Mark Charnock has been talking about the events in tonight’s episodes that saw his character come to the rescue of Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and Debbie (Charley Webb).
Marlon, who had been knocked out by Cameron (Dominic Power) earlier in the week, regained consciousness and did his utmost to disarm the escaped killer during tense scenes in this evening’s double bill.
“I was very happy to be asleep for an hour and then come in and do Marlon’s version of an action hero, which is pretty weak but at least he does his best,” the 45-year-old actor said to RadioTimes.com.
Of the sequence in the Woolpack cellar that saw flood waters rising as the Dingles fought to survive, Charnock joked:
“I have never been more butch. It just doesn’t come naturally to me and yet I felt very very masculine. I did wonder whether the underwater training would be enough and it wasn’t. In the end, the adrenaline just took us through that week’s filming.
“I’ve been on the show for something like 200 years and I can’t think of a more satisfying week! When I watched tonight’s episodes, I was literally on the edge of my seat and I knew what was going to happen.”
The watery stand-off in the cellar that ultimately claimed the life of the murderous Cameron was shot at Pinewood Studios – and Charnock was only too happy to be a part of this unusual filming experience:
“The director Duncan Foster was exceedingly ambitious and I think he achieved his whole storyboard. He is, to my mind, a movie director who happens to work in soap and he really did pull us through with his energy and vision.
“Plus the fact that we were at Pinewood was just thrilling. I went to all sorts of illegal places – in fact there’s a terrible picture of me with the 007 logo in the background. It’s a really rubbish selfie! I believe that the set we had on the underwater stage was the biggest they’d ever built. So, unlucky Bond – there’s a new team in town!”