Martin Freeman plays an exhausted and desperate cop in the British series “The Responder”. A program for which the creator Tony Schumacher was inspired by his nocturnal patrols in the streets of Liverpool.
The Responder: a new great role for Martin Freeman
With The ResponderMartin, Freeman reveals a dark aspect of his wide range of playing, a thousand leagues from his performances in Fargo the trilogy The Hobbit, sherlock, or Breeders. In this British series created by Tony Schumacher, the actor lends his features to Chris Carson, a Liverpool cop assigned to night patrols.
Demoted following a dark affair, haunted by old demons, and estranged from his loved ones, the policeman struggles to keep his head above water and his therapy sessions are not of great help to him. aid. Sent to the toughest parts of town, Chris looks like he’s about to explode at any moment.
Forced to team up with Rachel Hargreaves (Adebayo Adedayo), he struggles to get along with the latter because of their opposing ways of working. Things go wrong when the duo is threatened by Carl Sweeney (Ian Hart), a fearsome drug trafficker.
Martin Freeman is inhabited and as usual excellent in the skin of this cop on the razor’s edge. MyAnna Buring (The Witcher) and Warren Brown (Luther) accompany him on this descent into hell.
A series inspired by the experience of its creator
A former police officer who himself chained night patrols in the streets of Liverpool, Tony Schumacher based himself on his own experience to develop the five episodes of the program. The Responder moves away from many other detective series since rather than focusing on investigations and twists and turns, it focuses above all on the fall and struggle of a character in search of redemption, but also on the people who cross his path.
Asked by premiere the screenwriter explained that he wanted “paint the city”. For this, he was particularly inspired by real cases on which he worked, but also by “mental breakdowns” that he had to overcome. He adds to this:
I quit the job because I was going crazy. I even had a little nervous breakdown, you could say. I think I was too sensitive, too vulnerable, I couldn’t take it anymore in the end.
During an interview for Sharp Focus, he assures that he would probably have “put an end to his life” if he had remained in the police force. Having now been able to take the necessary step back to return to this period of his life, Tony Schumacher was able to transcribe it into a powerful psychological and sociological drama. The Responder is to be discovered on Canal+ on May 9 and 10, 2022as well as on MyCanal.