‘Queens of Mystery’ – The preferred genre in U.K. and U.S.

Why Olivia Vinall loves ‘Poirot’

Olivia Vinall of ‘Queens of Mystery’ on Acorn TV

Q: Does putting on the wig for “Queens of Mystery” help turn you into your character of Mattie?

A: Definitely the whole style and aesthetic of the show is really particular and individual, so I think that it creates the world really well. And Ian (Emes), the director of the first and the third episodes, had such a particular eye for it, so he has a lot of influences from “The Avengers” and Emily and Wes Anderson films. So I think aesthetically it’s very different and that really helped to create the characters in the world.

Q: There are so many crime shows that come out of the U.K. and so many great crime shows, why do you think that genre is so prolific in the U.K., and why do you think it’s so embraced here in the U.S.?

A: I think there’s an incredible history with crime fiction within the U.K. from Sherlock Holmes and previous writers … that it kind of feels in the blood and part of the history. And there’s something about small places … where if something intriguing or mysterious happens, it’s different. Everyone’s really, really excited about it … so there’s something about the very small town nature of places within the U.K. So if something like a murder was going to happen, it’s quite an incredible event, so I think that’s part of it.

Q: What have been your favorite mystery shows over the years?

A: When I was young I have to say, I really loved “Poirot.” … I grew up in Belgium for many years, and because he always says he’s a bloody little Belgian I thought when I was young … “Yes, that’s me! I want to do mysteries, they’re great!” And also, “Jonathan Creek” … and “Pushing Daisies.” I mean, that’s very different, with the whole narration side. And we’ve seen that in things like “Desperate Housewives” in a different way, but getting that insight into that kind of character who you’re not sure who they are and that extra voice and the layers that have been written into it is something very particular to this mystery series. But yeah, there are lots that I’ve loved.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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