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2009 TV Preview: ITV2's 'Trinity'
Next up on our tour through the best of 2009's telly offerings is Trinity, the British answer to Gossip Girl. We'll let Mr Cooke explain all...
How would you describe Trinity?
"It's brilliant! It's heightened reality - it's based at a fictional university called Bridgeford University. I play Dorian, who's president of The Dandelion Club, an aristocratic elite society who can get away with murder. We have a new warden called Warden (Claire Skinner) and she and the student rep are trying to abolish this club. Myself and the Dean (Charles Dance) are trying to keep it and its traditions. There are lots of love triangles and there's a whole bigger picture going on with scientific tests that the Dean and Cooper (Paul Hunter) are carrying out on one of the students. I've seen the first two episodes and it's really quite funny. There's a lot of sex, drinking, rude language and obscene scenes. I think it's going to make good viewing when it eventually comes out. I think they've put it back to September now."
What's the format of each episode? Is it a bit like Gossip Girl, with storylines running throughout?
"Yeah. In fact Zai Bennett, the controller of ITV2, sent me the DVDs of Gossip Girl when I started and said 'watch this'. We have a series-through line as opposed to a different thing happening every week. For example my character starts off as an obnoxious, racist, right-wing pig - but over the course of the series he eventually falls in love with a girl and you start to see a compassionate side to him."
Is it fun playing a bastard?
"Completely fun. I absolutely love it! Not only do I get to wear fancy suits, hold a cane and smoke in scenes, I get to be an absolute c***! I get to swear at people and be mean and nasty. Getting into that character was completely different for me - and completely different from my character in Demons as well."
As you said there's lots of sex in the series. I also hear there's "a lot of arse" from you in the first episode.
"Yeah, there is! In my opening scene, I wake up in bed, go to the door and start shagging my cousin. Quite graphically as well! By the end of episode one I'm shagging someone else, walking along the corridor naked, all sorts of stuff. So yeah, there's a lot of sex, drinking, partying and outrage. It's going to be a fun series."
Did you mind doing the more graphic scenes?
"Everyone's quite professional about it. At the end of the day you're making a bit of entertainment - it's not a porno. The whole thing's not about me being naked, it's all in aid of the joke. If it was just for the sake about it, I'd say that it wasn't really necessary. I think the girls had more of a problem with it - but whatever, I get on with it."
So you've finished Trinity and Demons now. What next? A bit of rest?
"I'm going to sign on! No, nothing really, I'm just going to enjoy Christmas. I'm going to India with my girlfriend for a week to chill out. There's a few things coming up but I don't expect to work again before the New Year. And if Demons goes again that will probably start around April time."
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