THE SILENT LAND
TONY SELBY - Vic Bishop
Tony Selby was kept guessing about his character's innocence or guilt in Midsomer Murders.
"When I read the script I thought Vic could have been either the murderer or a red herring, and I didn't have any idea up until the last few pages. Right up to the death, so to speak."
Vic Bishop is landlord of the pub in March Magna.
"He's a bit of a failure. He and his wife have had enough of life. The pub has gone down the tubes because they didn't look after it properly or get enough punters. It's very close to the old hospital where people are dying and there are rumours of a ghost. Maybe they've been affected by that, and the credit crunch."
Tony was delighted to be offered a role in the long-running drama.
"I was thinking 'why haven't I ever done one of these?' We love it on a cold winter night when it's raining outside and we are lovely and warm and watching by the fire! So I was dead chuffed when I was offered the part."
"I worked with John Nettles on Bergerac and we have known each other a long time. When I got out of my car, John shouted 'hello young Selby' - that is really nice when you are 71 years old!
"I've also been a fan of Jason Hughes since This Life and I was pleased as a viewer when he joined the series. I also knew Danny Webb, Rupert Holliday Evans, David Sibley and Aden Gillett so it was smashing, turning up to work and enjoying it enormously."
ADEN GILLET - Ian Kent
Aden Gillett was joined in Midsomer Murders by another member of his family - his dog!
"My character Ian Kent has a dog which was my own, an Italian Spinone called Echo. She performed brilliantly and I was incredibly proud. I am normally very sweet with her but my character is unpleasant and she was a bit shocked to be treated like that. She was a bit startled but still very obedient.
"The only tricky thing was getting her to run, as she is not a stunt dog, me saying 'run' didn't work. So I stood about 15ft from the camera and ran like hell with a biscuit and then she did it!"
Ian Kent is an academic and finds the body of a librarian in the cemetery.
Explains Aden: "Ian is embittered and very self involved - obsessive. He is an Oxbridge don involved in very arcane aspects of history that no-one else is interested in. He's a little man in his head, although I am quite tall, and he has a bad relationship with his wife, whom he is jealous of.
"Despite that, he's not really a bad man, just not terribly nice. I enjoyed playing him thoroughly, probably too much."
Aden was pleased to work with John Nettles and Jason Hughes.
"About six years ago I was in a show called Betrayal by Pinter and John saw it three times and took all the cast out to a champagne lunch at the Waldorf afterwards. I also spent my adolescence in Guernsey in the 70s and my parents still live on the island. I was collaring him on the Channel Islands to get a job on Bergerac!
"I had also worked with Jason at Bath in a play called 'Design for Living' and loved working with him again in Midsomer, along with Danny Webb and Emma Fielding, who played my wife."
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