|PHILIP GLENISTER is Chief Inspector
Philip Glenister has always enjoyed watching cop shows on TV,
ever since he was a little boy glued to Dixon of Dock Green and
"I loved The Sweeny too, as a lad," he recalls. "But
even though I have played loads of coppers on telly, I've never
had to wear a uniform - I'm always the designer policeman!"
In fact, Philip has joined the force in everything from Silent
Witness to ID but he is always the good guy never the action hero.
He says: "Actually all that action cop stuff is probably
really boring. In Hornblower we have huge explosions and gunfire
but these effects take forever to set up and are no fun for actors."
Talking about his character in Lloyd & Hill, Philip explains:
"Lloyd is basically a likeable cop who gets the job done.
He isn't quite sure how to handle things when his former lover
joins the team, but he doesn't let it affect his work.
"Mind you, I'm not sure I like the fact that it's always
Hill who comes up with the answers!"
He continues: "It was great fun working with Michelle, whom
I first met through my partner Beth Goddard when they filmed Daylight
"Michelle is a real team player and Lloyd & Hill is
very much an ensemble piece so we all mucked in together."
Philip is currently filming the third series of Clocking Off
for the BBC, in which his character Mac has a surprise when his
brother turns up out of the blue and in need of help.
Philip and Beth have recently bought a new house together in
south London. But Philip admits he isn't a DIY natural.
"We are having a new kitchen put in, everything redecorated
and the garden needs doing but I'd sooner get someone in to do
the work. I don't think Beth would trust me to do it anyway!
"We are dreading Concorde being back in business as we are
right in its flight path but for me the house is perfectly situated
- right near a golf course."
Golf is Philip's real passion and he plays for The Stage golf
society, which he describes as a "luvvies' club".
"The club course is just down the road in Richmond so I'm
there as much as work allows. Well, it's a good form of exercise,
Philip can also be seen in ITV's adaptation of C. S. Forrester's
classic sea-faring adventure Hornblower later this year.