The 39 Steps: Rupert Penry-Jones

SPARE a thought for the trials our TV stars have gone through to entertain us this Christmas.
Former Spooks leading man Rupert Penry-Jones plays Richard Hannay in a new adaptation of classic novel The 39 Steps.
And he risked life and limb for some of the action scenes.
“I used to get injured all the time in Spooks from diving over cars and pulling muscles and running down streets and all that kind of thing,” Rupert told us at a recent press launch.
“I’ve just finished The 39 Steps, which was even worse than Spooks.
“It’s basically one long chase movie.
“I was running every day on that and hurt myself quite a lot.

“There was one particular sequence where I was being chased by an aeroplane over the moors.
“And I leap over a wall and don’t realise it’s pretty much a sheer drop to the bottom.
“So then I have to roll down a hill and then fall on a road and nearly get hit by a car.

“And then roll down another hill and fall on a road and nearly get hit by another car.
“I actually didn’t have to do the really difficult bits.
“I just had to fall from the hill on to the road.
“But it was wet and I kept slipping and I kept cutting all my hands up.
“I also pulled a muscle in my bottom and strained my knee.
“It’s a really good romp and I hope people enjoy it. I think they will.”
The 39 Steps (BBC1, 8pm, Sunday Dec 28) certainly rattles along.
It also co-stars Lydia Leonard as Victoria Sinclair.
Who you may recognise from several previous roles.
Including Sara Templeton, leader of The Revolutionary Workers Front in episode four of Ashes To Ashes series one.

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7 responses to “The 39 Steps: Rupert Penry-Jones

  1. Katey

    Am really looking forward to this, and to the new Jonathan Creek, Marple and Midsomer Murders! If only there was a new Poirot on too I’d be in telly heaven!
    Thanks for all your blogging this year Ian, I’ve really enjoyed all your posts.

  2. Nell

    Looks very exciting and very stylishly-made. What a nice change to have a good, old fashioned adventure story to watch.
    Any chance of any of the other Buchan stories coming to the screen? Rupert Penry-Jones seems like the ideal leading man for them.

  3. Ian Wylie

    Thanks Katey – that’s much appreciated. And I’m sure the BBC are at least looking at the possibility of more stories, Nell.
    Like most previewers, I’ve only seen a rough cut DVD of The 39 Steps, which had the full film but was not the finished version…things like special effects, extra dialogue etc had yet to be added. But what I saw was very entertaining. Looking forward to seeing it again.

  4. hatshepsut

    In the USA, we’ll have to wait forever to see this film, while BBC America continues to roll out reruns of Dr. Who! No complaints – it shall be worth the wait!

  5. Jennifer K

    A lot of this was filmed where I live, near Loch Lomond. If only I’d have known beforehand!!

  6. Ian

    Any hints of any more Richard Hannay?
    Greenmantle would be the next book to be turned into a film, or maybe the current trend of prequals would mean that we could see Hannay in the Boer War.
    Thanks for the blogs Ian, although I am not a ‘Manc Lion’ I do follow your posts wherever I am in the world.

  7. Ian Wylie

    Hi Ian – I’ve not heard anything but will keep an eye open for any news. It’s a tough time for new TV drama projects, suffering like everything else due to the current economic situation.

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