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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
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