“BABYLON’s” Cast On the Strengths of the Scripts
James Nesbitt (Richard Miller), Nicola Walker (Sharon Franklin), Paterson Joseph (Charles Inglis), Bertie Carvel (Finn) discuss what they think the chief strengths of the Babylon writers, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, are.
James Nesbitt (Richard Miller): Clearly, I knew their work before. They have natural quite dark humour, and they’re constantly evolving. They created a very rounded, complex character in Richard Miller. I think their observation of how policing is changing, and communications are changing and the news is changing, is very acute. I think their voices are very original, and they marry humor and drama together very well. They create very good characters, but they also will occasionally throw in some very funny lines as well.
Nicola Walker (Sharon Franklin): I’m a fan. I came to the audition as a fan on so many levels. For me, it’s that they dance a very delicate and beautifully constructed line between comedy and drama. And they ask a lot of their actors. It’s all in the script, though. If you just do what you’re told and say the words that they’ve written, you will be going the right way. That’s what draws me to their stuff.
Paterson Joseph (Charles Inglis): Sam and Jesse have always been able to marry dramatic situation with a twist of the absurd. They’ve added depth and tension to the mix and the result is a notch up from anything I’ve ever seen them do.
Bertie Carvel (Finn): Their wit and dexterity of thought float on top of dramatic writing with real emotional and intellectual depth. They have an extraordinary ability to be funny and serious at the same time.
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