THINGS COULD HEAT UP THIS WIN­TER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

THE re­u­nion of Peter O’Brien and Re­becca Gib­ney on

was a long time com­ing.

The pair starred to­gether in Aussie drama se­ries

back in the late 1980s – O’Brien as pi­lot Sam Pat­ter­son and Gib­ney as me­chanic Emma Plimp­ton.

In 1998 they teamed up again for minis­eries

about the Granville train dis­as­ter, and were re­united the fol­low­ing year when O’Brien had a guest role on Gib­ney’s crime drama

It was an­other 15 years be­fore the ac­claimed ac­tors worked to­gether for last year’s pre- cur­sor,

By then, Gib­ney had starred as beloved mum Julie Rafter in

and won a Gold Lo­gie. O’Brien has bounced be­tween Eng­land and Australia, ap­pear­ing in UK shows in­clud­ing

and and in Australia in and the se­ries. To­day, with he and Gib­ney’s re­u­nion com­plete, O’Brien and wife Mi­randa Otto are living in Los An­ge­les as the pair pur­sue Hol­ly­wood act­ing roles.

In O’Brien plays De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Lach­lan McKen­zie, who joins Gib­ney’s De­tec­tive Sergeant Eve Win­ter to help in­ves­ti­gate the death of a 23- year- old mum.

“Lach­lan is a guy who has hit a brick wall,” O’Brien says. “His pro­fes­sional life has taken over from his per­sonal life.”

McKen­zie and Win­ter have his­tory, hav­ing been an item when Lach­lan was a hot young de­tec­tive. Eve got too close, Lach­lan pushed her away and there have been buried emo­tions ever since.

McKen­zie has gone through two mar­riages, is in a new re­la­tion­ship, but still can’t get over Eve.

“The po­ten­tial ( to be­come a cou­ple again) is there and the feel­ings are very much there but are they ven­tur­ing into ter­ri­tory that is not right?” O’Brien says.

“It is tempt­ing some­times if things have ended badly ( with some­one) to think, ‘ If we went down a diff er­ent path ( would things have been diff er­ent)?”

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