Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Cops Line Up to Get the Bad Guys in Cuffs; Forget Procedural Police Dramas, Cuffs Is an Exciting New Look at the Day-to-Day Lives and Dramas of British Coppers, Says the BBC. KEELEY BOLGER Finds out More

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Cops Line Up to Get the Bad Guys in Cuffs; Forget Procedural Police Dramas, Cuffs Is an Exciting New Look at the Day-to-Day Lives and Dramas of British Coppers, Says the BBC. KEELEY BOLGER Finds out More

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Byline: KEELEY BOLGER

IT'S an arresting sight. On a beach in Shoreham, one police officer, stab vest covered by an old jacket, trills Barry Manilow's Copacabana. To his left, a group of his younger colleagues sign the words "seaside cops" with their hands.

Not typical cop behaviour, perhaps, but then they are the stars of Cuffs, a new BBC1 police drama. After a busy shoot in and around Brighton, the cast are approaching the end of their time working together. There's a definite party atmosphere in the ranks, with plenty of teasing, singing and practising moody stares into the distance for the photo shoot.

The BBC's first new drama commission for an 8pm audience in eight years, the eight-part series comes loaded with big expectations.

Set in Brighton, Cuffs follows the everyday ups and downs of being in the police force, from unearthing a cannabis farm in a suburban semi to prising a shotgun from an elderly farmer's wife.

But who is in the series, and what can they reveal about the show? Before the action unfolds next week, we examine the evidence.

AMANDA ABBINGTON MR Selfridge actress Amanda Abbington enjoyed playing the "talented" but conflicted DS Jo Moffat.

"She loves arresting criminals but her home life is a bit of a mess," says the actress. "She's divorced and lives with her dog, and is having an affair with someone she shouldn't be having an affair with."

As well as enjoying getting stuck into her storyline, Amanda has her eye on some of the props.

"I'm trying to nick the cuffs and the warrant card, so if anyone upsets me when I'm driving, I can pretend I'm a police officer," she jokes.

SHAUN DOOLEY BEST known for playing Rickie Gillespie in Broadchurch, Dooley - who was the one singing Copacabana earlier - plays "family guy" DC Carl Hawkins.

While there are many police dramas on the block, Shaun reckons there's a good chance Cuffs will stand up.

"Either it will stick and people will love it, or it won't," he explains. "It's about the characters, I think, and what's nice about this one is it's not just us walking around and having a drink problem. You see the cops and the detectives working side by side; you get that mix, which you don't get in your typical cop drama."

PAUL READY STAGE actor Paul Ready, who plays introverted DI Felix Kane in Cuffs, is fond of the comic touch in the series.

"There's a gallows humour," explains Paul, who recently starred as Lee in cult series Utopia.

"Having to deal with such terrible things, if you don't laugh about it then you'll pay a heavy price. I think police officers pay a heavy price anyway."

ASHLEY WALTERS FORMER So Solid Crew member and Top Boy actor Ashley Walters plays the "very regimented" PC Ryan Draper.

It's a meaty role for Ashley to get his teeth into.

"Ryan's got a military background and is trying to follow the book all the time," he says. …

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