The 73-year-old actor has made the decision to bow out of Truelove due to back troubles and will be replaced by Lindsay Duncan.
The star cast play an ageing group of friends determined to finish life on their own terms.
Inspiration for fictional television drama is often found in real life stories, then amplified tenfold to heighten the spectacle. Jack Thorne’s 4 parter for Channel 4 is treading a finely worked path with no need to exaggerate, as National Treasure draws from the shocking Yewtree operation. Robbie Coltrane plays a Mr Popular-and-Funny ageing comic, Paul Finchley, presenting awards now instead of receiving them, whose world crashes down when a casual knock on his door heralds a cheery police officer informing him he’s been accused of rape.
Which is why it’s so surprising to hear that actual A-list star Julie Walters has expressed an interest in competing on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here - although she’s worried that she might be too old to take part now.