David Tennant has warned viewers not to expect a neat conclusion to his new drama Deadwater Fell.
The drama follows the fallout between two families when respected GP Tom’s (Tennant) wife and children are found dead in a house fire. However it soon becomes apparent that they weren’t killed in the fire and the finger of suspicion points firmly at Tom.
Across the series secrets will be revealed through flashbacks telling the story from different points of view, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats until the end when it all gets resolved. Or will it?
David explained ahead of its launch: ‘It is a thriller and it does have elements that you recognise from crime drama but it is a bit more nebulous than that. It’s very character driven and it just keeps upsetting your expectations.
‘I hope so. When you read the script the first time is the closest thing you will get to the experience the audience will have. The second time you’re thinking other things such as, “Oh if I were to do this what would it be like?”, or “how would I play that part?” And you start to unpick it.
‘I hope that the audience will just go on that journey and be confounded and surprised.’
The Broadchurch actor said he wasn’t left ’emotionally scarred’ by having a role in such a dark drama, but did describe it as ‘a form of therapy’.
‘I’ve never consciously felt emotionally scarred by any part. I think sometimes are a slower burn,’ he explained.
‘But there’s a sort of exorcism in practicing someone else’s reaction to things. I think that in itself is a form of therapy.
‘You do have to go to some dark places but when they say cut you realise you’re not actually there and it can be quite life affirming.’
Deadwater Fell airs 10 January at 9pm on Channel 4.
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