Fit For Murder Interviews: Jason Durr

Title: Midsomer Murders
Episode: 1308 Fit For Murder
Interview: Jason Durr
Network AU: ABC1
Network UK: ITV
Airdate AU: unknown
Original airdate UK: Wednesday 2 February 2011
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Interview: Jason Durr as Luke Archbold: Former TV cop Jason Durr was thrilled to play a bit of a rogue in Midsomer Murders. “I’ve always wanted to be in Midsomer Murders and being a part of John Nettles’ last episode was great. It’s a very professional outfit and everyone was very welcoming. 

“Working with John was fun as he had come up to do an episode of Heartbeat so it was good to repay the gesture and see how he did it on his patch. I grew up with Bergerac so it was really enjoyable working with him. Wherever he goes there tends to be a lot of crime.”

Jason plays Luke Archbold, who runs an upmarket spa hotel with his wife Phoebe (Lesley Manville). But all is not what it seems in the glossy resort.

Explains Jason: “Luke is striving for the best but achieving the worst. He tries his level best to keep a stiff upper lip, he keeps calm and carries on when all around are losing their heads, but beneath it all he is falling to bits.

“The guests who stay at the manor would never know that they are a bit down at heel. He puts a brave face on it but the world financial crisis has hit Swavely Manor and they are up to their necks.”

Adds Jason: “I live in the countryside and the cast of Midsomer Murders are lucky to work in such a beautiful part of the world. But it’s also a dangerous place, Luke has spent too much time there and become a casualty.”

Like John Nettles, Jason knows what it’s like to play a policeman in a long-running drama. He was DC Mike Bradley in 120 episodes of Heartbeat, filmed over six years.

“I still get recognised from Heartbeat but I wanted to leave when the going was good so I went out on a real high. I always try and do interesting parts, like Above Suspicion which got great reviews.”

Jason’s other roles include Sharpe’s Battle, Fooling Hitler, Winter Solstice, Numb3rs and Marple: The Blue Geranium.

He also has his own film and television production company, Biting Point Films, with director Eric Styles. 

“It’s been really great. We have some international co-productions and an interesting slate including Mirror Mirror which will be shot in Australia, The Rescue in Canada and also a fantastic comedy vampire Forever Sucks, which takes the vampire genre in another direction.

“It’s great to go behind the camera, I will always act but this is a learning curve which I am enjoying while exploring the world at the same time.”

Source: ITV

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