Cor, strike a light! David Graham is back as Parker
So what’s it been like playing Parker again?
It’s been great. I never thought it would happen. Giles and Estelle [ the producers] actually came up to see me. I think they were checking me out, after all this time, to see if I was still in one piece! I think they were suitably impressed and I’m absolutely delighted to recreate the character.
Was it easy to recapture Parker?
It’s in my vocal DNA. Although I am old in age terms, my voice still has a young quality. It doesn’t equal my age, my voice. I’m very glad about that. I never smoked, thank god! Everybody smoked when I was young, like chimneys!
Do we see a different side to Parker? He looks a little more dangerous…
I think he’s just his old self, his old, charming, villainous self… a reformed character. The relationship with Lady P is slightly changed but it’s basically the same. When he might go off the rails she pulls him back on again.
What’s it like working with Rosamund Pike as the new Lady Penelope?
Rosamund is lovely, very good, very professional. We just left off where we began, really, with her. I did see Gone Girl and she was great in it. I thought she was wonderful – the best thing in it!
Parker and Lady Penelope made a record in the ’ 60s. Something you’re keen to revisit? Maybe a 21st century remix?
Yes, I don’t mind being in the charts… [ showbiz voice] Show me the contract, I will show you the voice!