Robert Lindsay talks about his new role in ‘Spy’

Former My Family actor Robert Lindsay has been telling What’s On TV about his role in Sky1HD’s new comedy ‘Spy’, in which he plays ‘The Examiner’.

Of the role, Robert said, “He doesn’t have a name, which I love, and he inhabits a very dark, mysterious world full of shady characters.

“The main character, Tim (Darren Boyd), comes to meet me having applied for what he thinks is a job with the civil service…”

And when asked, “What’s the real job?” Robert replied, “The Examiner hands him an AK47 and says, ‘You’ve got the job, you’re a spy’…

“That freaks him out. The script is very funny, very sharp, and a little dark here and there.

“The comedy comes from the fact that it’s very silly but we take it very seriously as characters.”

Robert went on to say that in the show, he gets to play with “James Bond-style gadgets” which it appears he’s enjoying.

He said, “I’m really living out my childhood fantasies. I get to use AK47s and ninja stars – pieces of steel that you throw – and lasers and guns.

“I’m actually a crack shot with a ninja star, I practised in my garden. But I did hit the props guy on the first day.

“The real one is titanium and I was practising with it when it shot out of my hand and hit him. He’s still here!”

And when asked if he would make a good spy in real life, Robert said, “I’ve kept many a secret. In this business, you have to!

“I wonder if spies go home and complain about their work. Everything is classified. ‘I’m sorry it’s classified’ is my catchphrase in this show.”

Spy starts on Friday October 14 at 8.30pm on Sky1.

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