ON- DE­MAND TELE­VI­SION BILLY’S CAR­DI­NAL RULES

Townsville Bulletin - - PLAY - SEANNA CRONIN

get chills watch­ing Car­di­nal, thanks to its snow- pow­dered mix of mur­der, mis­chief and mys­tery.

The Cana­dian crime drama, part of SBS On De­mand’s new Crime Time line- up, fol­lows De­tec­tive John Car­di­nal as he re­opens a cold case in Al­go­nquin Bay, On­tario. The series is based on Giles Blunt’s award- win­ning mys­tery novel Forty Words for Sor­row. “It fol­lows very much in the spirit of the nov­els,” star Billy Camp­bell tells Play. “There had to be some de­par­tures be­cause it’s just a dif­fer­ent for­mat.”

Billy, best known for Dy­nasty and Once and Again, orig­i­nally turned down the role to spend more time with his fam­ily — he be­came a dad for the first time at 55.

“I have a ten­dency when I read some­thing to pic­ture my­self as the cast­ing di­rec­tor or pro­ducer,” he says.

“I think, ‘ Do I see my­self in the part? Would I cast my­self in the role?’ and if the an­swer is no, which, you know, fairly of­ten it is, then I can’t even think of do­ing the thing, it’s very dif­fi­cult for me to even au­di­tion for it. But this I saw my­self im­me­di­ately in the part and it ex­cited me ter­ri­bly. I turned it down ini­tially be­cause I promised my wife I would be there for her dur­ing her last year of ar­chi­tec­tural stud­ies ... but she read it and said, ‘ I think you should do this.’”

De­tec­tive Car­di­nal is a tor­tured, brood­ing man who was re­moved from the homi­cide squad af­ter go­ing over­board in his in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a miss­ing First Na­tions girl. When the girl’s body turns up, he is re­as­signed to the case.

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