Blake Harrison, Way To Go January 4, 2013
The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison plays medical school dropout and vet’s receptionist Scott in BBC3’s six-part black comedy Way To Go. When his neighbour approaches him with a very unusual proposition, Scott soon finds himself in business with his brother Joey (Ben Heathcote) and pal Cozzo (Marc Wootton) in an assisted suicide venture! Blake tells TV Choice more…
What’s Way To Go about?
I play Scott who is very much down on his luck. He dropped out of medical school because he couldn’t afford to go, and he’s just been dumped by his girlfriend. His brother Joey has got quite a bad gambling addiction and is in with some very dodgy people. If he doesn’t pay them back they are basically going to kill him. Scott’s terminally ill neighbour asks him to help him commit suicide for a payment. They decide to go from there and see what happens.
So how does it go from helping his neighbour, into turning assisted suicide into a business?
Scott’s friend Cozzo is an out of work engineer, and now fixes drinks machines in fast food restaurants. His wife has just become pregnant so he needs money. Joey is constantly gambling and always in need of money. And Scott wants to go back to medical school so that he can help people, become a doctor and save lives.
If Scott wants to go back to medical school to save people, is he conflicted by this new business?
Massively. Joey and Cozzo carry a lot of the comedy, whereas Scott is very much the audience’s perspective. As an actor it’s a lot of fun for me. It’s nice to get your teeth into something with a bit more substance.
Assisted suicide is a controversial subject, so do you think the show will promote discussion of the topic?
I’m hoping that's one good thing about it. BBC3 is usually aimed at a slightly younger audience, and I think it’s good to get younger people talking about important issues. It’s nice to see that. If this show does that, then that’s absolutely brilliant.
Way To Go is created by Bob Kushell, whose credits include The Simpsons and Anger Management. What has that American influence brought to the show?
The main thing is the story telling. A lot of British sitcoms don’t necessarily have a lot of the series arcs that a lot of American sitcoms do. It’s not a bad thing, but a lot of British sitcoms rely more on the comedic aspects – it’s more about what the characters are up to this week. This show is more in line with the Americans – there’s a story feeling through every episode.
You’re known for your role as The Inbetweeners’ Neil. Will there be another big screen outing for the lads, or is that it for them?
I really don’t know. The press seem to know more about it than I do. There is always a story that I know nothing about. Not too long ago it was, ‘Oh there’s going to be a fourth series of The Inbetweeners and one of the lads is going to get killed off.’ I was like, ‘Well, I haven’t heard anything about that, so that looks bad for me!’
As far as I’m aware there are no real plans for anything yet. I think the writers are mulling over script ideas for another potential movie, but that’s all it is. There is no deal done. There is no script finished. It’s at a really foetal stage. Whether anything happens or not is anyone’s guess at the moment. There is nothing confirmed, and that’s not a bad thing because maybe it’s a nice thing to bow out with people wanting more.