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Withnail and I star Paul McGann backs community kitchen at primary school

Is there another series of Luther planned? 'I’d be very surprised considering the way the story went, but you never know'

04 July, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Paul McGann on ribbon-cutting duties at Rhyl Primary School

ACTOR Paul McGann has thrown his support behind a plan to build a community kitchen at a Kentish Town primary school.

The Luther and Withnail and I star was at Rhyl Primary School last Thursday to cut the ribbon and officially open the summer fete. It is part of the final fundraising drive to build a brand new kitchen in the playground for children to learn about food and sustainability.

Mr McGann said: “I wish someone had done that when we were kids. When I was a kid you didn’t think about where the food you ate came from, what was in it, so that’s the important thing. That’s the spirit of today.”

Tom Moggach, a teacher at the school, said: “Our mission at Rhyl is to build a community teaching kitchen that will be a hub for food education in our area. “It will be located in our garden and outdoor classroom, close to our wood- fired oven, so will be perfect for plot-to-plate teaching and open to hire for events and catering. The school team has been fundraising for nearly four years and just received planning permission for our new design – so we are crossing our fingers that construction will start this summer.”

The Rhyl Street school is running a raffle – tickets are 50p each or £2 for five – with prizes including a Nando’s meal to help raise money for playground. Tickets may be bought from the school.

In the hit BBC series, Luther, Mr McGann plays Mark North, the former lover of Detective John Luther’s (Idris Elba) dead ex-wife Zoe. There has been speculation about whether there will be further series after the cliffhanger ending of the fifth series this year.

Asked about a possible new series, the 59-year-old said: “To be perfectly honest I thought it had ended a couple of seasons ago but they keep eking out more stories. Perhaps it is going to end this time.”

On whether he had a phone call about its return, he said: “No, I don’t expect one either, not anytime soon, but with those things there tends to be a year or two in between them. I’d be very surprised considering the way the story went, but you never know.”

Paul McGann with Idris Elba in Luther

He added: “Funnily enough, that particular one, wherever I go, particularly in America, here it might be ‘oh you’re Doctor Who’ sort of thing, but over there it’s like ‘you’re in Luther, right?’ Luther is huge and Idris is huge.”

The Liverpudlian, who has been working in California doing voiceover work, reminisced on his 20s when he lived in Prince of Wales Road, Kentish Town, with his now-wife and a friend.

Mr McGann, who now lives in Bristol, said: “It was great, it was a great time. I had just started work as an actor, I can just remember it being a really great time.”

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