Fit For Murder Interviews: Shaun Dingwall

Title: Midsomer Murders
Episode: 1308 Fit For Murder
Interview: Shaun Dingwall
Network AU: ABC1
Network UK: ITV
Airdate AU: unknown
Original airdate UK: Wednesday 2 February 2011
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Interview: Shaun Dingwall as Carter Smith: Shaun enjoyed being reunited with actress Geraldine James in Midsomer Murders. “I worked with Geraldine before in Crime and Punishment and ironically that’s what my character in Midsomer Murders talks about with Barnaby, and he is reading the book in the pub. 

“We filmed it seven years ago, in St Petersburg, and Geraldine is great fun and good to work with.  It’s a big ask to go into a part where two characters have known each other for years but because we had worked together before we were straight in there!”

In Midsomer Murders, Shaun’s character Carter Smith is involved in an unusual relationship with Geraldine’s character Miranda Bedford.

Says Shaun: “Carter is enigmatic and has a relationship with an older woman, but it’s purely platonic.  It’s a bit odd, he says that he mows the lawn and reads the manuscripts of her novel, and that is pretty much what happens.

“The fascination for me about the character is that no-one is quite sure what is going on in his head, but what is really happening is that he loves reading and helping Miranda write. Everyone else reads more into it, and he enjoys that ambiguity and the mischievousness of it.”

One person who was pleased to hear about Shaun’s role was his mother.

“My mum loves Midsomer and she was delighted I was doing it. You know you are going to be entertained and not shocked too much. It does have plenty of dramatic moments but the knowingness and sense of irony that it has about itself is good.

“I knew that it was going to be John Nettles’ last episode and it was good to be part of the end of an era, but I could see there will be a new beginning with Neil Dudgeon taking over.”

Shaun has previously appeared in Soldier Soldier, Touching Evil, In a Land of Plenty, Tomorrow La Scala!, Messiah 2: Vengeance is Mine, The Long Firm, Doctor Who and Moses Jones.

“I’ve also recently played DI Mike Lewis in the third series of Above Suspicion. He has worries at home, which he takes into work. He’s made his way up through the ranks but he can be a bit heavy-handed and takes things too personally.

“I’ve also done Rock and Chips, the prequel to Only Fools and Horses. They were two one-off specials so there may be more.”

Adds Shaun: “I get to play the good cop and the bad guy, so I’m not too pigeon-holed. It’s a bit of a battle sometimes but I am very fortunate that there is good work around and I’m happy.”

Source: ITV

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