Interview with Jake Canuso about Scarborough
Brand new series starts on 6th September 9.30pm, BBC One
Jake Canuso tells us what we can expect from his character, Tony, in new comedy Scarborough.
Can you introduce us to your character and what role he plays in series?
I play Tony Peroni, he thinks he is head of the Scarborough Mafia but of course there isn’t one, he’s just a small time business man who came over from Italy when he was 16 to run his uncle’s failing ice cream parlour - he just never went back home.
Have you visited Scarborough before?
I’d never visited Scarborough before and I genuinely wasn’t prepared for how beautiful a place it is. It is so quaint with lots of independent shops and cafes, I absolutely loved my time there and I can’t wait to go back.
Tell us a bit about your co-stars and what it’s been like working with them?
I loved working with all of the cast, they are amazing. Claire Sweeney, I knew from Benidorm so it was great to hear she was playing my girlfriend. Jason Manford and Catherine Tyldesley are lovely, we all had a great night out during the last week of filming and enjoyed everything Scarborough has to offer from great night life to my favourite, scampi and chips! My only regret was having no scenes with Stephanie Cole, she is a legend!
Do you have any stand out moments from filming?
I loved my scenes with Jason in the ice cream parlour and the amusement arcade, I think those scenes are not only funny but give the show a real flavour of Scarborough. I think my favourite scene was a business dinner date with Maggie Ollerenshaw’s character, Geraldine; I can’t remember when I laughed so much, she is a comedy genius!
What can people expect from the series?
I think they can expect another genuinely funny show with instantly classic characters like Derren’s last show Benidorm, except this time he has given this new series a completely different feel and pace, I genuinely think it’s some of his best work to date.
August 31, 2019 5:15am ET by BBC One