Interview: Jamie Demetriou on ‘Stath Lets Flats’

Jamie Demetriou Photoshoot 2018

JAMIE DEMETRIOU has been popping-up in some of Britain’s funniest TV shows including ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Murder In Successville’.

Returning to the character which he first introduced back in 2013 through Channel 4’s ‘Comedy Flaps’. Jamie talks to us about the writing and the acting of ‘Stath Lets Flats’.

AC: The character of Stath first appeared in Channel 4’s ‘Comedy Blaps’ back in 2013. What made you want to revisit him?

JAMIE: I sort of never went away from him. I’ve been working on the show since 2013 between other acting and writing jobs. I don’t think one particular thing inspired it. I really just wanted to make something that I could fill with people I find funny. And start it with the shitest title sequence ever made.

A lot of the dialogue in the show feels really natural – was any of it improvised?

Some was, yes. The flat tours in particular are heavily improvised. More often than not we’d end up having to stick to script to ensure we’re not messing up the story, but we always tried to encourage the cast to abandon any dialogue they didn’t feel comfortable saying, or to occasionally have a stab at improvising.

Luckily, we had a cast full of character actors who can make script seem improvised and more natural – I think. Which hopefully grounds the world a bit, and makes my character look less like a big stupid Greek drawing.

How does your process of writing comedy begin?

Well I wrote the first three episodes with a lovely writer/school bursar called Robert Popper. We just tried to make each other laugh about flats for about a month then started plotting story around the stuff we found funniest. Over the previous four years I’d built a sort of bible of ideas that I could draw from, too. And the real bible of course, the show is very much an ode to JC.

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Are there any other characters from the shorts in ‘Comedy Blaps’ that you’d be keen to revisit at some point?

Probably not. They’re all ideas I had about six years ago now, and they’re also about jobs that I have no first hand experience in (Lawyer, Local MP). Not that I have any experience in being a lettings agent. I barely know what they do.

It’s nice to do a mix. Ultimately, doing your own stuff is always going to be the hardest, but most rewarding. But writing is exhausting hell, so taking time off and getting to focus solely on performance in someone else’s thing can be very nice too. ‘Fleabag’ in particular was a joy.

Jamie Demetriou Photoshoot 2018

QUICK QUESTIONS WITH JAMIE DEMETRIOU

Last movie you watched?

Good Time

Strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

Accidentally ate some chips with poo on them.

If Stath had to sell a house in one sentence – what would he say?

“Come on, it’s good.”

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

A Robbie Williams app. Not sure what it does.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Octavian, Phoebe Bridgers and the ‘Phantom Thread’ soundtrack

A sport you wish you could play?

Any. Would love that. I’m a very wobbly man.

Worst joke you’ve ever heard?

A guy in an office I worked in today said “no entry without a taste of ya lunch!”, as I walked in.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

Tweets!

Stath Lets Flats is on C4 Wednesdays at 10pm

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Hannah Britland Photoshoot 2018

It’s been just seven years since HANNAH BRITLAND first emerged onto screens with a very small role in ‘Home and Away’, while she is now most recognisable for ‘Skins’ and ‘Freshmeat’. Hannah has been appearing in a main role on Netflix’s ‘Lovesick’ for three seasons – with the most recent airing earlier this year to further acclaim from critics and wide-spread love from fans.

Her new role in the new ITV crime thriller ‘Innocent’ is a major departure from the tones of her previous work. ‘Innocent’ tells the story of man who has been recently released from prison after being convicted of murdering his wife – with Hannah’s character getting caught up in the middle of the drama. Told over four nights, ‘Innocent’ promises to be event television, giving Hannah Britland a huge primetime platform to show her talents.

I caught up with Hannah Britland to chat all-things ‘Lovesick’ and ‘Innocent’.

AC: The third season of ‘Lovesick’ aired earlier this year, what do you think is the secret to its success?

HANNAH BRITLAND: I think that ‘Lovesick’ has helped re-define the romantic comedy for the Netflix generation. There were so many amazing comedies in the 90’s and early 00’s (‘Four Weddings’ and A Funeral’, ‘Notting Hill’, ‘Never Been Kissed’) and then the romantic comedy fell out of favour for whatever reason and largely disappeared. ‘Lovesick’ makes the genre fresh again, it is obviously hilarious and at times heartbreaking, but it’s also very real which I feel is the difference. The characters are all flawed but ultimately likeable – they remind you of your own relationships and friends. Its secret is that you feel that you really know these people, you care for them.

Hannah Britland Photoshoot 2018

I can imagine it’s a funny set to work on?

The set is great to work on. One the reasons being that it’s largely the same crew, so every year we come back it’s like a family reunion. We all get to catch up over the three months spent in Glasgow – and Glasgow itself is such a fun city – the music and the whiskey is on a different level!

You’re new show ‘Innocent’ couldn’t be any more different! What can you tell us about the show and your role in it?

‘Innocent’ is a world away from ‘Lovesick’, it tells the story of man who has been recently released from prison after being convicted of murdering his wife. It’s led by Lee Ingleby who is a brilliant actor, but it’s a very large cast and ultimately has a great ensemble feel. We follow these characters as the police try to uncover who is innocent in the community and who is guilty, there are secrets and lies hidden around every corner. My character is a young woman caught up in the madness, who is battling with her own demons.

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Is there a particular reason as to why it is told in four parts?

I think it’s told in four parts because the story demands that level of detail. It’s an intelligent script and keeps you guessing the whole way. It’s an exciting ride with a shocking twist.

British TV really seems to be pulling great drama shows out the bag at the moment, if you could compare it to be a mix of two shows, which would they be?

I’m afraid I haven’t watched too much TV recently, but I could compare it to the American version of ‘The Killing’. It has the same sort of intensity.

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You’ve recently been on stage as well at Southwark with ‘The War Has Not Yet Started’, is theatre something you’re looking to do more of?

I went to Guildhall so I am classically trained, I worked on theatre for three years! I have been lucky enough since leaving to work on some of London’s most exciting stages – like the Hamstead and Regents Park Open Air theatre. I’m happy to go wherever the work takes me as long as it’s a great script and an interesting part.

Do you have a favourite genre of work at the moment or do you like dipping between multiple?

I think each genre teaches you something new about acting each time. I think comedy is probably the most challenging for me and ironically the genre I have worked the most in. Comedy is like learning to play a new musical instrument each time. there’s a rhythm and  skill to it unlike anything else. If you miss the beat you’re out. There’s no way around that. I tend to do more dramatic work in the theatre, but again I feel very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity and the training to do both.

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH HANNAH BRITLAND


Last movie you watched?

‘A Quiet Place’

Best show to binge-watch?

‘LOVESICK’!

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

I don’t know about strange, but I absolutely hate oysters.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Billy Joel, Pink Floyd and Beyonce.

A sport you wish you could play?

Basketball

Best present you’ve ever received?

I’m obsessed with my red leather Filofax my mum and dad  bought me. Genuinely.

Would you rather be at a mountain hideaway or a beach house?

Beach house

Do you have a philosophy?

Go hard or go home.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

I’m developing two scripts at the moment so I am super excited about how far I can take them. I want to create my own work and work for other people whose talents I admire.

‘Innocent’ begins at 9pm on Monday 14 May on ITV

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