Philip Glenister on replacing his Life on Mars pal John Simm in Prey series 2

"I think they’ll probably do a Prey 3 with somebody else — it’s the sort of franchise that ITV could see working with different people..."

Philip Glenister and John Simm famously fought crime together in Life on Mars, but now Glenister is taking over from Simm as the lead in Prey. When series one aired on ITV last year, viewers and critics alike loved its action-movie vibe — not least the budget-busting, edge-of the-seat chase that saw Simm’s character (a suspected rogue copper) on the run through central Manchester.

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And the Hollywood parallels aren’t lost on Glenister: “If Prey 1 was like The Fugitive, I’d say Prey 2 is more like Frantic — the Harrison Ford film. My daughter gets kidnapped. In terms of the action and stuff, it’s terrific. It’s directed by Lewis Arnold, a new young director. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. I’ve now seen the finished first episode, and it’s pretty high-octane stuff.”

Glenister’s character, a prison officer, fails to report the kidnapping to the police — after threats of reprisals against his captive daughter. So, like Simm before him, he comes under suspicion after disappearing with a prisoner (played by MyAnna Buring).

Glenister spots some potential fun for the future of the series: “I think they’ll probably do a Prey 3 with somebody else — it’s the sort of franchise that ITV could see working with different people. “Chris Lunt, the writer, happened to have me in mind for Prey 2. Maybe he’ll just go through the cast of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Maybe Keeley Hawes will do Prey 3. Watch this space!”

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Prey Series 2 begins on Wednesday 9th December at 9pm on ITV