Cast of Bliss

New comedy that follows the complicated double life of a successful travel writer, who, through extenuating circumstances, finds himself living between two families.

From acclaimed writer, director and performer David Cross (Arrested Development) and featuring a star-studded cast, including Stephen Mangan (Episodes) and Heather Graham (Law & Order True Crime), comes Bliss, a new comedy that follows the complicated double life of a successful travel writer, who, through extenuating circumstances, finds himself living between two families. Starting Tuesday 5 June at 20:00 on ITV CHOICE (DStv Channel 123) and streaming live on DStv Now. 

With two wives and two children whose existences are unknown to each other, Andrew (Mangan) lives in a constant state of moral crisis as he struggles to balance his time and energies between his wife Kim (Graham) and teenage daughter Christina and his other family, wife Denise (Jo Hartley – This Is England ’90) and their teenage son Kris. As Andrew’s two worlds become ever harder to contain, so does his sanity. And he finds himself going to increasingly drastic measures to protect the two families he loves.

We sat Mangan down long enough to ask him a few questions …

In Bliss your character leads a double life with two families. That also sounds like hard work:

It must be an absolute nightmare. I’ve got one family and even that’s brought me to the edge of exhaustion. My character ends up in this ridiculous situation through a cowardly niceness and not fessing up to things. You can relate to him because he just keeps putting off that moment of reckoning, which we all do in our lives all the time.

Your character is a travel writer – what would you have been if not an actor?

I did a law degree but I wasn’t ever really going to go down that route. I just played a barrister and I’m very glad I went to work down the glitter mine.

How do you relax?

One of the great joys of having kids is reading to them. I have three (ten, seven and nearly two) and my wife (actress Louise Delamere) is going to keep having kids so I can keep doing my silly voices. The most shameful thing I ever did was when I was in a play and my eldest was very young. As he was falling asleep I’d put on an audiobook of Tamsin Greig and me reading fairy stories. He thought every story started with “Read by Stephen Mangan”.

Do you and Matt LeBlanc keep in touch after Episodes?

He’s in the UK a lot because of that under-the-radar car show he does. We phone each other. It’s nice to see he’s got a career. I’m going to miss doing Episodes. I’d watched Friends so, so many times and to be in a room with him felt odd. And then I realised he’s just as much of an idiot as the rest of us.

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