TV star and scriptwriter lift the lid on screen ca­reers at uni talk

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CAR­O­LINE WIL­SON

LINE of Duty cre­ator Jed Mer­cu­rio has re­vealed how Martin Comp­ston only breaks his English ac­cent when he’s ‘drunk or watch­ing Celtic and shout­ing at the TV.’

Bri­tish tele­vi­sion’s most suc­cess­ful writer, whose cred­its also in­clude the smash-hit drama Body­guard, said he had known the Greenock-born star for three months be­fore he heard his West of Scot­land brogue.

The pair took time out from film­ing for the lat­est, ea­gerly awaited se­ries in Belfast, to host an ex­clu­sive Q&A with 250 scriptwrit­ing stu­dents from Glas­gow Cale­do­nian Univer­sity.

Comp­ston, who is soon to be seen in Mary Queen of Scots along­side Mar­got Rob­bie and Saoirse Ro­nan, also told how his co-star Adrian Dun­bar ‘fell asleep’ dur­ing one of the hit drama’s tense and lengthy in­ter­ro­ga­tion scenes.

The ac­tor, who plays DS Steve Arnot, said the last scene filmed was ‘28-29 pages long’ and re­vealed his co-star, who plays Su­per­in­ten­dent Ted Hast­ings, wasn’t as gripped as TV view­ers.

Mer­cu­rio also re­called his shock at hear­ing Comp­ston drop­ping the English ac­cent he uses in the show for the first time, off the set.

He said: “Only two things make him break the ac­cent drink and Celtic when he’s shout­ing at the TV.”

Comp­ston, who re­ceived an hon­ourary de­gree from GCU ear­lier this year, said: “I owe my whole ca­reer to Ken Loach, who took a chance on me, and Jed, who put me in front of a wide au­di­ence.”

Pro­fes­sor Ann Marie Di Mam­bro, who teaches GCU’s MA TV Fic­tion Writ­ing course. said: “Jed’s visit was an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents to get in­sight and in­spi­ra­tion from one of the best writ­ers in the UK.

“It was also in­valu­able for them to ask some­one of Martin Comp­ston’s stand­ing what ac­tors look for in a script and what they bring to it.”

Martin Comp­ston and Jed Mer­cu­rio

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