Adrian Scarborough said a certain wrinkled American TV detective inspired Max Arnold – the bike-riding, coffee-drinking detective inspector he plays in The Chelsea Detective.
“The [British detective] is a well-known genre over here, but what was great about it was that it had several things that set it apart from your average run of the mill – Max’s quirks and eccentricities are quite fun and I really like that.” Scarborough53, the Post said.
“I watched a lot of ‘Columbo’ as a kid and always loved the whimsicality of Peter Falk. I thought he was brilliant,” he said. “We also have a show here called ‘Inspector Morse’ starring John Thaw that was incredibly popular in the ’80s and ’90s. It took things to a whole new level with the psychology of detective work.”
There’s plenty of that in The Chelsea Detective, which premieres Monday (March 7). Acorn TV. DI Arnold – who is dyslexic, lives on a houseboat after splitting from his wife and plays the piano in a nursing home – uses his deduction skills and focus to solve the cases he’s assigned to in the Chelsea area of London.
He is joined by his longtime partner DS Priya Shamsie (Sonita Heinrich“Star Trek”), who has just returned from maternity leave and isn’t afraid to speak her mind – especially to Max.
“He’s got this mate who occasionally throws a spanner in the works,” Scarborough said of Shamsie. “She tells him to get honest — he’s a bit of a dreamer and melancholy and she’s anything but … she’s out there to solve problems and get on with life.”
Max bikes to work and drinks a lot of coffee from his beloved coffee maker – qualities he shares with Scarborough.
“We had to do a lot of montages of me cycling around and it was such a happy day because I didn’t have to memorize a single line,” Scarborough said. “I ride my own bike because I don’t live in London, so I have a foldable bike that I can pack on the train and once I’m actually at the station in the city I really cycle all over the city.
“I was particularly interested in the bike page because we haven’t seen a cop on a bike on TV for quite a while,” he said. “I also liked the idea [Max] being on a houseboat – and the kind of metaphysical island where he finds his life washed up on the banks of the Thames. And I thought dyslexia was a great idea; He has a visual memory, so taking pictures on his iPhone is an interesting use of modern technology.
“But I’m a decaffeinated coffee drinker, which some people would argue isn’t a coffee drinker at all,” he said. “I had mine [coffee] Machine on set because I thought it would be a useful thing to have everywhere. I didn’t hold back on offering other people a nice decaffeinated/oat milk latte, which is where I usually go.”
Max and Priya tackle a new case in each of the four episodes of The Chelsea Detective, built around labyrinthine storylines that make you wonder how they’re going to solve the crime (hint: they do).
“There were a few moments where we came on set to shoot a scene and somebody said, ‘Wait a minute, how did you do that? [Max] Do you know that?” Scarborough said. “We were very fortunate to have people on set and on the end of the phone to make sure we were really doing this right – so it’s pretty accurate as far as police procedures go.
“We had some fantastic sessions with detectives where they talked about how they go about their business now and how different it is and how much it’s changed.”
The series has not been officially confirmed for a second season, but is expected to return.
“The writers received money for script development, so they have to be sure it’s worth doing a second season,” he said. “In fact, I know two of them [the new storylines] already.”
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