Do­ing Dirk Dig­gler

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ANOOSKA TUCKER- EVANS

HE’S dressed up as a vam­pire, a cow­boy and even gone un­der­cover in a women’s roller derby team, but James Ro­day re­veals there’s one more fancy dress fan­tasy to com­plete on his cult- hit se­ries Psych.

‘‘ If there was a way we could do a Boo­gie Nights episode that was ap­pro­pri­ate for ba­sic cable tele­vi­sion and didn’t of­fend half the world, that would be the ul­ti­mate to me be­cause no­body else is reach­ing to that – no­body,’’ he says with a laugh.

‘‘ If we were smart about it, we might ac­tu­ally be able to pull it off, or we will go down in flames try­ing.’’

Psych fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of novice sleuth Shawn ( Ro­day, pic­tured), who cons the po­lice into think­ing he has psy­chic abil­i­ties so he can help solve crimes, and his best mate Gus ( Dule Hill), as they try to un­ravel mur­der mys­ter­ies while hav­ing a heap of fun along the way.

Out­ra­geous cos­tumes and ridicu­lous an­tics are a reg­u­lar part of this se­ries as Shawn and Gus prove to be the most un­likely of crime- fight­ing duos.

While chan­nel One is now screen­ing sea­son four, the show is up to sea­son six in the US and has be­come a cult hit.

Ro­day, who is also a writer on the se­ries, at­tributes the show’s suc­cess to the fact that it rein­vents it­self ev­ery week with new crazy ad­ven­tures. Six sea­sons in, he says he still loves it. ‘‘ We have a blast ev­ery day on set, mak­ing each other laugh, and we have a great crew,’’ he says.

‘‘ It’s so rare in this in­dus­try when all the pieces sort of fit per­fectly from day one and, you know, it’s rare be­cause most of us have worked on jobs where it’s not like that.

‘‘ There’s a sense of ap­pre­ci­a­tion know­ing how lucky we are, which is why there’s al­ways gas in the tank.’’

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