Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Didn't Want to Just Do the Same Thing All the Time; from the Rain-Drenched Corrie Cobbles to the Grim Crime Scenes of Law & Order: UK, Bradley Walsh's Filming Locations Aren't Usually Very Glamorous. So the Actor and Presenter Couldn't Wait to Slap on the Factor 30 to Play an Ex-Pat in New BBC One Comedy SunTrap, as JEANANNE CRAIG Finds Out

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Didn't Want to Just Do the Same Thing All the Time; from the Rain-Drenched Corrie Cobbles to the Grim Crime Scenes of Law & Order: UK, Bradley Walsh's Filming Locations Aren't Usually Very Glamorous. So the Actor and Presenter Couldn't Wait to Slap on the Factor 30 to Play an Ex-Pat in New BBC One Comedy SunTrap, as JEANANNE CRAIG Finds Out

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Byline: JEANANNE CRAIG

What attracted you to the show? "I'M A big fan of iconic TV shows like Magnum, P.I. and Minder. I just thought, 'Well, if they can sort of replicate that and get the chemistry right...'.

"I met Kayvan [Novak, Fonejacker funny man and SunTrap star] and I really liked him, and there was just no option for me, I had to say yes.

"I'd spent so many years being a downtrodden detective [in Law & Order: UK] standing on Hammersmith Bridge at 6am getting rained on and snowed on and beeped at, and I thought, 'What a change of direction and career if I go and do that in Gran Canaria'."

Tell us a bit about your character, Brutus... "BRUTUS is an ex-Fleet Street, hard-bitten, sort of late 1970s, early 1980s journalist - the grizzly, heavy-drinking bloke who'd wear the big fat braces, hair slicked back, big cigar, that sort of larger-than-life character.

"The name Brutus is perfect for him. He takes a young investigative reporter called Woody under his wing, then something happens in Brutus' life where he has to get out of England.

"He sells everything and goes to live on a Spanish island. He's opened up a bar and he's having a whale of a time, then all of a sudden Woody ends up on his doorstep and his life takes a horrific turn!" Would the ex-pat life appeal to you? "I LOVE my country, I really do, but to be able to wake up and it's sunny, all day? That would just be gorgeous. I'd probably play golf, and then get bored of that. I enjoy working."

What was your favourite moment during filming? "I LOVE pirates, I love everything about them. I'm a big kid at heart and I'm a big fan of the Pirates Of The Caribbean films.

"We filmed the last episode on a pirate ship. A guy running a piratethemed business is being done out of work by someone who runs a bigger pirate ship, so we have to infiltrate the ship dressed as pirates.

"It's completely ludicrous, but I had an absolute ball. I sat on the back of this pirate ship in my pirate costume taking selfies - and I'm a man of an age who hasn't even got a mobile phone! I was sitting on the poop deck going, 'I love this'."

There are some great guest stars on there. …

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