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The Actors and Their Roles

Robert Lindsay as Detective Inspector Michael Jericho

David Troughton as Detective Sergeant Clive Harvey

Ciaran McMenamin as Detective Constable John Caldicott

Robert Lindsay on his role as Detective Inspector Michael Jericho:

Robert Lindsay grew up in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, one of three children in a close-knit family. He intended to become a drama teacher but friends persuaded him to apply to RADA. He borrowed £5 for the journey to London and was accepted by RADA in 1968. Lindsay made his film debut in 1973 in That'll Be The Day. He became a household name in the UK in 1977 as Wolfie in the sitcom Citizen Smith. Since then he has starred in numerous and diverse television series, feature films and stage productions, winning awards and plaudits on both sides of the Atlantic. His performance in Alan Bleasdale's GBH secured best actor awards from BAFTA and the RTS, and he won a BAFTA nomination for best actor for his role in Jake's Progress. On the stage he played the lead in Hamlet, Henry II in Becket, Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, Richard III and Fagin in Oliver, for which he received the Olivier award for Best Actor. Lindsay's performance in the musical Me And My Girl, which went from the West End to Broadway, won him many awards, including an Olivier and a Tony. Lindsay starred as Fagin in Masterpiece Theatre's Oliver Twist.

The '50s is one of my favorite periods of history. I remember growing up in Derbyshire; Christmas at home with all the family, and getting Hornby doublos {model train} sets... We listened to Round the Horne and Family Favourites on the radio. My dad loved jazz and the standards like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.

I remember the steamed up kitchen as Sunday lunch was cooking, and the overdone Brussels sprouts! It's all that nostalgia that has come back to me as we've been filming Jericho. It has allowed me to indulge in wonderful memories of a very happy time in my life.

I was born in December 1949. The war was over. People suddenly had council houses. We had a stove, we had a garden where Dad grew vegetables. We had long summers and winters where it snowed on Christmas Eve. We slept in cold beds because there was no central heating, just coal fires. It was so cold in my bedroom you could see my breath.

Jericho is extremely well known in the media. He has solved some high profile crimes. It makes it difficult for him when he goes out, because every body knows him. Jericho is a hero, and I've never played a hero. It transpires that Jericho's father was a corrupt policeman, who was taking backhanders from pimps and bookies. He wasn't doing anything that nobody else was doing at that time. This was pre-war London and the time of the black market.

Jericho is determined to find his father's killers or solve why he was killed. His mother is in a home and is still in shock after all these years. She is reluctant to talk about what happened, so Jericho has been left in the dark. He has awful recurring nightmares about the shooting. He cannot sleep because of these haunting nightmares. To get some relief he drinks himself stupid in a jazz club in Soho, called the Night Owl, which is frequented by people of the night, like an attractive woman called Juliette, a French prostitute.

She is also a wounded individual. She went through some awful experiences during the war in France at the hands of soldiers, and she has lost respect for her body. She is a very bright and self willed person. She does not enjoy being a prostitute. She and Jericho seem to enjoy propping each other up as friends.

Jericho is a complete workaholic, which makes him very difficult. He finds loyal support in his sidekicks, Harvey and Caldicott. He and Harvey have a long standing friendship. Jericho is at his most relaxed when he is with Harvey's family. They are the family he never had. I think he has locked himself away emotionally. Jericho does seem very cold. But he has amazing compassion. Because he is wounded he seems to get things out of people who are wounded. He is a clever detective. He is a man of the street. His sidekicks are always chasing to keep up with him.

Jericho's pocket watch is actually a silver Edwardian watch which was presented to me on the opening night of Me And My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre in 1985, and is inscribed. It is one of the personal things I cherish the most. Jericho plays with the watch like a rosary at times when he is under great stress, like when he is with particularly dangerous criminals.

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David Troughton on his role as Detective Sergeant Clive Harvey:

David Troughton is a leading member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has earned a reputation as one of Britain's finest classical actors with his performances as Henry IV, Richard II and more recently the Duke of Vienna in Measure for Measure. His television credits include King George V in the acclaimed production of All The King's Men, Mr. Ibbs in Fingersmith as well as In Denial of Murder, The Last Detective, Kavanagh QC and A Very Peculiar Practice. Troughton is the son of Doctor Who actor Patrick Troughton.

I remember the days when London was frequently blighted by thick smog, as in Jericho. I remember walking home from primary school in a really thick pea souper in the late '50s. People now wouldn't understand what smog is. It was amazing how quickly the Clean Air Act got rid of smog. But now the car is going to do the same thing to us.

There is a scene in an episode of Jericho where we lose the car because the smog is so thick. I can remember it being like that. It was also acid and sulphurous so your eyes would sting, you would cough because you were breathing in sulphur dioxide and all those awful gases.

You could not see your outstretched hand in front of you. You lost total sense of direction because the sound was coming from all around you, you couldn't pinpoint where it was coming from. It was very frightening.

Clive Harvey is a faithful Labrador to Jericho. They have known each other since they joined up for the army together before the Second World War. They are a double act in the fact that Jericho gets all the attention. But behind every good man there has to be a good man. I'm always in the background. But without me Jericho wouldn't be able to function, and vice versa. We fit each other like a glove, and I am perfectly happy with that until halfway through the series I see he's going off on a limb, losing it in my opinion, and we have an altercation.

Harvey thinks Jericho's fame is going to his head. He is the first policeman to use the media to his advantage. Harvey is perfectly happy with that, but if it gets in the way of doing proper police work then he doesn't agree. Harvey knows he is only a backroom boy. But Harvey can't help but think Jericho wouldn't be showered with fame, fortune and medals if it weren't for him.

Jericho's Humber took me back to when we were children and we were being driven from our home in Mill Hill (London) to my granny's house in Amersham (Buckinghamshire). The journey seemed to take hours. We were always sick in the back because of the smell of the leather seats and petrol. I used to dread the journey, it put me off Christmas. The Humber I had to drive in the series had the same smell.

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Ciaran McMenamin on his role as Detective Constable John Caldicott:

Ciaran McMenamin, originally from Ireland, began acting when he joined a local youth drama group. At 15 he joined the National Ulster Youth Theatre. McMenamin's professional acting debut came in 1997 when he was still at college and landed a role in the film Titanic Town with Julie Walters. Television credits include Watermelon, Private Life of Samuel Pepys, Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, David Copperfield and Beating Jesus. Film credits include To End All Wars, The Last Minute and Bollywood Queen.

My character, Detective Constable John Caldicott, is clean-cut. I don't like being clean shaven; I think it makes me look about 14. I like to hide behind a bit of growth. So I was reluctant to shave for this role. But comparing the stills of me as Caldicott and early pictures of my dad and his brother at the same age, we look very alike. I wondered what they would do with my hair. But after looking through some books we decided on a quiff at the front. People keep telling me I look really '50s when I'm in character as Caldicott.

Detective Constable John Caldicott is a young English gentleman from middle England. He is not a public schoolboy, but he is well educated, and he is very idealistic at the start. He has had a rapid rise through the ranks of the police force. He is a sussed young man, who has fallen into his dream job. Jericho is a young cop's hero. It would be like getting a job with Robert DeNiro straight out of drama school. Caldicott is in awe of Jericho although he is a very confident young man. He wants to learn from him so he can be the best. He has the utmost respect for Jericho.

Caldicott is quite nervous at first. He gains confidence, and Jericho and Harvey eventually let him in on their duo, and they become a trio. But Jericho is very demanding of Caldicott and Harvey's time. It is detrimental to Caldicott's personal life. There are times when he should be with his fiancée, Angela, and he is stuck out at three in the morning with Jericho. Even his wedding day is put in jeopardy when he's tied up on an inquiry. It is a real Catch 22 situation. Ultimately this is every thing Caldicott has wanted, but he does love his girl, and he does not want to lose her.

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