Mur­der on the Black­pool Ex­press

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TV Times - - Contents - Caren Clark

An Agatha Christie-in­spired mur­der-mys­tery spoof – what’s not to love? Comedian and ac­tor Johnny Ve­gas tells us about head­ing the all-star cast, which in­cludes Car Share’s Sian Gib­son, Una Stubbs and Nigel Havers…

There’s no sign of Her­cule Poirot or Miss Marple in Gold’s new com­edy drama Mur­der on the Black­pool Ex­press, but the star-stud­ded one-off who­dunit plays fond homage to Agatha Christie’s finest with red her­rings, sin­is­ter clues and grue­some corpses aplenty.

It cen­tres on long-suf­fer­ing coach driver Terry, played by Benidorm’s Johnny Ve­gas, and tour guide Gemma

(Car Share’s Sian Gib­son), who are try­ing to give their de­mand­ing pas­sen­gers a coach trip to remember as they visit the lo­ca­tions used in a mys­tery writer’s nov­els. But when the tourists grad­u­ally start be­ing bumped off in ways that re­sem­ble the nov­els, who is re­spon­si­ble?

TV Times climbs aboard the death coach with Johnny, 47, to find out more… How would you sum up the fea­ture-length com­edy? Gemma runs this down-atheel coach com­pany and it’s re­ally their last chance trip to make some money. But strange things are afoot. They sud­denly re­alise that these can’t just be ac­ci­dents and that they might all be in danger, so Terry, who is sus­pi­cious from the start, takes charge.

What’s Terry like?

He’s an un­am­bi­tious guy who’s had a lot of dis­ap­point­ments in his life, but he has held a se­cret torch for Gemma for a while. There’s a lovely chem­istry be­tween them, but

he doesn’t think any­thing will come of it. But then what hap­pens on the coach brings out the best in him, so Gemma starts to see him in a dif­fer­ent light…

The cast list is in­cred­i­ble…

If you’d told me that one day

I’d be sit­ting on a coach with

Una Stubbs and Nigel Havers and all these other amazing peo­ple, I wouldn’t have be­lieved it. I had to keep pinch­ing my­self. It was good see­ing Sheila Reid from Benidorm again and Griff Rhys Jones was great fun. We couldn’t get through scenes for laugh­ing, even when we were stand­ing over a be­headed corpse.

What was it like film­ing the scenes in Black­pool?

Great. I used to go to Black­pool as a kid, we’d al­ways go to see the il­lu­mi­na­tions. It was lovely film­ing in the Tower be­cause I had never been up there be­fore, so it was an­other tick off the bucket list. I vis­ited the Com­edy Car­pet too and saw my quotes on it, which was nice.

Are you a fan of whodunits?

I do like a mur­der mys­tery and I was a mas­sive fan of Columbo and my mum has al­ways got some­thing like CSI on. She’s ad­dicted to them. We just went on hol­i­day to Wales and I had a full week of Vera. But if I am watch­ing some­thing and I’m the smart Alec who guesses the vil­lain, I tend to keep it to my­self. I don’t like be­ing wrong!

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