Ioan Gruf­fudd says au­di­ences will love his new char­ac­ter, foren­sic pathol­o­gist Daniel Har­row – even though he does have skele­tons in his closet

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - SHOWTIME! - Tim Oglethorpe

He’s smar t, hand­some, handy with a scalpel, har­bours a dark se­cret and is help­ing the po­lice with their in­quiries. Meet Daniel Har­row, the cen­tral char­ac­ter in an ab­sorb­ing new crime drama, and the lat­est role for ac­tor Ioan Gruf­fudd.

If Daniel sounds omi­nously like the char­ac­ter Ioan re­cently played in ITV’s Liar – An­drew Earl­ham, a se­rial rapist – you’d be right. But the two have some cru­cial dif­fer­ences…

‘Au­di­ences will warm to Har­row, he‘s an in­ter­est­ing man, a bril­liant foren­sic pathol­o­gist who re­fuses to play by the rules,’ says Ioan. ‘He has a dark se­cret but noth­ing like An­drew’s, thank God.’

We first meet Har­row at The In­sti­tute Of Foren­sic Medicine in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, where he works as the state of Queens­land’s se­nior med­i­cal ex­am­iner.

There’s not much sign of him ac­tu­ally work­ing in the open­ing scenes, how­ever – he has the body of a man dressed as a clown on his slab, who was sus­pected of be­ing a pae­dophile, and Har­row is too ap­palled to ex­am­ine him, pre­fer­ring to watch clas­sic Hol­ly­wood movie High Noon in his lab while eat­ing crisps.

But it’s a very dif­fer­ent Har­row we see spring into ac­tion later, when he meets griev­ing fa­ther Bruce Reimers.

‘Un­like some of his col­leagues, such as his ri­val Dr Lyle Fair­ley, Har­row is as in­ter­ested in why peo­ple died as how, and he’s fas­ci­nated by the case of Reimers’ daugh­ter, Olivia,’ ex­plains Ioan. ‘How­ever he and her fa­ther are just about the only peo­ple who are in­ter­ested. Har­row is nor­mally an aide to the po­lice but on this oc­ca­sion he’s a thorn in their side.

‘De­tec­tives closed the case months ago, de­cid­ing Olivia took her own life while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and drugs. To their an­noy­ance, Har­row keeps gnaw­ing away at the case, with help from his col­league Si­mon Van Reyk.’

If find­ing out what hap­pened to Olivia proves Har­row’s prow­ess as a pathol­o­gist and med­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tor, the open­ing episode also ex­poses his vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties.

‘He has a trou­bled pri­vate life. He put his ca­reer be­fore his fam­ily and he is es­tranged from his wife and wor­ried about their teenage daugh­ter Fern. In episode one, we see him dash to the hospi­tal, where Fern has been ad­mit­ted af­ter an ap­par­ent drug over­dose.’

Sin­gle and liv­ing on a boat called Bet­tie in Bris­bane Har­bour, Har­row’s pri­vate life takes a more pos­i­tive turn when he strikes up a re­la­tion­ship with flame­haired po­lice of­fi­cer Soroya Dass.

But Soroya also un­wit­tingly in­tro­duces Har­row to his worst night­mare af­ter roar­ing up to his boat on her po­lice launch.

‘She takes him to a place in Bris­bane River where hu­man bones sealed in con­crete are be­ing dragged up. She doesn’t re­alise Har­row has a per­sonal link to them and he has to hide his dis­tress as they’re brought to the sur­face. They are his dark se­cret,’ says Ioan.

In the ten-part se­ries Har­row cov­ers cases in­clud­ing a woman ap­par­ently mur­dered by cross­bow, an arm found in a croc­o­dile’s stom­ach, a skele­ton in a tree and a corpse that comes back to life. All while he fights to stop his se­cret coming out. ‘The bones haunt Har­row and it be­comes more a ques­tion of how crim­i­nally cul­pa­ble he was in the case, than whether he had any­thing to do with them be­ing there,’ ex­plains Ioan. ‘They could be his down­fall.’

Har­row, Tues­day, 9pm, Al­ibi (Sky 132, Vir­gin 126).

DET SE­NIOR SGT BRYAN NI­CHOLS (Damien Gar­vey) A re­spected of­fi­cer who gets an­noyed with Har­row for in­ter­fer­ing. SERGEANT SOROYA DASS (Mir­rah Foulkes) She clicks in­stantly with Har­row. They are a great fit at work – and fancy each other.

SI­MON VAN REYK (Remy Hill) Har­row’s pro­tégé, he has a lot of po­ten­tial and en­joys a ban­ter-filled re­la­tion­ship with his col­league. DR DANIEL HAR­ROW (Ioan Gruf­fudd) A pathol­o­gist who bends the rules to find the truth. He lis­tens to the Blues while dis­sect­ing bod­ies.

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