ONE to WATCH

He has en­joyed huge suc­cess for his role as Jay on hit show The In­be­tween­ers — but when it comes to the ‘celebrity’ tag, James Buck­ley has no de­sire to hit such heights. He is de­lighted to be star­ring in such hits as Zapped and White Gold, but re­mains rel

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERVIEW -

ZAPPED IS BACK FOR A SEC­OND SE­RIES. IT’S BEEN DE­SCRIBED AS ‘RED DWARF FOR THE GAME OF THRONES GEN­ER­A­TION’ — WOULD YOU AGREE?

It re­minded me of Red Dwarf when I first read the script, which is one of my favourite sit­coms. It re­minded me a bit of Black­ad­der too and if some­thing re­minds you of that then it will be good. I also think that it’s ever so slightly un­usual and a bit weird, and I think peo­ple are up for a sit­com that isn’t just about re­cently grad­u­ated stu­dents try­ing to make their way in the world. This is some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent.

WHAT CHAOS CAN WE EX­PECT BRIAN TO RUN INTO THIS TIME?

His main thing is he’s try­ing to get back home. That’s al­ways the main ob­jec­tive. And that’s still there, bub­bling un­der, but now we get to see what goes on when he’s not to­tally fo­cused on get­ting home — the day-to-day life of be­ing in Munty and how the other char­ac­ters live in this strange world.

YOU SAID IT’D TAKE A LOT TO GET YOU BACK ON TV AF­TER THE IN­BE­TWEEN­ERS. HAS ZAPPED’S SUC­CESS BOOSTED YOUR CON­FI­DENCE?

Not re­ally, I just for­get that any­one is ever go­ing to see what I do. I think ‘ig­no­rance is bliss’ is the sort of world that I live in. I for­get that I am on the tele­vi­sion and I for­get that th­ese things are open to crit­i­cism and for peo­ple to de­cide whether they like them or not. I only ever do stuff that I like; I don’t know what other peo­ple like.

DID YOU FEEL A PRES­SURE OF LIV­ING UP TO THE HUGE E4 HIT?

It was weird that it be­came suc­cess­ful. I liked it. I thought it was great and I thought the other boys were bril­liant. It’s sort of lib­er­at­ing re­ally to have a hit; I don’t know why but it sort of val­i­dates you, even though it shouldn’t. To have a com­mer­cial suc­cess, it made me feel even more like I can do what­ever I want, be­cause I’d had a hit.

YOU AP­PEAR IN­CRED­I­BLY GROUNDED. DO YOU STRUG­GLE WITH THE ‘CELEB’ TAG?

I went on The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show a cou­ple of months ago and there was Salma Hayek and David Wal­liams and Liam from One Di­rec­tion and I felt like I’d been plucked from Da­gen­ham and stuck on this couch. I don’t feel like I’m part of th­ese peo­ple and I al­ways worry this ca­reer of mine will peter out at some point — just through ig­no­rance. Se­ries 2 of Zapped starts on Dave on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12

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