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Success is in the blood line; Laura May finds why Robson Green has murder on his mind.

Byline: Laura May

ROBSON Green has come a long way from the days of his housewife-pleasing duet with acting partner Jerome Flynn. These days he is more likely to be seen on our screens delving into the minds of murderous transvestites and child killers.

Green's role in hit drama Wire In The Blood is a far cry from his early days of TV fame in Soldier Solider and Casualty.

As Dr Tony Hill, a clinical psychologist gifted with the ability to put himself in the mind of both killer and victim,Green has been forced to tackle some fairly gruesome scenes.

He recalls a scene in the first series where his character is hanged,drawn and quartered by a cross-dresser.``That went down a storm in my dad's local,''he smiles.``You could hear the tumbleweed.

``That wasn't my favourite scene but there was a collective notion and we went with it. Murder ain't a happy business.''

But fortunately the 39-year-old doesn't go in for method acting when re-enacting such violent scenes on screen.``I have a sense of the devastation that death and destruction causes,'' says Green. ``But I don't know what people really feel. I am not going to go into that area. I am not a method actor and I never will be.''

The new series, shown as four feature-lengthfilms, will develop further the eccentric character of Dr Hill and his will-they-won't-they relationship with DI Carol Jordan,played by Hermione Norris of Cold Feet fame.

Of their subtle flirtation Green says: ``There is certain frisson and in the next series we can play with that. What we can try to maintain is that, while on the one hand he can deal with the signs of human behaviour,on the other hand he can't act it out.''

Green is particularly pleased to see the series succeed as his production company Coastal Productions bought the rights to Val McDermid's gritty crime novels on which the series is based.

But his recent purchase of a racehorse is proving to be a slightly less successful investment.

Green's father owned racehorses before him and the star bought four-year-oldgelding, Magic Hour,in partnership with his uncle, a former jockey.

Despite the equine pedigree of its owners, the horse has not distinguished itself on the racecourse.

``It should have,in brackets, Dobbin,because it's costing me a fortune. It ran its first race at Sedgefield - well. I use the word `ran' very loosely. It was on an incline, so next time we are going to try it on the flat. But really I am just making excuses,it went backwards!''

He also admits to making a few poor professional choices at a time when the television industry seemed to be throwing money at him.

A tie- in deal with ITV earned him pounds 2 million but he admits:``One of the downsides of the deal was that I made some rubbish dramas.Ain't Misbehavin' was definitely one. It was at a time when the commodity of Robson Green was out of control.''

Wire In The BloodITV1,Thursday 9pm


Robson Green plays a psychologist who can put himself in the mind of killer and victim
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2004
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