My first night back in Accra in almost 13 years! Arriving at Kotoka airport after all this time, I'm here to film an episode of hospital drama
Progess here is evident. The fact that the plane lands almost on time and there are no checkpoints (which used to provide opportunities for some sly 'tax' collection) - is all good. Read more about my trip in an
on BBC's Holby City site.
Patricia Potter (Diane) found Ghana a bit of a culture shock - read all about it in
, in the meantime, take a look at these...
It's Wednesday 16th of March and I've finally arrived in Elmina, about four hours or so from Accra. We're staying in a fabulous location right on the beach. This photo is from a scene between my character Ric Griffin and Diane Lloyd (played by Patricia Potter).
The hotel, by UK standards, is fairly basic, but what it lacks in creature comforts is more than made up for by the amazing sea view and I suppose the way it just releases my imagination!
My mother was from Elmina - and looking at the beach right now, with its palm trees and coconut trees, I'm wondering why she didn't want to come back. I never really understood why she wanted to stay in the UK, especially during the winter. Anyway, having arrived I'm going to go off to film straight away.
It's a very pleasant feeling, being back. My memories of the main town just down the road are of a dull and melancholic, a kind of depressing place. But now it seems different this time around. I think I just like the feel of it, it's easy, it's kind of wholesome.
The beautiful scarves and dresses worn by Ghanaian women seem so much more colourful and stylish than British high-street fashion.
Kids here are so bright eyed. They look after each other, walking in their school uniforms holding hands and pulling each other out of the way of traffic. The older ones looking after the younger kids and they all smile with such open faces. I feel quite optimistic when I look at them, proud to be Ghanaian actually.
We're on the high seas having just shot the scene between Ric Griffin and Kwame Attakora (Ric's friend from school). A little flotilla of boats has formed around us and despite it being a beautiful day we've all taken pills so there's been no vomiting yet!
Five boats have come out for the day to be part of our shoot. The real fishermen who are supporting actors, have been furiously hauling nets all day... It's all gone smoothly given the unpredictability of the weather, the waves and the language difficulties. And these guys, like everyone we meet here, are fantastically cooperative!