Why drew you to the script?
I was so drawn to the script. I got to the end of episode one, and it was so far away from what was happening at the beginning of the episode that I was just completely intrigued to find out what was going to happen next. There were so many wonderful plot twists and turns as the scripts went on, and the characters developed in such a way that was incredibly emotional.
Tell us about Gabe’s journey.
I thought his journey from beginning to end was incredibly beautiful and told in such a poetic way. Nick has an amazing ability to write very visually. When I first read the opening scene, that described light and images of torch light going across net curtains with them billowing, it all felt very poetic. It was incredibly attractive as a director to get involved. Gabe is in his past world, trapped as a 12 year-old boy and kind of frozen in time. He’s frozen in this world where he hasn’t been able to move on emotionally from the loss. It’s very dreamlike with a brilliant, thrilling element.
Tell us about the set pieces.
There’s lots of amazing set pieces. There’s always the sense of time with the clock ticking. It was lovely being able to balance the two worlds, looking at Gabe’s past, fitting the present day story and seeing how that developed.
Series starts on BBC One on 17 July at 9pm to 10pm