Philip Glenister spills the beans on his new role in BBC drama, Hidden

by Lynn Connolly

Former Ashes to Ashes star Philip Glenister has been telling TV Times about his new role as Henry Venn in BBC1’s new drama, Hidden.

Hidden, which begins on October 6th, features Philip as a solicitor who can’t escape his past.

He said, “It’s a four-part thriller. I play Harry Venn, and it’s a TV drama, so naturally he comes from a broken marriage and has a wayward son.

“There’s an old acquaintance of his, and a long-term criminal, but Harry doesn’t know anything about this mystery lady and the fact that she seems to know so much about him kind of freaks him out, so initially he dismisses her as being a bit crazy…

“But as soon as she mentions his brother, he realises she knows more than she’s letting on, and suddenly, he starts getting threatening phone calls.”

When asked if he regards Harry as a hero figure, Philip said, “Harry’s not a hero, he’s got a past, but hopefully viewers will be rooting for him.

“He’s there to find out some answers, particularly about his brother’s death.

“It’s difficult with conspiracy thrillers to know what you can give away and it’s quite complex. I’m still working it out and we finish filming on Friday!”

David Suchet co-stars in Hidden as top QC Sir Nigel Fountain, and of him, Philip said, “Sir Nigel’s an interesting character. He’s Gina’s guardian, so first and foremost he’s there to protect her, but in what capacity Harry’s not sure.

“Initially, Harry sees him as a good guy, but then through the course of the story things start to come out about Sir Nigel.”

Of working with David, Philip said, “We were having dinner during filming, and first David walked in the restaurant and people looked around, saying, ‘Look, it’s Poirot.’

“Then, two seconds later, I stroll in, and they’re like, ‘Blimey, it’s Gene Hunt too.’

“They were probably all wondering if Bergerac was going to come in next!”

Hidden is on BBC One on Thursday 6th October at 9pm.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.