Interview with Conleth Hill who plays Martin Parker in The Power of Parker

The Power of Parker comes to BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Friday 28 July



Tell us about your character in the show?

Martin Parker is a man who seems to have it all and more; beautiful wife and family, beautiful long term mistress, impressive detached home, successful chain of electrical goods shops, the confidence, the suits, the cowboy boots and car. But all is not as happy and successful as it seems, he has made bad business decisions and is against the clock to sort the whole mess out.

What was your first impressions of the script and what made you want to be involved in the show?

The script and the writing is what made me want to be a part of the show. Paul and Sian did all the work creating the story and we got to play wonderful scenes with great lines and excellent actors.

Do you have a highlight from filming?

Filming was really hard work but great fun. All departments in the crew were at the top of their game and that helps so I genuinely enjoyed every scene but Kath’s nightmare scene at the beginning of episode two is one of the highlights, it’s just very silly!

Is there any similarity between you and your character?

We both have great hair.

Did you draw any inspiration from any existing characters, fictional or real when embodying the character of Martin?

No, I never do, but I’ve never played anyone quite like Martin Parker before. Paul and Sian presented such brilliant scripts, I honestly feel they did all the work and gave us lots of cracking characters.

What is your favourite thing from the late 80s/early 90s?

All of it. I was in my twenties and started acting in 1986/7 so I loved it all; football, music, movies, and great TV!

What were you doing in 1990?

In 1990 I was working in theatre in Belfast and funnily enough filming in Manchester on a series called Medics. Love Manchester, me.

How would you describe the show?

Brilliant, suspenseful, awkward, funny, sad and engrossing!


It’s Stockport 1990 and Martin Parker, a man with the ambition of Alan Sugar and the looks of Robert Kilroy Silk is slowly waking up to the fact that things are changing.

With a chain of electrical stores, a wife, kids and a flash car, he has the perfect life. But in reality he’s swimming in a sea of debt and lies, and it falls to the two women in his life, Kath and Diane to plot his downfall.

The Power of Parker comes to BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Friday 28 July.

Source BBC One

July 19, 2023 3:00am ET by BBC One  


  Shortlink to this content:


Latest Press Releases