Harry Lloyd plays cold war­rior and re­formed douchebag Peter Quayle

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Lloyd ad­mits that Peter Quayle, di­rec­tor of strat­egy at the Of­fice of In­ter­change, was in­tro­duced in the show as a “smug, pub­lic school-ed­u­cated douchebag” who wanted the pres­tige of his cushy job but “wasn’t in­ter­ested in the moral im­pli­ca­tions of all this es­pi­onage”. But now Quayle is “deep in the shit. There’s nowhere he can turn. What­ever hap­pens, he’s go­ing to lose ei­ther his job, his wife, his baby, or ev­ery­thing. So he’s forced to make de­ci­sions, and you find out what he’s ac­tu­ally made of, which is sur­pris­ing.”


Lloyd stays tight-lipped about whether we’ll meet Peter Quayle Prime from the other side this sea­son but does re­veal that the reg­u­lar cast mem­bers do know who their char­ac­ters’ dop­pel­gängers are. “We are all aware of who our char­ac­ter’s coun­ter­part is – or was – whether the show has re­vealed it yet or not. So I know who Peter Quayle Prime is – though I won’t let on – but you’ll have to wait and see if you get to meet him this sea­son. Let’s just say,” he teases, “if it’s not al­ready on the cards I would very much like it to be.”


It’s the sub­tlety of the dif­fer­ences be­tween the two worlds that re­ally fas­ci­nates Lloyd. “Some­how the cold war theme and the spy games re­ally fit with the sci-fi, and I like the look of it. I like all the geeky de­tails – like how, since the flu on their side wiped out mil­lions of peo­ple, all their tech­nol­ogy is very med­i­cal based. They’ve be­come re­ally ad­vanced in medicine, whereas we have the smart­phones and all that kinds of stuff. The bulbs are dif­fer­ent on their side. They’re all halo­gen lamps. The dif­fer­ences are sub­tle. It’s not a huge sci-fi romp. It’s just an idea that’s played out log­i­cally.”


Lit­tle is known about the new char­ac­ter played by James Cromwell (Star Trek: First

Con­tact) but Lloyd was im­pressed with the ac­tor’s com­mit­ment. “James is fan­tas­tic. He turned up on day one and had an eight-page scene with Howard that he had to de­liver in a Ger­man ac­cent, hav­ing flown in from Europe, and hav­ing binge-watched sea­son one in three days. He was phe­nom­e­nal. It was a great plea­sure to meet him.”

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