Michael C Hall: 'Every character in Safe has a secret!'

Safe Michael and Amanda
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Amanda Abbington and Michael C Hall tell all about the hunt for a missing girl in taut thriller Safe

Netflix’s thriller Safe sees Dexter’s Michael C Hall as widowed surgeon Tom Delaney, whose teenage daughter Jenny (Amy James-Kelly) goes missing. Tom and his neighbour and secret lover DS Sophie Mason, played by Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington, battle to track her down. But it soon becomes clear that each of their neighbours and friends may have something to hide.

Here, Amanda Abbington and Michael C Hall reveal all to TV Times about their new drama Safe…

TV Times Tell us about your characters

Amanda Abbington: “Sophie is juggling a lot of things but she is a good cop who always wants justice. Because she and Tom have an intimate relationship, his daughter’s disappearance becomes personal.” Michael C Hall: “Tom feels helpless after Jenny’s disappearance. Because he is a surgeon and also served in the military he has a procedural mind and needs a plan of action. So when he is without a clue, he is at his wits’ end. He does things that he wouldn’t have imagined as he and his friend Pete [Marc Warren] become an unlikely detective team.”

Safe Michael and Marc

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TVT What was the appeal for you?

AA: “Michael! He’s one of my favourite actors and a big American star. I was scared about working with him but he’s the absolute opposite of a diva and we’ve had a good laugh. Safe is also really intriguing with lots of flashbacks and twists so you have to be on your toes.” MCH: “Yes, every character has a secret and each time a question is answered three more pop up. There were so many moments reading the first script when my jaw dropped.”

TVT What research could you do for the roles?

MCH: “This is the first time I’ve played a British character on camera so I worked with a dialect coach. I even went into grocery stores and spoke in an English accent!” AA: “We’ve got a brilliant police adviser who Sarah Lancashire’s Happy Valley character was based on. She knew everything there was to know about police procedure. I could now be a proper police officer!”

Amanda, your children [Joe, 12, and Grace, nine, with her ex Martin Freeman] are extras in the first episode, was that fun for them?

AA: “Yes, you see them for about a second playing football at a barbeque. They loved having a day mucking about being actors. Marc did ridiculous magic tricks that had them spellbound. Michael had his lovely dog Sal on set and everyone wanted a cuddle!”

Safe airs on Netflix from Thursday May 10th

Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.