The prodigal returns
A father-son story gave John Simm the chance to work with an idol
BRITISH psychological thriller Exile gets its first Australian television on pay TV’S UKTV.
The three-parter reteams Shameless creator Paul Abbott with actor John Simm ( Life on Mars, Doctor Who) for the first time since the hit television series State of Play.
Simm plays a showbiz hack who returns home to discover his father Sam (Jim Broadbent) has Alzheimer’s disease.
Recalling a vicious beating he once suffered at Sam’s hands, Tom explores his past and uncovers a devastating secret.
Simm says he enjoyed working with Broadbent, perhaps best known for his outing in the Harry Potter films as Professor Slughorn.
‘‘He’s one of my heroes. I love everything he’s been in,’’ Simm tells digitalspy.com.
‘‘I’ve watched him for ever, ever since Blackadder and Only Fools & Horses. Since then, he’s just become one of the greatest actors in the world. I’m a massive fan of his and it was aweinspiring working with him. Even at the read-
stars Jim Broadbent and John Simm through, I looked across, looked in his eyes, he started reading it and I thought, ‘OK, I’ve got to be on top of my game here’. He was wonderful, and in no way was I disappointed with him. He’s a lovely guy and a fantastic actor.’’
Exile: Thursdays, 7.30pm, UKTV