Trigger Point's Vicky McClure speaks out on Line of Duty comparison 'Can't be worried'


Trigger Point arrives on ITV tonight (January 23) and the intense drama follows a bomb disposal squad. Line of Duty star Vicky McClure plays Lana Washington, an experienced bomb disposal operative. McClure spoke to Express.co.uk and other press about the two Jed Mercurio projects.

McClure stars alongside Adrian Lester in the new drama which highlights the work of counter-terrorism police.

The high-octane episodes also delve into the day to day lives of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad.

The Expos are at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind a series of bombings.

Jed Mercurio executive produces the drama, and he is also known for his work on Line of Duty.

McClure was asked whether she was worried fans would compare the new ITV series to the BBC hit.

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She added: “I’m not playing a police officer, as much as it’s within that world Expos have to be accompanied by a police officer.

“[Lana]’s an Expo and she’s in a very different position.

“And people loved Line of Duty so if there is any comparison it might not be a bad thing.”

Executive producer Mercurio said he had his eye on McClure for the role straight away.

He said: “We needed someone who was just totally authentic, someone you would completely believe in everything that the character does and her name came up in the very first conversation about casting.

“Everybody said, ‘Vicky McClure would be great’ and then they all just looked at me!

“So I just asked her and she said she’d love to read the script.

“We were incredibly fortunate that she responded to Daniel [Brierley]’s writing and the ambitions for the series.

“Obviously, she’s at the top of every casting wish list in British TV, so the fact that she said yes is a real coup for the series.”

Trigger Point airs on ITV on Sunday, January 23 at 9pm.



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