THE SINGING DE­TEC­TIVE

Blake Har­ri­son on play­ing DS Spencer Gibbs and his TV cop’s band...

Crime Scene - - FEA­TURE - By AN­DRE PAINE

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHAR­AC­TER…

Gibbs is ob­vi­ously one of Jane’s su­pe­ri­ors and he’s [ DI] Brad­field’s right-hand man. But the prob­lem with Gibbs is that he’s got a bit of a short fuse. He’s not afraid to be quite heavy-handed with the crim­i­nals or junkies – he will go to quite ex­treme lengths to get any in­for­ma­tion out of some­one. He’s not afraid to bend the rules and then ex­pect help from his col­leagues to try and get him out of trou­ble.

Is THAT QUITE A ’70s AT­TI­TUDE?

Go­ing back years and years, peo­ple were a bit more heavy-handed. What’s also re­ally in­ter­est­ing about this is what Jane has to go through in terms of the chau­vin­is­tic side of the po­lice. It’s great that it high­lights what WPCS had to deal with in real life. We had a re­ally great po­lice li­ai­son in to tell us what it was like polic­ing in the ’70s.

DID YOU EN­JOY wear­ing THE ’70s OUT­FITS?

I loved it, be­cause Gibbs is pea­cock­ing a lot and he’s in a band, so I got to wear some re­ally fun out­fits. When he’s not in his suit for work, he gets to wear some quite out­landish clothes. There’s a very frilly red shirt that looks like some­thing out of Strictly Come

Danc­ing, which he wears when he’s play­ing in his band. He’s in­spired by Marc Bolan and The Kinks.

DID YOU FEEL THE LEGACY OF PRIME SUS­PECT?

I didn’t, but that’s only be­cause it was a crazy thing be­ing cast. I got the phone call on a Fri­day and the next day I was fly­ing out to Mau­ri­tius for my wed­ding. I was meant to be go­ing for two weeks, and I had to come home af­ter just one week to start film­ing. So I had such a short pe­riod of time to get my head around what was hap­pen­ing. I landed, went straight to a cos­tume fit­ting and make-up, and then the next day I was film­ing.

THIS PROVES YOU CAN DO DRAMA AS WELL AS COM­EDY…

That was kind of what I re­ally wanted to do. Ob­vi­ously The

In­be­tween­ers was so pop­u­lar, the view­ing fig­ures of the other things I’ve done have never quite matched up. So it was re­ally nice to do a big ITV drama. Prime Sus­pect 1973 felt like a re­ally nice step for me to take and to try and do some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent.

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