CHARLOTTE RILEY shows her vulnerable side...
DRAMA ITV HD, 9pm
In this week’s two instalments, DI Will ‘Staffe’ Wagstaffe (Tom Riley) investigates whether the fiancé of his sister (Charlotte Riley) has been harming her young son. Continues tomorrow.
Crime Drama Dark Heart
wednesday, Thursday, ITV HD, 9pm
FROM CRUSADING JOURNALIST Holly in Press to indomitable horse trainer May in Peaky Blinders, Charlotte Riley has played plenty of strong women in her time.
But while her current TV character – harassed single mum Juliette in ITV crime drama Dark Heart – is equally spirited, she also has a far more troubled side.
‘Dark Heart is bold and dark and gritty and I’ve never played a character like Juliette before,’ says the 36-year-old actress. ‘It has
been something really different for me. Juliette has a tough exterior, but she’s vulnerable.’
This week, in the second two-part story, there’s turmoil in store as an irate Juliette learns that her young son, Harry (Joseph Teague), who has been getting into trouble at school, has also been caught shoplifting.
Juliette’s brother, dogged DI
Will ‘Staffe’ Wagstaffe (Tom Riley), is investigating the bizarre death of a nurse, but tries to find out why Harry is misbehaving. He’s horrified to discover that, unknown to Juliette, his nephew has bruises that appear to have been caused by Juliette’s fiancé, Paulo (Edward Akrout).
As a gung-ho Will goes behind his sister’s back to confront cocky Paulo, there could be consequences for Juliette’s future happiness.
‘Will is a good uncle and was a father figure to Harry until Paulo came along, so it grates on Will having Paulo around,’ says Riley, who is married to actor Tom Hardy.
‘Juliette doesn’t make good choices and she’s blinkered about what her relationship is actually like. The more that Will suggests it’s not great, the more vehemently she sticks to her guns.’
Matters grow even more complicated between Will and Juliette when he unearths surprising information about the finances of their parents, who were murdered when he and Juliette were teenagers. But as he digs further, can Juliette help him with the answers to his questions?
‘They’ve both been hugely affected by the loss of their parents and have dealt with it in different ways but I think Juliette knows more than he does. There’s something that she’s holding back,’ teases Riley, who found that the on-screen bond with Tom Riley came very naturally.
‘I’ve never played a sister before and it’s an interesting dynamic because they love each other but rub each other up the wrong way,’ she says. ‘But Tom and I get on really well. Besides, everyone thinks that we are actual brother and sister because of our surname.’
EDWARD AKROUT AND CHARLOTTE RILEY AS PAULO AND JULIETTE
JULIETTE WITH BROTHER WILL AND SON HARRY