In­ter­cep­tor back on air

Sean O’Kane talks about ’89 show

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Cam­bus­lang man Sean O’Kane has taken to the air­waves to dis­cuss his hit 1980s gameshow In­ter­cep­tor.

He was in­ter­viewed on BBC Ra­dio So­lent by pre­sen­ter Louisa Han­nan, who was a big fan of the show, which ran for eight episodes over 1989 and 1990.

Not only did the for­mer Trin­ity High pupil dis­cuss his work on the show, which has been re­peated on TV chan­nel Chal­lenge re­cently, he also talked about his ca­reer, work­ing on Cag­ney and Lacey and do­ing stunts in Hol­ly­wood.

Sean said: “It was a phone call I got out of the blue, as the pre­sen­ter, Louisa, was a big fan of In­ter­cep­tor when she was younger.

“It was re­ally nice to talk about it and how I got into the busi­ness, and how the In­ter­cep­tor was born.”

Louisa told the Re­former: “In terms of why we did it, I was a mas­sive fan of In­ter­cep­tor as a teenager and was de­lighted to switch on one of the Free­view chan­nels one Sun­day morn­ing to see the se­ries be­ing re­peated.

“It brought all the magic back and stood the test of time de­spite be­ing 25 years old! I won­dered what Sean was up to and, now the in­ter­net’s been in­vented, searched his name, found his web­site and de­cided to drop him a line.

“I told him what I did for a liv­ing now and that it would be great to chat to him on my ra­dio show and re­mind other In­ter­cep­tor fans how great the show was and he agreed to come on.

“It was a de­light to talk to him and find out he’s not nearly as scary as he came across when I was 13!”

Sean re­vealed that the show has a celebrity fan, in the form of Hol­ly­wood star Kevin Dil­lon. En­tourage star Dil­lon and Sean were room-mates back in 1986, and have stayed in touch. Sean and his fam­ily at­tended the pre­miere of the En­tourage movie last month, at the in­vi­ta­tion of Kevin.

The ac­tor, who now lives in Ayr­shire, said: “I was talk­ing with Kevin and he said our shows were both on on-de­mand TV.

“He said he loved In­ter­cep­tor, and I told him he was talk­ing rub­bish as he’d never have seen it. He told me it was on-de­mand, and we went down to the ho­tel re­cep­tion and he asked them to put it on and there it was, on Sky on-de­mand – En­tourage and In­ter­cep­tor, side by side!

“Kevin said he loved the show and had shown it to his friends, who thought it was great too!”

Visit www.bbc.co.uk/pro­grammes/ p02v0cd6 to hear Louisa’s show.

He’s not nearly as scary as he came across when I was 13

Scary Sean O’Kane ter­ri­fies one of the In­ter­cep­tor con­tes­tants

Mean Sean as the In­ter­cep­tor in 1989

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