The prodi­gal re­turns

A fa­ther-son story gave John Simm the chance to work with an idol

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

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 dig­i­tal­

‘‘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


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