Bri­tish thriller looks at dou­ble deal­ings in Hong Kong.

John Simm talks about his star­ring role in SoHo2’s new Bri­tish thriller White Dragon in which he plays a pro­fes­sor whose life is thrown up­side down by the death of his wife. James Ramp­ton re­ports.

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Few ac­tors do dazed and con­fused bet­ter than John Simm – think of the look of per­pet­ual baf­fle­ment when his mod­ern-day de­tec­tive Sam Tyler was con­fronted by the prac­tices of the 1970s cop Gene Hunt (Philip Glenis­ter) in the Bri­tish se­ries Life On Mars.

So Simm is ide­ally cast as Jonah, the lead in White Dragon, a new Bri­tish thriller. Jonah is a Bri­tish pro­fes­sor whose life is turned up­side down when his wife Me­gan (Dervla Kir­wan) dies in a car crash in Hong Kong.

To iden­tify her body, Jonah has to over­come his fear of fly­ing and go to Hong Kong. But as he in­ves­ti­gates Me­gan’s life, he un­cov­ers a string of dark se­crets. He is dev­as­tated as he be­gins to re­alise that his wife was lead­ing a dou­ble life.

To add to his woes, the au­thor­i­ties who are pur­port­ing to help him turn out to be far from trust­wor­thy. The deeper he delves, the more unset­tled he feels.

Talk­ing to the TV Guide between scenes in the Happy Seafood restau­rant in Lau Fau Shan on the shore of the Kowloon Penin­sula in Hong Kong, Simm has the same mag­netic en­ergy he dis­plays on screen. He is an en­gag­ing – and en­gaged – pres­ence.

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