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Ciarán Hinds admits he's relieved the team are faced with a less gruesome case in the new Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent.
"In the first two series of Above Suspicion we saw some horribly dismembered female corpses and weird misogyny. I'm pleased we're not dealing with that in this series. I didn't have to look at the imagery, but I had to listen to the reports and that in itself was quite horrible because of the inhumanity of it all.
"Deadly Intent is very different because it's linked to drugs. There is murder as well but it's not so gruesome."
In Deadly Intent the team are sent to investigate the shooting of ex-detective Frank Brandon at a drugs squat in an East London estate. Following further investigation, they discover a plot to sell a lethal drug called Fentanyl in the UK.
"The interesting thing about this case is that the team don't even know what they're after to begin with. They're in the dark; not quite knowing what they're dealing with and how it will escalate, and meanwhile the person behind it all is always one step ahead." Ciarán explains that although Langton is now Detective Chief Superintendent, it doesn't stop him from taking command and leading the team on their most challenging case yet.
"Langton has been promoted to Chief Superintendent. Theoretically, he should be overseeing five or six cases at once. I think whatever happens he seems to see himself at the forefront. He's like the paterfamilias, the father of the family.
"Langton steams onto this case because it involves an ex-copper, Frank Brandon, and it's personal for him. He knew Frank and although Frank wasn't the straightest of coppers, he gave 25 years to the service. Langton feels a bind of loyalty towards him, and there is also the added pressure that an ex-detective has been shot in a drugs squat.
"Also, Mike Lewis, who is steady and loyal to the cause, is meant to head up the investigation but he is suffering a personal tragedy that affects him running the case as he's meant to. As a result Langton can't help but take over."
Langton jumps straight into the investigation and finds himself working once again with the newly promoted Detective Inspector Anna Travis. Having been previously rebuffed by Travis, Ciarán admits that despite Langton's best efforts he still holds affection for her and feels pangs of jealously towards any male admirers.
|...He has a passion for her that really he shouldn't have and this unsettles him.|
"He has a passion for her that really he shouldn't have and this unsettles him. It doesn't feel right because he knew her father and wouldn't want anything to affect their work. He puts anything he can in between them to try to push his feelings away, whether it's his rage, being the boss, or acting like a father to her.
"Travis is very comfortable around Langton but I think it's because she sees him more as a father figure, which is upsetting for him as well. Meanwhile, all these young men come in flashing their credentials trying to get her attention. Travis has always had admirers and whilst Langton feels twinges of jealously he doesn't act on it.
"In another breath he finds her infuriating, particularly because she has a habit of going off on her own and not sharing the information she finds with the team. She has been with the team for a few years now and should know better. Travis is a smart cookie and a great detective and Langton knows this; he admires her ingenuity and her instinct but still gets frustrated by her actions.
"It's hard to say where the relationship between Langton and Travis is going; we're dependent on Lynda's scripts for the answers!"
Speaking about Langton in Deadly Intent Ciarán says: "He is definitely on edge a lot more in this series. He is under pressure from the added responsibility of being a Chief Superintendent and he's driven by ambition to get to the top within the force. He won't let anyone get in his way and we see more and more frustration and anger in him. For example, towards the end Travis begins to see him in a different light. She sees the beast within him, which is a different side we've not seen yet.
"That beast is a mix of his frustration with the case, unfulfilled desire and ruthless ambition. When that culminates, it can produce a heavy concoction for rage, discombobulation and irrationality.
"I also think he seems to be quite lost, more so now in this series than ever. Again, we see no family life; all he has is his work - he's married to it and although he's worked his way up he's still not made it to the top, and that's where he wants to be."
Now into his third series of Above Suspicion, Ciarán claims it's great to return to a familiar role and reunite with his fellow cast members.
"Working on Above Suspicion has been a great experience. By chance, most of the things I've done in the past have been one-offs. I've found playing a returning character doesn't necessarily get easier, but it does fit better each time. You can still interpret things in a different way but there is a pulse in the centre of it.
|...I'm very different to Langton; well at least I hope I am!|
"I'm very different to Langton; well at least I hope I am! He has attitudes that are quite different from mine. He is a widely drawn character within a crime series. He's not a soft man by any means and he can be brutal in his delivery and very gung-ho."
"I've loved coming back to Above Suspicion each year and catching up with everyone.
Lynda is as popular as ever; she has a huge following and I'm pleased we've managed to maintain the standard."
Ciarán has established a long and hugely successful career in film, television and theatre with credits to his name including the multi award winning HBO mini-series Rome (2005-7), Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar winning film There Will be Blood (2007) and Steven Spielberg's epic Munich (2005). He returned from the Broadway stage where he had been starring in The Seafarer to take his role in Above Suspicion in 2008.
Speaking about his career Ciarán says: "I look back at the work I've done and see roles that were most enjoyable and some which were artistically pleasing but more often than not, I see a shared experience rather than a singular experience. For me the size of the role doesn't matter, what really makes me want to get involved is the whole story, the writing and the way it is structured. I consider myself to have been really lucky in my career and loyalty has meant a lot to me. My first huge break in film or television was Persuasion (1995). The opportunity was given to me by a wonderful director, Roger Michell who I'd worked with in theatre. Sam Mendes gave me an opportunity to work in film in America (Road to Perdition, 2002) for the first time and I'd worked with him in theatre as well. "Currently I've been doing John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by a brilliant Swedish director called Thomas Alfredson. It's got a line up of really great actors including Gary Oldman as "Smiley" and is set in the early 1970's during the Cold War. I've also been doing a film directed by James Watkins called The Woman in Black alongside Daniel Radcliffe, who is a joy to work with. For that role I've been driving him around in a 1970's Rolls Royce!"
The Woman in Black is Ciarán's second time working with Daniel Radcliffe; he also stars with him in the new Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as Albus Dumbledore's brother Aberforth.
"The last Harry Potter book is split into two parts and I am in the second part in a scene as Dumbledore's brother. I read several of them to my daughter Aoife, now 19, when she was younger. I've always liked the Harry Potter books, they are brilliantly written. They take you on journey and you don't have to be young to enjoy them."
Ciarán's film credits include John Carter of Mars, The Rite, Margot at the Wedding and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. His television credits include The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jane Eyre, Cold Lazarus and Prime Suspect.
Source: ITV Press Center
Date: December 10, 2010
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