Stephen Fry and Kiefer Sutherland are reunited on screen this Christmas for the first time since their recent appearance together in 24: Live Another Day.
In the Sky Arts drama Marked – part of the broadcaster’s Playhouse Presents strand – Sutherland’s debt-ridden character James agrees to perform an assassination for his neighbour (Kevin McNally) but doesn’t count on meeting Fry’s eccentric character in the house of his intended victim.
And who does Fry play? Well no less a personage than Father Christmas – and the bearded man in red seems intent on correcting the error of James’s ways…
As the behind-the-scenes video below shows, Fry himself was particularly tickled by the fact that Sutherland plays a hapless character, very much at odds with the role for which he is best known.
“It’s so unfair to call Kiefer Jack Bauer because his career has been incredibly rich outside Jack Bauer,” says Fry.
“But to see Kiefer playing such an incompetent character is just blissful. Somebody who doesn’t know how to load a gun, somebody who doesn’t know how to climb a gate or do anything… just makes me weep with joy.”
Marked airs on Thursday 18th December at 10pm on Sky Arts 1