An episode of the new detective series “Harry Wild” shares some narrative similarities with the Netflix hit “Squid Game.“
But “Harry Wild” and series star Jane Seymour was there first.
“We have some crazy episodes, like people gambling for their lives. We saw that in Squid Game, but it’s been done before [that] and it’s obviously different,” Seymour told The Post. “I was asked not to give [any plotlines] removed… but one of my favorites is Episode 4, in which a young man becomes obsessed with Dostoyevsky. I’ve never seen that on film or TV.”
Seymour, 71, plays Harriet “Harry” Wild, a retired university literature professor who turns to amateur detective work in and around Dublin, much to the chagrin of her son Charlie (Kevin Ryan), a senior detective with the Garda, Ireland’s national police force. Harry’s pal Fergus (Rohan Nedd), is a kind-hearted teenage student who lives with his alcoholic father and much younger sister (he is the main caregiver for both of them).
The eight-episode series, created and written by David Logan, will premiere on April 4th Acorn TV.
“David came up with the idea and I really related to it,” said Seymour, who is also an executive producer. “We spent four hours together to see if we wanted to work together and we couldn’t stop coming up with ideas and building the project. [Author] Yeah Spain came in and wrote a few more episodes. I loved every minute of it…the two dreamed up some incredible crimes that really pick up steam after the second episode.
“Every time I read a new script, I’d be like, ‘Wow, how did you beat the last one?'”
Harry’s literary background often helps her solve strange cases; In the series premiere, she feels that a murder and disappearance of a young woman – seemingly by accident – follows the arc of an obscure Elizabethan play called Calabras. (A correct assumption.)
“There’s so much we can do with Harry. She has a son but who is the father?” said Seymour. “That will be covered when we come back for a second season and we’ve already discussed what would happen there [Logan] really nailed it.
“I think a lot of women will really like her character — she’s sassy and doesn’t like to condone fools and she tells it like it is … sometimes falsely and embarrassingly putting herself in utter danger.” People say to her, ‘Are you crazy to do that?’ and she says, ‘why not?’
“And she’s always right, of course,” she said. “I like to think I’m always right and of course I’m not, but she’s right most of the time because she uses her knowledge of literature and history and her understanding of characters and if she has someone who’s obsessed with Dostoyevsky, she can.” for example, finding out why they are doing what they are doing and what their next step will be.
“And if it’s necessary, she plays the part,” she said. “[In one episode] She has to be a little old lady and prevent anyone from noticing that someone is behind them and she just puts on the Scottish accent. I love that – an actress who becomes an actress as a professor and of course as an action heroine.
“I’ve never seen or heard of a character like her.”
Harry isn’t afraid to correct people’s grammar – which Seymour says is a trait she shares with her on-screen alter ego.
“It just slides in and I love that,” she said. “Unfortunately, that came from me. I do this all the time with my poor unfortunate kids. They grew up in England and mostly America, and when they say things like, “I did well,” I say, “No, you did Good.'”
Emmy winner Seymour, is of course no stranger to television; She starred in the CBS western series “dr Quinn, medicine woman‘ for six seasons (1993-98) and most recently played Madelyn in Chuck Lorre’s Netflix comedy “The Kominsky Method” — which led to her recurring role as horny retirement home resident Bette on Lorre’s CBS sitcom B Positive.
“I was supposed to do two feature films back-to-back, but because of COVID, they got pushed back and Chuck called me,” she said. “He said, ‘Hey, I don’t know what I’m doing with this character, but I want you to come in and play Bette. She’s American and she’s 85 and I want to age her.’
“She thinks she’s a 20-year-old rock girl,” she said. “The beauty of working with Chuck is that he texts you – the more you talk to him, the more parts of you come into play. I said to him, ‘Look, I think she changes wigs all the time, she definitely wears too much makeup and likes to wear ridiculous clothes that she shouldn’t be wearing.’ He said, “And she’s obviously sexually active,” and I’ve checked with my friends who run retirement homes, and it seems they have more problems with STDs than the general population.
“So Grandma isn’t sitting with a cat and knitting – Grandma is busy.”
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