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Indian Summers' Alexander Cobb: I spin around to get dizzy before I do a drunk scene (VIDEO)

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The tension reaches breaking point for Scottish tea entrepreneur Ian Mcleod (opens in new tab) in this Sunday’s Indian Summers (C4, 9pm) when he takes the witness stand at Mr Sood’s murder trial.

What’s On TV caught up with Alexander Cobb who reveals why Ian’s constant drunkeness has big ramifications in court.

“His drunkenness becomes an issue, in the court scenes in terms of how viable his opinion is,” Alexander explains. “Playing a character who gets drunk so much is scary. You fear it might be like panto acting and that’s the last thing you want to do because you want it to be taken seriously.

“So basically I did lots of research, going out and getting hammered – no I’m joking! One of my tricks is before walking on to the scene is to turn around a few times to get myself a bit dizzy and then you let rip!”

Alexander (opens in new tab) also revealed how well all the Indian Summers (opens in new tab)' cast and crew bonded while filming in Malaysia, which doubles as India for the C4 production.

“We were out there about six months and we formed this lovely little community, and the best part of the job really was the friends we made. We all went out together and had dinner with each other pretty much every night. We also had card evenings and pizzas together, plus endless games of Uno and Worms. We lived in each others’ pockets for six months. It was a lovely thing and I made some really good friends.”

Alexander is over the moon to be going back out to Malaysia to film a second series of Indian Summers very soon.

“We were all so chuffed when we heard a second series was being made, because there’s a plan for five series in total, to lead up to Indian independence. It was nice to have the thumbs up for Series One, so now we can go on and tell more of this story… I fly out there in a month’s time.’

There’ll be some new cast in the second series too… “It’ll be more people to bring into the Indian Summers family,” says Charlton Athletic (opens in new tab) fan Alexander. “We have a couple of returning characters and a few new members of cast, although I don’t know much about it yet apart from Ian’s story.”

Indian Summers continues on Channel 4 every Sunday at 9pm. Watch our video chat with Alexander, above…

Nicholas Cannon
TV Content Director on TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.