Enders' Steve: Murder and sex scenes are the same

Enders' Steve: Murder and sex scenes are the same
Enders' Steve: Murder and sex scenes are the same (Image credit: BBC)

Steve John Shepherd has claimed filming a murder mystery is like filming a sex scene - the atmosphere on set is nothing like the finished product. The EastEnders star plays Max Harding in the next episode of Waking The Dead, whose sister is kidnapped, leading to an investigation into a spooky killer called 'the bag man'. But Steve insists there was no spooky feeling working on the show. He said: "It's a bit like shooting a sex scene it's the least sexiest thing you'll ever do in your life. There are 60 or 70 people standing behind the camera looking at you - it's not very conducive to feeling erotic and it's exactly the same with this. "When you're filming those really, really heavy scenes a lot of it depends on whether the camera's right or the booms in so it becomes more about technically getting it right. "But some of the dark stuff, to witness it, you clearly can be moved by it for sure." While filming the episode of the BBC drama a year ago, Steve learned he had been cast as Michael Moon in EastEnders. He said: "It was a long-running negotiation and then the final confirmation came through while I was shooting Waking The Dead so it was just great news and great to have something to go on to. "It's such a rare delight to wrap on something knowing that you have something else ahead - that was also a very nice thing." Waking The Dead, episode three, starring Steve, begins on Sunday night at 9pm on BBC One.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.