The Drowning actor Rupert Penry-Jones has hit out at critics who slammed the Channel 5 drama for being ‘predictable’.
The four-part drama, which began on Monday night, follows a grieving mother (Jill Halfpenny) who is convinced her son Tom has mysteriously reappeared after being presumed dead for almost a decade,
She is still grief-stricken and isolated from her own family – including her ex-husband – and she finds herself obsessed with teenager Daniel (Cody Molko), whom she believes is her own boy, who drowned in a lake nine years earlier.
The schoolboy has no memory of her, but the mother is determined to bring him back into her life.
In the programme, Rupert plays Daniel’s father Mark, who doesn’t want ‘anything to do with the tragedy’.
Speaking about his character and the series, Rupert hit back at those who criticised the show for being ‘predictable’.
‘Mark is an interesting character,’ Phillip began. ‘He’s very shy but you do get this feeling that this could be a man whose got some quite serious secrets.’
‘He’s definitely got serious secrets and some of them come out,’ Rupert replied.
‘There’s been a tragedy that he has suffered, that has made him… he’s just very stand-offish.
‘He doesn’t want to get involved with parents from the school, He stands away from everybody in the playground, he keeps himself to himself. He is just a very private man. You eventually find out why.’
Holly chipped in: ‘He’s very protective of his emotions somewhat and actually, that was something you found you could relate to in his character.’
Rupert added: ‘Yeh, yeh I liked the fact he was so private and mysterious. You think he’s one thing but he’s possibly another.
‘I actually saw a review recently that said it’s predictable. I have to say I completely disagree when I read the script it was not what I thought at all.
‘I think people saying it is predictable haven’t seen the whole thing.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV and The Drowning continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 5.
Credit: Original article published here.