How would you describe the show?
"It's basically every parent's nightmare. It's about what really goes on in kids' lives up and down the country. It's people - particularly young men - trying to escape the traps of street life and trying to walk a straight line and survive. And a perfectly normal, middle-class family is then thrown into that world. Tim Spall goes on a journey throughout the film and uncovers just what it's like to be a young, black male on the streets of Britain."
How does your character, Robbie, fit into the story?
"I'm a former criminal who is now working with youths and trying to keep them on the straight and narrow and out of trouble. I get drawn in because a younger cousin of mine is witness to a crime. I meet him and explain to him the whole idea of the word 'gunrush' - the power that comes over you when you get a gun when you're young. There are issues of respect, and young men are seduced by the power of force."
How does it compare to other roles you've done?
"I really enjoyed it because it tries to reflect reality. So much television at the moment is popcorn, bubblegum stuff so it was nice to do something hard-hitting. Particularly for ITV to do something like Gunrush - it's dark, and the prospect of it is very, very frightening."
Have you seen the final cut yet?
"Yes, I saw it when it was put together. It's very powerful - particulary the ending, because Tim Spall is a middle-class, nice guy who - by the end of the film - has been taken on a journey and actually experiences the whole idea of 'gunrush' himself. He actually wants to take revenge on the people who killed his daughter. He's hell-bent on revenge."
How did you feel about Robin Hood coming to an end?
"Of course I only did one series but I didn't feel as though they explored the character - or their relationships - in every direction. It was an exciting character and I was looking forward to fleshing him out, but it wasn't to be. Onwards and upwards!"
How do you think it could have continued without Robin in it?
"I have no idea. I think the producers were looking more at the legend [for series four]. Sally Wainwright was pencilled in to write the next series and had been looking very closely at some of the legends. I think she was very excited about setting it more in Sherwood Forest and a more magical place."
Gunrush airs Sunday, August 23 at 9pm on ITV1.
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