David Tennant Shares His Thoughts on ‘Inside Man’

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Doctor Who’s David Tennant and Steven Moffat are teaming up once again to collaborate on Inside Man. Moffat has written the script with Tennant set to star.
There are three storylines – which will overlap at some point – focusing on an inmate on death row (Stanley Tucci), a woman trapped in a cellar, and a vicar (Tennant). Rounding out the cast are Dolly Wells and Lydia West.
It’s not clear what binds the characters together, and that’s where Tennant steps in to fill in the blanks. He recently had a catch-up with the Radio Times, saying, “[It's] very hard to sum up, because there are two separate worlds going side by side.”
Ooh, it sounds very intriguing, especially the way he puts it.
Tennant goes on to explain the vicar’s role in all of it: "Part of the joy of watching the show is wondering if these worlds are ever going to collide. But from my character’s point of view, it’s a story about a man who, in pursuit of doing the right thing, makes a series of catastrophically bad decisions."
Isn’t that always the way? It sounds like he’s trying to smooth things over but is unintentionally making things worse. We just don’t know what the conflict is at this point.
According to the Radio Times, the vicar somehow gets the attention of Tucci’s character who is not just an inmate but a criminologist. He's solving crimes from the inside, hence the title of the series.
While it’s unclear how these two men cross paths, Tennant expands on the plausibility, saying, “It’s very difficult I think to immediately imagine how they will ever come together on different sides of the world, for these characters living entirely separate existence, they couldn’t seem to be more different.”
It seems Tennant was in the mood to chat, which we are liking, summing up the interview with the viewers’ involvement: “Yet as an audience we assume there must be some link, but really we’re quite far into the story before those links start to appear. It’s part of the set-up of the sort of puzzle of that along with the almost breath-taking awfulness of what occurs, the incremental steps to doom that Harry (Tennant) takes, the unravelling of normality. Steven described it as a sitcom that goes terribly wrong.”
Okay, we still don’t know what the problem is, but “awfulness” does provide a sense of uneasiness.
There are still some Qs floating around out there, but Inside Man is set to premiere later this month and possibly we’ll get the As.
You can look for the four-part series over at BBC One on September 26 in the U.K. and via Netflix in the U.S., with a premiere date still to be announced.
Do David Tennant's words make you more inclined to tune in!?