7 Questions with… Eve Myles: ‘We Hunt Together is unique, daring and disruptive’
One of the stars of Alibi’s dark new thriller tells us why this series is a little bit different your average crime drama.
Alibi’s We Hunt Together is a disturbing and original take on the crime drama format, pitting two very different detectives against a pair of intoxicating and deadly criminals.
After the incredible success of the BBC series Keeping Faith, Eve Myles has found another fantastic role to get her teeth into playing DS Lola Franks.
At the start of the series Lola is still recovering and failing to deal with a dark moment from her recent past.
The arrival of a new partner DI Jackson Mendy (Babou Ceesay) and a case involving twisted killers Freddy (Hermione Corfield) and Baba finally forces Lola to confront her past and pushes her to question who she really is.
Find out what it was about the show and Lola that attracted Eve Myles to the series and discover some secrets about the making of We Hunt Together…
1. How do you describe We Hunt Together?
We Hunt Together is unique, daring and disruptive. I would describe the series as a thriller, a love story, darkly comic, and horror, as there’s some grotesque moments in it. When you’ve got something very dark and grotesque and you may turn away, we’ll bring you back with something quite light-hearted and funny and we’ll entice you back in.
It does deal with the story of two couples who live their lives very differently, and yet have so many similarities. It’s slightly uncanny really.
2. Tell us about your character, Lola Franks...
Lola Franks has been working in London for many years as a Detective Sergeant (DS). When you meet Lola, you feel straight away that there’s something wrong, there’s something critical that’s happened. Three years previously something did happen, where she was involved in a situation that stopped her life and she has lived in pure guilt and hatred for herself ever since.
So, she’s locked in this awful self-hatred bubble that she’s happy to be in because she believes that she doesn’t deserve anything better from here on in, that she should be punished. Then she meets Jackson Mendy, her new partner, who comes in and shakes things up.
If you want anybody on a murder case, you’d want Lola Franks because she doesn’t sleep, and she doesn’t let up until that person is caught. I think she’s always been a problem to her heads of department and that’s why they’ve partnered her with Jackson. I guess Lola is very much the rogue, Jackson is very much the kind, gentle, generous straight guy, who also has a dark side to him that we don’t see straightaway.
So, I think all paths have led her to where she is, apart from that huge diversion a few years ago that broke her and continues to break this character. It’s destroying her, and it’s destroying to watch what she does to herself.
3. What research did you do for the show?
I spent two weeks with two detectives. Particularly with Lola because of her situation and past, I wanted to go through with them what happened to her. A
And also we are playing detectives. We have to abide by protocol. So I wanted to find out, ‘Would I wear this if I was going to tell someone that a person had died?’. Those little bits of etiquette are really important.
4. What themes stood out to you in this show?
One of the main themes that got me very excited about the project is around nature and nurture. What makes us the way we are, what defines us. It’s especially interesting with the serial killer side of it. I remember saying in my audition, am I a bad person for really liking these two killers?
At some points you don’t know who the bad guys are and who the good guys are, because the two detectives and the two killers run parallel with each other. The two couples are drawn to each other, there’s a magnetism that pulls these two people, Jackson and Lola, and also Freddy and Baba.
It’s disruptive, it’s going to make people question themselves. They’re addictive to play and to watch, I hope. I guess that’s what Gaby Hull has done with his script. He’s developed something that fascinates us.
5. Why does having a twosome as hunters and the hunted work dramatically?
It works dramatically because it’s kind of a new thing. We see the serial killers make the decision to do what they do within the first scene and then follow their journey. This means it’s not about who did it, but why and how they came about doing what they did.
Why that combination works is because they work together. Then you have Lola and Jackson who are the absolute antithesis of each other, bounce off each other’s somewhat hatred and lack of patience for each other. It’s a study of relationship. There’s a strong magnetic attraction between both couples and I think it’s to fix one another and, in a strange kind of way, they do fix each other.
6. Why do we all love crime drama?
I think we are fascinated by crime drama because it’s that classic example of when you are in car crash and the first thing that somebody says to you is get out and don’t look behind you. The first thing that we do, as human beings, is that sick thing of looking behind us to see what’s happened because it’s just in our DNA.
We are a curious species. The story is what the story is, but what makes it really special and unique and authentic is the character and the relationship and you have that in abundance in this show.
7. The show pays a lot of attention to details such as the costumes. Did you like Lola’s wardrobe?
Nothing is a coincidence in this show. Everything has been done with a fine tooth comb. We have a style and our own authenticity in the show. I got all the clues from the script. Everything was there in the script from Gabby for me. Lola was someone who didn’t want to be seen. Someone who wanted to be locked away from human contact.
So we went for very low key colours, almost invisible. I didn’t want to show my fabulous shape – I don’t have a fabulous shape, I’m very old! – we wanted it non-descript so you wouldn’t notice her. The cardigans and trousers, she doesn’t want people to notice her.
We had a coat which was dry-clean only, but we thought she was the sort of person who would bung it in the washing machine anyway, so we put it in the wash and then I had to wear it.
We Hunt Together premieres on Wednesday, April 27 at 10pm on Alibi, BT TV channel 311.
Episode two airs Thursday at 10pm.
The series continues with new episodes weekly on Wednesday and Thursday.