M’LADY’S MAN

Cor, strike a light! David Gra­ham is back as Parker

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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!

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