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Drugs, swearing and gay sex scenes with a policeman...what do you think of my first TV role, mum?; STAR OF X-RATED NEW BBC DRAMA HAS A SHOCK FOR HIS FAMILY...

SEX, drugs and deafening dance music - it's everything your mother wouldn't like. And one young Scot is particularly nervous about his mum's verdict on BBC Scotland's raunchiest-ever TV show, which starts tomorrow.

David Paisley, 20, strips off for steamy sex scenes in the controversial new series Tinsel Town. He plays a gay schoolboy who falls in love with a policeman twice his age.

Now he's waiting with bated breath for his family's reaction. He said: "The sex scenes are not the sort of thing you'd really want your mum to watch. I am a bit nervous about it. But I've told her what to expect. She knows the storyline and she's cool about it.""

David, from Falkirk, was studying to be an optician before he landed the part on the show.

The BBC2 grit-and-glam drama, about young clubbers in Glasgow, features drug-dealing grans, graphic sex scenes and explicit language.

David, who is gay, plays a boy of 17 struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. His character Ryan's relationship with policeman Lewis, played by Taggart actor Stevie Allen, is the key love story in the 10-part series. The pair spend a passionate night together in the first episode.

David said: "I have a long-term partner, so kissing anyone was always going to be a bit strange. Luckily, Stevie was really great about it and we got on fine."

While Ryan lusts after Lewis, the other characters struggle to hold down their day jobs as they snort cocaine, drink themselves into oblivion and dance the night away.

The show, which goes out at 11.20pm, well after the watershed, also includes a graphic sex scene in a nightclub toilet and an endless stream of bad language.

But David is adamant the BBC is not going for cheap ratings. He said: "In the past, TV hasn't been brave enough to portray this world. But it's good TV, that shouldn't be limited to any particular age group." Ironically, David was working in a Glasgow nightclub when he was recruited to the cast.

He recalled: "A customer asked me what I'd like to do in the future. When I said 'act' he suggested I go up for the drama. Next thing I knew, I'd been given the part of Ryan - and quit my job at the club."

David feels he has a lot in common with the character he plays. He said: "Ryan is similar to me in many ways.

"I understood him from the moment the director described him to me. He is young, confident and very individualistic. He knows what he wants from life. He doesn't have a lot of rules he has to obey and he's not stuck in his ways."

Before his big break, David was studying physics at Glasgow University. He dropped out of the course to study to become an optician. But he said: "My heart was not in it. I knew I wanted to act." With his fresh-faced good looks and acting talent, he now seems destined for stardom. But he claims he has no desire to be a gay pin-up.

He said: "I'm not interested in the glamorous side of showbiz. I don't want to be seduced by all that. I'm an actor, and I would rather be respected for what I do.

"If I started getting big-headed, my mum would slap me so hard, I'd come straight down to earth!"

The series, filmed in and around Glasgow, also stars Monarch Of The Glen' Dawn Steele, who sheds her girl-next-door image to play a manipulative man-eater.

When her character, Teresa, is not sponging money from her drug-dealing boyfriend she's flirting with his best mate.

Dawn said: "Teresa is very hard, very aware of her own sexuality and uses it. She's a party girl who knows how to have a good time. She is well able to look after herself. She's a career girlfriend who just lives off boys' cash." One scene was set in a Glasgow hospital morgue. Paul Hickey, who plays morgue worker Jack in the show, was thrown in at the deep end when he found himself surrounded by bodies .

He said: "The only time I have ever seen a dead body was when I was five and our local priest died. I remember going to see his body with my mum. I was lifted up to kiss him. It was weird.

"We spent a day filming in the morgue and got out as quickly as we could."

The 32-year-old from Glasgow has already appeared in several short films and TV programmes.

He is confident Tinsel Town will be a hit and hopes it will lead to bigger things. He said: "It may be controversial, but most people who work all week want to go mad on a Friday night like the characters in the series.

"It's realistic. If people give this a chance, it might just change their minds about club culture."
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Author:Oakeshott, Isabel
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2000
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