Laura Fraser is the lady of The Loch

Laura Fraser on co-star­ring with Siob­han Fin­neran as cops on the trail of a se­rial killer prey­ing on a re­mote Scot­tish com­mu­nity

TV Times - - News - Judy Ewens

The Loch sun­day / itv / 9.00Pm

The stun­ning scenery of the Scot­tish High­lands is the evoca­tive set­ting for ITV’S haunt­ing six-part crime drama The Loch, in which a seem­ingly idyl­lic ru­ral com­mu­nity is ter­rorised by a se­rial killer. Just as no one re­ally knows what lies be­neath the wa­ters of Loch Ness, the in­hab­i­tants of nearby town Lochne­foy don’t know if one of their own is a mur­derer.

‘The lo­ca­tion is a big part of the show,’ says The Miss­ing’s Laura Fraser, who heads the stel­lar cast as lo­cal de­tec­tive sergeant An­nie Red­ford. ‘What sets this drama apart is the ter­ri­fy­ing thought that a cold-blooded se­rial killer could be some­one within the com­mu­nity. The mon­ster lurking be­neath the sur­face could be liv­ing next door.’

The night­mare for the res­i­dents be­gins when the body of a lo­cal man is found at the foot of a moun­tain and a post mortem re­veals that he was mur­dered and a sliver of his brain was re­moved.

Brought in to lead the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion is Glas­gow-based DCI Lau­ren Quigley, played by Happy Val­ley’s Siob­han Fin­neran, whose forth­right man­ner doesn’t en­dear her to lo­cal chief in­spec­tor Frank Sm­i­lie (John Ses­sions).

Glas­gow-born star Laura,

40, tells us more…

How would you de­scribe your char­ac­ter An­nie? An­nie is a wife, a mother and a cop in a town near Loch

Ness. She has lived and worked there her whole life. It’s her com­mu­nity and she feels very pro­tec­tive of it, but, at the same time, she has got all this po­ten­tial that she’s never used.

She has never fur­thered her ca­reer, so she has stayed a de­tec­tive con­sta­ble. This is her first mur­der case and she’s thrilled to meet Siob­han Fin­neran’s char­ac­ter as she would like to em­u­late her.

What is An­nie’s relationship with Siob­han’s DCI Quigley? Quigley thinks An­nie is bit of a numpty. The se­nior of­fi­cer thinks she’s in a back­wa­ter and just wants to get in, solve the case and get the hell out of there, whereas An­nie is des­per­ately try­ing to prove her­self to her. An­nie has had no ex­pe­ri­ence of a mur­der case, so she re­ally is be­ing led. At the same time, Quigley is tap­ping her for lo­cal in­for­ma­tion and, al­though An­nie makes mis­takes, she turns out to have quite good in­stincts.

What was it like work­ing with Happy Val­ley star Siob­han?

I of­ten get in­tim­i­dated by peo­ple I ad­mire, but I re­laxed with her straight away be­cause she is so gor­geously down to earth and so funny. In fact, she made me laugh so much I was amazed when I watched the first episode that you couldn’t see us laugh­ing. There was a lot of gig­gling – it was very un­pro­fes­sional!

How does An­nie feel about foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist Blake Al­brighton ar­riv­ing in town? She’s thrilled to meet him be­cause she’s read the book he’s writ­ten about his life work­ing as a foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist. It’s her equiv­a­lent of meet­ing Al Pa­cino. Blake is flashy and she thinks that’s a wee bit silly be­cause she’s a bit old­fash­ioned. Blake and Quigley com­ing to An­nie’s town is like a dream come true and she can’t quite cope with it. She is try­ing to re­main calm, but she’s a bit at sea, so she’s try­ing to prove her­self.

How does An­nie han­dle her own daugh­ter be­ing ques­tioned over the case? An­nie is fu­ri­ous with her. There are all th­ese rup­tures within her fam­ily. The daugh­ter is plan­ning to go to Aus­tralia and

there is a lot of re­pressed re­sent­ment in An­nie to­wards her hus­band Alan [Coronation Street’s Gray O’brien] be­cause she never took the ca­reer path she wanted and she blames him for not sup­port­ing her. Mean­while, a se­rial killer is caus­ing ma­jor frac­tures in the com­mu­nity.

There’s this pa­per-thin ve­neer of civil­i­sa­tion that’s ripped apart by the killer.

This is quite a dark crime drama and you did The Miss­ing be­fore this. Can you switch off when you get home af­ter film­ing?

I can’t. I would love to be able to. It wasn’t so bad on this, but it was re­ally aw­ful on The Miss­ing. I think a lot of the cast and crew were af­fected by the sub­ject mat­ter.

When your friends and fam­ily ask who the killer is in your dra­mas, do you tell them?

Oh, I tell my fam­ily. My mum asked me who had done it in The Miss­ing and I told her, then she pre­tended to my dad that she had guessed!

Fi­nally, do you be­lieve in Nessie? It’s not like the tooth fairy or

Santa, where you be­lieve in them un­til you’re about seven. No­body be­lieves in the Loch Ness Mon­ster!

The mon­ster lurking be­neath

the sur­face could be liv­ing

next door

Bon­ing up: A stu­dent prank could con­tain a deadly se­cret

Men­tor: Quigley ar­rives to help An­nie on the case

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