Oh, an­other star-stud­ded crime drama

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

There’s a nag­ging sense of deja vu about ITV this week...

Only seven days ago, the broad­caster sched­uled new crime drama Para­noid fea­tur­ing an im­pres­sive cast. This week, we’ve got an­other en­try in the genre (The Level, Friday, ITV, 9pm) to get our­teethinto- andguess what? That’s right, it’s full of big name stars.

Among those to look out for are such sea­soned per­form­ers as Philip Glenis­ter, Robert James-Col­lier, Lind­say Coul­son, Noel Clarke and Amanda Bur­ton. How­ever, it’s a rel­a­tively lit­tle­known ac­tress who takes the lead role.

Fans of Mis­fits, Un­der the Dome and Pris­on­ers’ Wives may recog­nise Karla Crome, who plays up-and­com­ing young DS Nancy Devlin here.

“Nancy is a high-fly­ing, am­bi­tious de­tec­tive sergeant who works for the Na­tional Crime Di­vi­sion, a fic­tional po­lice unit in Lon­don,” says Crome of the role. “She has worked her way up pretty quickly. Then she be­comes in­volved in a case which takes her back to her home town of Brighton and forces her to face some fam­ily demons she was deal­ing with when she was grow­ing up.

“There is this work-life con­flict that she has go­ing on which means all ar­eas of her life are col­lid­ing in a way she doesn’t want them to.”

While grow­ing up, Nancy, who had a trou­bled back­ground, was best friends with Hay­ley, whose dad Frank be­came a sur­ro­gate father to her. When she re­turns to Brighton, Nancy is able to rekin­dle her re­la­tion­ships with them both, but as Frank is some­what dodgy, to say the least, news of their close­ness would cer­tainly raise eye­brows if it were to be­come com­mon knowl­edge.

How­ever, there’s worse to come when she un­wit­tingly be­comes caught up in a murde rlinked to Frank. She’s as­signed to the team in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case so must cover her tracks while try­ing to find the killer - lit- tle re­al­is­ing that the vil­lain is closer to home than she thought pos­si­ble.

It’s a great role for C rome, who ad­mits she’s a fan of the crime genre.

“I thought it was def­i­nitely some­thing I would watch ,” she claims be­fore re­veal­ing how lit­tle she knew about the plot be­fore film­ing be­gan.

“The di­rec­tor, Andy God­dard, didn’t want any of the cast to know who the killer was. So I didn’t know un­til half way through film­ing.

“But I guessed right,” she adds. “I enjoyed be­ing a de­tec­tive. I sup­pose I was good at solv­ing this one be­cause I was so closely in­volved with it and I was ask­ing my­self re­ally spe­cific ques­tions. Ob­vi­ously the mem­ber of the cast play­ing the cul­prit knew they ’d done it, so I was in­ter­view­ing peo­ple af­ter the cam­era stopped rolling to try and work it out!”

For­tu­nately, Crome isn’t go­ing to give away any se­crets - the last thing we­want is for her to let the cat out of the bag be­fore the show has even be­gun.

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