Stuart Martin is the titular Duke within the crime drama “Miss Scarlet and the Duke.”
The sequence is about in 1882 Victorian London and follows Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips, “Peaky Blinders”), a trailblazing lady operating her father’s detective company after his loss of life. She often works along with her father’s outdated buddy, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector (DI) William Wellington (Martin) — aka “The Duke.”
The Scottish-born Martin, 35, who’s additionally identified for “Recreation of Thrones,” “Medici: Masters of Florence” and “Jamestown,” answered some questions for The Submit.
What attracted you to this present?
I simply cherished the scripts. At first you suppose you realize what it’s — it’s a Victorian cop drama — however in a short time it’s like, “OK that is totally different.” It’s mild and it’s witty. I believe fairly often items [covering] that point can get very darkish and form of grotesque. It’s simply such a enjoyable present, and Rachael [New], our wonderful creator, has this sensible means of writing dialogue and characters. Every scene has a little bit of a spark.
Did you do any analysis to arrange for the position?
I grew a beard. No, I did heaps [of research], truly. I like doing interval stuff as a result of you realize nothing about that point aside from what you realized 15 years in the past in class, although you by no means actually listened to any of it. So it’s nice to return and attempt to discover out what was occurring culturally and politically and discover out the place your character is in that world. I actually cherished discovering out about London on the time and the entire 1800s main as much as the place we’re [in the show]. Me and Kate [Phillips] each learn this sensible e book referred to as “How to Be a Victorian” which is definitely numerous enjoyable and it’s obtained the entire historical past of that point and the way folks have been. I discovered it very helpful, I cherished it. And I learn “Sherlock Holmes,” as a result of that’s the identical interval.
Did you be taught something that shocked you?
You already know Tower Bridge in London — that well-known outdated bridge? I found that the London Underground was truly constructed earlier than that, which form of fascinated me. I used to be like, “Wait a minute, certainly the London Underground [was built in] just like the 1920s or one thing.” Nevertheless it’s been going because the 1800s. So this was all in our present’s time. It was a very modern interval.
What was probably the most difficult a part of the position?
The cop chat. Should you had a case and you must go say, “We discovered the physique and it had a gunshot right here…” Once you realized these nice scenes within the mortuary, it might fly off — however the precise studying of [the dialogue] and ensuring that it was all particular to the case [was challenging]. And likewise the names. As a result of each week you could have new character names to recollect. However the whole lot else was a complete dream. It was a stunning job.
What’s the standing of a second season?
We’ll have to attend and see. There’s massive hope for it and much occurring within the background to get that to occur. It’s been such a bizarre time, however we will watch this area and hopefully quickly [there will be news].
Do you could have some other initiatives you’re additionally engaged on?
Zack Snyder is doing [a prequel to his upcoming] “Army of the Dead,” for Netflix, so I filmed that in Prague. It was a really totally different expertise, as a result of we have been principally locked in our resort for two-and-a half months. Usually on jobs you fly again each weekend and see the household, however it was whole lockdown. I’m excited concerning the movie — it’s actually cool and it seems to be nice.