Trigger Point: Vicky McClure stars in trailer for ITV drama
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The 38-year-old starred as DI Kate Fleming in the BBC series Line of Duty but now, Vicky has finished filming for a brand new ITV thriller Trigger Point, which is set to air over the weekend. The six-part series, follows bomb disposal expert Lana Washington, played by Vicky, and Joel Nutkins (played by Adrian Lester) who works beside her. In a new interview, the award-winning actress has opened up about the most challenging part of her job.
Vicky candidly explained: “The hardest part of my job is being away from home.
“I live very close to my mum and dad and sister and nephews.
“When I’m not working I don’t want to be anywhere other than home.”
At the age of 15, the Nottingham born TV star auditioned for Shane Meadows’ 1999 film A Room for Romeo Brass but her career didn’t fully take off until she was later cast as mod factory worker Lol in hard-hitting drama This is England.
After a stellar performance, Vicky won a Royal Television Award and a BAFTA for best actress.
In the brand new series, Trigger Point, the show focuses on the officers who risk their lives daily on “the long walk” towards danger working to defuse bombs in the most precarious situations.
After several improvised explosives explode across London, Vicky’s character, veteran operative Lana, believes Expo, the name of the fictional detonation squad, is the bomber’s true target.
The TV star revealed how filming for Trigger Point allowed her to perform off-script.
She told Radio Times: “In Line of Duty, I couldn’t improvise because it was a police procedural, but having that freedom in Trigger Point, allowing you to be able to react, was great.”
The show’s executive producer Jed Mercurio, who also directed Line of Duty, claimed although the show will have a similar theme to his latest crime drama, it is a “very different piece of work”.
He added he was “thrilled” Line of Duty connected with a wider audience.
“You know, it’s great if people come to [Trigger Point] because they love Vicky from Line of Duty, and they want to see her in this particular role,” Jed told the publication.
When asked about how she felt working with the Line of Duty showrunner again, Vicky gushed: “So grateful to be working with Jed again.
“I’m really looking forward to creating a strong, bright and troubled character in Lana Washington.”
In the nail-biting thriller, both Lana and Joel work as close allies, having served together in Afghanistan as ex-military officers.
Adrian also commended producer Jed for his work after he remarked that the director’s material was “always great”.
The stellar cast also includes Mark Stanley (Honour) as DI Thom Youngblood, Warren Brown as Karl Maguire, Kerry Godliman as Sonya Reeves and Cal MacAninch as Lee Robins.
The high-octane thriller was given the green light by ITV back in February 2020, before the release of Line of Duty’s final season.
On October 22, fans were teased after a short clip was released which showed McClure’s character approaching an abandoned bus.
She is heard saying: “My gut tells me we are dealing with sophisticated bombers. They know how to behave like a firearms officer.”
Trigger Point will launch its new series on Sunday, 23 January at 9PM on ITV and ITV Hub.
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