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Martin Compston swaps crooked coppers for coming-of-age conundrums on new BBC adaptation Mayflies

Quiet on set: Martin Compston swapped the sterile AC-12 offices for the wide open spaces as he filmed new coming-of-age drama Mayflies in his native Scotland on Wednesday

Sweet baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Martin Compston trades twisted brass for coming-of-age puzzles as he gets to work on new BBC adaptation Mayflies in Scotland

Martin Compston swapped the sterile offices of AC-12 for the great outdoors as he filmed a new coming-of-age drama in his native Scotland on Wednesday.

The Greenock-born actor, best known for his role as cockney detective Steve Arnott in the BBC series Line Of Duty, was filming scenes for the upcoming Mayflies show in rural Ayrshire.

Preparing for a shoot in the southwest of Scotland, Compston, 38, looked particularly different from street-savvy Arnott in bookish glasses, a nautical striped t-shirt and chinos relaxed brown as he prepared for his final scenes.

Quiet on set: Martin Compston swapped the sterile AC-12 offices for the wide open spaces as he filmed new coming-of-age drama Mayflies in his native Scotland on Wednesday

Quiet on set: Martin Compston swapped the sterile AC-12 offices for the wide open spaces as he filmed new coming-of-age drama Mayflies in his native Scotland on Wednesday

At one point, the actor – who plays the lead role of Jimmy in the new drama – lay down on a grassy slope between takes while going over his lines with members of the Mayflies production crew. .

They were eventually joined by co-star Tony Curran – Jimmy’s childhood friend Tully in the new drama – who had a cigarette during a break between scenes.

The show, an adaptation of author Andrew O’Hagan’s critically acclaimed 2020 novel, is described as an “intimate and devastating portrait of male friendship” as two best friends are brought together by tragedy 30 years later. “the height of their youth”.

Focused: At one point, the actor lay down on a grassy slope between takes while going through his lines with members of the Mayflies production crew

Focused: At one point, the actor lay down on a grassy slope between takes while going through his lines with members of the Mayflies production crew

Side by side: He was soon accompanied by co-star Tony Curran, who plays his best friend in the new BBC drama

Side by side: He was soon accompanied by co-star Tony Curran, who plays his best friend in the new BBC drama

Set in 1980s Britain, it will see Compston play one of two young men who forge a close bond around their shared love of music, film and rebellion.

Key cultural moments, including Manchester’s burgeoning indie scene of the late 80s and early 90s, will be highlighted as the two friends make a common vow to live their lives their way.

But three decades later, their bond becomes strained when Jimmy’s old friend calls with devastating news “that will test their friendship, love and loyalty.”

Don't mind: Compston wore bookish glasses, a nautical striped t-shirt and casual brown chinos as he prepared for his final scenes

Don’t mind: Compston wore bookish glasses, a nautical striped t-shirt and casual brown chinos as he prepared for his final scenes

Once upon a time: The actor is best known for his role as savvy detective Steve Arnett in the wildly popular crime drama Line Of Duty

Once upon a time: The actor is best known for his role as savvy detective Steve Arnett in the wildly popular crime drama Line Of Duty

The show will also star Ashley Jensen – best known for her performances in the Ricky Gervais comedies Extras and After Life – in a yet to be announced role. It will be produced by production company Synchronicity Films for the BBC.

A synopsis for the show reads, “Mayflies is a memorial to youthful euphoria and everyday tragedy. A tender farewell to an old union, he discovers the joy and the price of love.’

Speaking about the upcoming TV adaptation, novelist Andrew O’Hagan said: “For a while now I’ve admired the work of Synchronicity Films – Scottish in their bones and international in complexion – and it’s a pleasure to see them bring Mayflies at BBC One.

“The story is very personal to me, and it’s amazing to see the characters come to life in Andrea Gibb’s wonderful adaptation. Director Peter Mackie Burns has a singular vision and I can’t wait to see what he think of the Ayrshire landscape and the emotional reality of this story.

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