Sophie Okonedo talks about her role in BBC4 drama, The Slap

by Lynn Connolly

Oscar nominated actress Sophie Okonedo – who’s pictured above, far right – has told What’s On TV all about her new role in BBC4 drama, The Slap, which is a made-for-TV adaptation of the bestselling book of the same name.

Sophie, who filmed for the show in Australia, revealed that she didn’t read the book before she read the script for her role.

She said, “No I hadn’t [read the book] but I was interested in the story because it shows a side of Australia that I’ve not seen on TV before.

“We all know Australia’s beach and surfing image, but this is about middle-class suburbia.”

The story, which debuts on Thursday, October 27th, follows eight characters and the repercussions of a man who slaps someone else’s child.

Of the plot, Sophie said, “There’s no one to side with in this drama as none of the main characters are likeable.

“They all do something where you think, ‘Why don’t you just tell the truth? Why are you sleeping with him or her?’ I thought that was quite intriguing.”

And when asked, “Were you clear where you stood on ‘the slap’?” Sophie replied, “Well I don’t believe in hitting children, so yeah, I am quite clear about that.

“I don’t know that I would go as far as taking it to court, as the child’s mother (Melissa George) does, because I don’t think that’s best for the child.

“But what’s wonderful about this story is that the boy Hugo, is very trying. So everyone’s like, ‘Yes, yes! Shut him up!’”

And finally, when asked if she’d enjoyed the lifestyle in Australia, Sophie said, “I was there on and off for three months and although I loved it, I got so homesick.

“It’s just so far away! I’m such a Brit, I wept when I got home.

“I got straight on my bike, cycled along the Thames to the Tower of London and The Tate and thought, ‘I’m home!'”

The Slap debuts on BBC4 on October 27th at 10pm.

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.