Uk news Power games and wordplay: Lee Ingleby talks Criminal season 2 London news
MetiNews.Com - Television over the past decade has become undeniably bigger, more expansive and more expensive, often eclipsing the thrills that were once solely provided by the cinema. It’s rare, then, for a new show to go smaller - but in the case of Criminal, less is much, much more.
Breaking News ! Television over the past decade has become undeniably bigger, more expansive and more expensive, often eclipsing the thrills that were once solely provided by the cinema. It’s rare, then, for a new show to go smaller - but in the case of Criminal, less is much, much more. The Netflix series returns for its second season with the same conceit: four episodes, four guest stars, but just one location. Each episode analyses a new criminal case, with the entire story playing out solely in the interview room. The series then becomes as much a detective show as it is about human behaviour itself; the concentration on one room, with suspects placed under harsh lights, faced with an oppressive one-way mirror and speaking to the toughest interviewers in the game, allows for the subtle ways in which humans try to disarm, outplay and overpower each other rise to the surface. Lee Ingleby returns for the second season alongside Katherine Kelly, Rochenda Sandall and Shubham Saraf, a small, close-knit team of investigators with an array of strengths between them. This season’s accused: Sophie Okonedo, Kit Harington, Sharon Horgan and Kunall Nayyer. Ingleby’s Tony is methodical, rule-abiding and dedicated, for better and worse in his pursuit of justice. “I really love playing Tony - I like his technicality,” says Ingleby. “I like the fact that he's measured. He uses the rules within the boundaries, he knows what to do, he knows how to read people - he may not always be right, but he pushes when it's right. (Colin Hutton/Netflix) “If there's a rule book, he's read it, he knows it inside out, and he works on his homework,” he says. “I really love those things where it's all about wordplay, and the writing that comes through where the suspect says something, then it comes back to haunt them later on, because Tony's picked up on that and used it against them.” The brilliance of Criminal, says Ingleby, lies in the power games and wordplay. “It’s the tips and the techniques that the cop has used to pile on the pressure, or to sit back and let people stew in their own juices. The rules of how long a pause you leave, when you keep looking, making them try and explain their way out of things. Looking disapprovingly can somebody crumble, despite the fact that nothing is said at all.” Despite its intimate focus, Criminal manages to explore an impressively broad range of topics, not just in the criminal cases - which cover murder, rape and vigilantism - but also the very nature of work itself, and the difficulty of leaving one’s personal life at the door.
“It’s those little moments of drinking tea, or someone having to come in on a Sunday, things that George writes like at the end of a couple of the episodes, my character’s left in the room, and he's kind of affected by it. He's not just like, ‘job done, off we go,’” says Ingleby.
“There's almost a sort of weariness to Tony, of society, and what we do for a living, and how it affects people,” he says. “Especially even more so now, you know. My sister's a nurse, and it's not so much the story she tells me of what her day was, it’s what happens once she's home. Is she able to wash away that day, that week, that death?
“You don't have to hammer it home,” he continues. “It's just those little paint strokes of what you think of a case, how it affects you, how it leaves you, how it sits with you in the room. And I think George writes that so brilliantly, and Jim (Field Smith) as a director captures those moments - just little looks, little intakes of breath, and I think it's just those little nuances that really make it. It makes you lean forward as a viewer.”
Ingelby was excited to go toe-to-toe with this season’s excellent roster of guest stars, and says the thrill was allowing himself to be surprised by his scene partner’s interpretation of a script. The fourth episode, which stars Kunal Nayyer (The Big Bang Theory) as a calculating convicted killer, a role far from his comedic roots, was a strong example.
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“With Kunal’s episode, there's so many ways you could play that character,” says Ingleby “I didn't really have an idea of how he was going to play it at all. Especially because I knew who the actor was, and the only thing I knew him from was essentially The Big Bang Theory.
“When he started, it was like, ‘wow, this is so leftfield from what I thought.’ And it's really exciting, because again, he's more known for comedy, and this character is anything but - a very intense character, but with a lightness of touch.”
Criminal seasons one and two are available to stream on Netflix now.
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