Interview with Billie Piper about new political drama Collateral
Monday 12th February at 9pm on BBC Two
How did it feel to be taking on a role in a David Hare drama?
What it was about the role of Karen Mars that attracted you?
Were you pleased to be reunited with John Simm on this project?
My character and John’s character share a volatile relationship in the drama: it’s sexy and aggressive, it's loveless, but it is her passion. She lives to pursue this dead love, and it's really tragic. John’s role is a brilliantly written part as well - he has this very important job as a politician but here we see him be vulnerable and make mistakes.
How did you find filming in London?
There are lots of things about London that blow my mind, that I can never get over. I am from a small town that looks totally different to London, so I was always shocked as a child how somewhere that was only 50 minutes down the motorway could be so different in culture, diversity and opportunity, and how it could contain so many different worlds, all coexisting. It still blows my mind.
This show encapsulates all of that. It shows London in all of its ugly truths and, at times, it feels very underworld even though these are things that are happening on our streets all the time at the moment. The drama is a controversial, state of the nation piece and also a thriller which, if written well, are two things which coexist beautifully.
February 2, 2018 8:52am ET by BBC TWO