark afternoons while pinned to the sofa breast feeding. And I love Episodes too.

BookieTubules Wed 14-May-14 20:32:13

I saw you in Jeeves and Wooster. (It/Stephen was brilliant, Rooble.)
Do you have a favourite PG Wodehouse line?

TwoLeftSocks Wed 14-May-14 20:48:03

What's your favourite biscuit? (someone's got to ask, and the 'do you now want to be a postie' one's already gone)

BigfootFiles Wed 14-May-14 21:41:11

I loved Episodes, glad it's coming back!

My question is, I seem to hear your voice on a lot of adverts and I was wondering whether you've ever lent your voice to a product you hated? Or do you only agree to advertise stuff you would actually buy/use?

CheeseEMouse Wed 14-May-14 21:41:13

Hi - another Green Wing fan!

Do you prepare differently for comedy acting as opposed to a straight play (for example), and how do you get a sense of whether a scene is funny as you act? I always imagine it must be hard to tell when you don't have an audience. But maybe that's why I am an accountant...

waterlego Wed 14-May-14 22:02:01

More Green Wing fans here grin

Sorry, I have no Postman Pat-related questions, but my husband wants to know which of your roles you have most enjoyed so far?

hotair Wed 14-May-14 22:48:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DodderyOldSoul Wed 14-May-14 23:23:28

Sorry, not a question but the best outtake ever got those waiting for answers Thank you for the music

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