In­former

New­comer Nab­haan Rizwan on tak­ing the lead role in a tense and com­plex con­spir­acy thriller

TV Times - - My Tv Times Week - Judy Ewens

TUES­DAY / BBC1

I’m suf­fer­ing Body­guard with­drawal symp­toms so I’m hop­ing this six-part con­spir­acy thriller, star­ring Paddy Con­si­dine, might help. TV new­comer Nab­haan Rizwan shares his ex­cite­ment about land­ing the lead role…

New Drama In­former Tues­day / bbc1 / 9Pm

Ay­oung man is liv­ing a care­free life un­til he’s forced to be­come an in­for­mant for a counter-ter­ror­ism unit in BBC1’S new thriller In­former.

The six-parter sees Paddy Con­si­dine (Peaky Blin­ders) star as counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cer Gabe Wa­ters, Bel Pow­ley (Benidorm) play his new part­ner Holly Morten, and new­comer Nab­haan Rizwan is the in­former of the ti­tle, sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion Pak­istani Raza Shar.

When happy-go-lucky east Lon­doner Raza com­mits a mi­nor drug of­fence, Gabe and Holly use it as lever­age to co­erce him into be­com­ing an in­for­mant. They must es­tab­lish whether a no­to­ri­ous ter­ror­ist re­cruited bombers in Lon­don and they need some­one who can freely move about the lo­cal com­mu­nity to pro­vide them with in­for­ma­tion.

The sit­u­a­tion is fur­ther com­pli­cated be­cause Gabe, who is mar­ried to Emily (Call the Mid­wife’s Jes­sica Raine), has a se­cret life which he has so far man­aged to keep hid­den – but Holly has bound­less cu­rios­ity.

TV Times met Nab­haan dur­ing a break in film­ing to find out more…

why does raza be­come an in­for­mant? Gabe has got some­thing on him. It’s not that big, but it snow­balls. And he’s cho­sen be­cause he’s a bit of a man-abouttown. He moves in many dif­fer­ent cir­cles in an area in east Lon­don where lots of peo­ple of dif­fer­ent classes and dif­fer­ent races ex­ist.

what does he have to do? He goes into parts of so­ci­ety that are sus­pected of ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity and they are not al­ways who you might sus­pect on the sur­face. He can eas­ily en­ter all those cir­cles and that makes him a de­sir­able

in­for­mant.

what first at­tracted you to the se­ries? The script jumped out at me. There are

Raza goes into parts of so­ci­ety that are sus­pected of ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­tyé

bril­liant char­ac­ter arcs. The way the char­ac­ters in­ter­act with each other is re­ally what drew me in.

This is your first Tv job and you have se­cured a lead role. How did you get the part?

I did about four au­di­tions! I had a good feel­ing about it be­cause some roles you go up for you’re qui­etly con­fi­dent. And with this, I con­nected with the char­ac­ter from day one and I knew I had a good chance. But the rest was up to the pow­ers that be.

did you feel a re­spon­si­bil­ity play­ing the ti­tle role?

My first day was nerve-rack­ing, but I tried not to think of it as a whole se­ries, I tried to break it down into pieces and that def­i­nitely helped my san­ity.

do you think you would make a good in­former in real life? No! I would be ter­ri­ble – I want to be in the pub­lic eye!

drama / 9pm / BBC1

The ex­cel­lent Paddy Con­si­dine stars as coun­tert­er­ror­ism of­fi­cer Gabe Wa­ters, who re­cruits young, sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion Pak­istani Raza Shar (Nab­haan Rizwan) to be his in­for­mant. Gabe and his part­ner Holly Morten (Bel Pow­ley) need to find out if a ter­ror­ist master­mind has es­tab­lished a net­work of bombers in east Lon­don, and Raza is to be their eyes and ears in the com­mu­nity. Raza is co­erced into the role and he must now lie to his fam­ily and friends, while Gabe has dark se­crets of his own. This top­i­cal thriller is in­volv­ing and grip­ping from the start, with new­comer Nab­haan an ab­so­lute nat­u­ral.

Raza is un­derpres­sure to pro­vide in­tel

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