News

The day I faced a pack of fearsome wolves: Along with a pagan ceremony and eating a sheep’s head, it was all in the line of duty for Martin Compston on a TV jaunt to Norway


Putting his life in danger is all in a day’s work for Line Of Duty’s incorruptible detective Steve Arnott. Now the man who plays him, Martin Compston, is dicing with danger too – and he’s lapping it up. 

In his new BBC show, Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling, the actor beams as he cuddles fearsome wolves – he even lets one lick his face – and that’s just one highlight of a trip that sees him hang out with lumberjacks, take part in a pagan ceremony, join a death metal band onstage and try roller-skiing and dog sledding.

‘I loved it,’ says Martin about his wolf encounter, on a Zoom call from Las Vegas where he lives with his American wife Tianna and their four-year-old son. He didn’t even reconsider when his cameraman decided to film from a distance. 

‘The wolves had a fight and our rugby-playing 6ft 3in cameraman, for want of a better term, bricked it and ran!’ laughs Martin. 

The team were at an animal sanctuary and had been given advice. ‘The expert said, “Let them smell and lick you when they want, they’ll be happy.” 

Line Of Duty actor Martin Compston cuddles a wolf in his new BBC show Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling

Line Of Duty actor Martin Compston cuddles a wolf in his new BBC show Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling

‘It was a spine-tingling moment when they started howling in my face. You see those jaws, which are bigger than your head, right in front of you. It was wonderful.’

Looking on was one of Martin’s oldest friends, presenter Phil MacHugh, who also joined him for the 2022 series Scottish Fling. 

‘It was brilliant to spend six weeks together seeing the country,’ Phil says. ‘Hopefully it’s full of mischief and adventure. We had a ball.’

If one struggled with a particular challenge on the trip, the other would step up. Such as when they partied after joining a street parade for Norway’s National Day in Bergen, then had to go out on a fishing trawler the next day. Phil found his ‘inner Viking’ but Martin was rather green around the gills.

‘It was convenient scheduling on the producers’ part, that we went out to sea gutting fish when everybody’s hungover after the biggest day out in Norway,’ recalls Martin. 

‘I managed to hold off throwing up till the cameras stopped rolling, because I knew that’s what they were desperate to film. And they were not getting it!’

Then there was the day they ate a Norwegian delicacy – smoked sheep’s head. ‘That haunts my dreams,’ grimaces Martin.

When the team were filming at an animal sanctuary, they were told to let the wolves smell and lick them

When the team were filming at an animal sanctuary, they were told to let the wolves smell and lick them

While there are no plans for another Line Of Duty series, he remains close to his co-stars and he and Vicky McClure will get together soon to watch their on-screen boss Adrian Dunbar in the West End musical Kiss Me Kate. 

‘Me, Vic and Adrian speak pretty much weekly,’ says Martin. ‘He loves singing on set so it’ll be good to see him put that to proper use on stage.’

  • Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling, Friday, 9pm, BBC2 (Thursday, 10pm, BBC Scotland) and iPlayer.



Source link

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button