Adrian Lester on his new crime drama Riviera

Hus­tle star Adrian Lester on play­ing an­other shady char­ac­ter in a lav­ish new crime thriller

TV Times - - News - Riviera Thurs­day / sky at­lantic / 9.00pm Re­becca Ma­honey

Adrian Lester is known for play­ing the ul­ti­mate con­man, Mickey ‘Bricks’ Stone, in BBC1’S crime drama Hus­tle. But af­ter steer­ing away from sim­i­lar roles over the past five years, he’s ex­cited to be back fool­ing the rich, fa­mous and dan­ger­ous in brand-new crime thriller Riviera on Sky At­lantic this week.

Cre­ated by Neil Jor­dan, di­rec­tor of the Os­car-win­ning 1992 film The Cry­ing Game, the 10-part drama is set on the French Riviera and sees Adrian play art dealer Robert Carver, who helps his friend Georgina (Hol­ly­wood star Julia Stiles) when her bil­lion­aire hus­band Con­stan­tine is killed in an ex­plo­sion on a yacht.

We spoke to Adrian, 48, to find out more about the se­ries…

How does Robert fit into the glam­orous world of Riviera? Robert trained in the same art class as Georgina; he’s an art dealer and she’s a cu­ra­tor, and they’ve had some sort of ro­man­tic en­tan­gle­ment.

She trusts him, and he would do any­thing for her, so when she thinks all is not what it seems with her hus­band’s death, he of­fers his help.

What’s his po­si­tion in the art world? Robert is on the shadier side. It’s quite com­mon for peo­ple who buy a piece of art to have a re­ally good re­pro­duc­tion on their wall while the orig­i­nal is locked away. He knows peo­ple who pro­duce forg­eries, and how to break into places to steal things.

How does Robert com­pare with Hus­tle’s Mickey Stone? There’s a sim­i­lar­ity in the way they work the world, which is not nec­es­sar­ily law­ful, but they have a strong code of hon­our and a loyal team.

Film­ing on the French Riviera must have been a nice perk of the job... There are worse places to work! But what re­ally pulled me to­wards the show was be­ing able to di­rect two episodes. That was a great ex­pe­ri­ence, and di­rect­ing my­self was, erm, fun!

Did you meet any rich and fa­mous res­i­dents while you were there?

I might have met the odd mil­lion­aire when I was out and about, but I’m try­ing to up­grade to a bil­lion­aire. Maybe on the next trip!

I might have met the odd mil­lion­aire, but I’m try­ing to up­grade

to a bil­lion­aire

Georgina and robert try to get to the art of the mat­ter Star Adrian acted and di­rected on Riviera robert Carver

(Adrian Lester) Georgina’s old friend deals in the darker side of the art mar­ket. Can he be trusted?

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