Interview with Gary Beadle who plays Victor in A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Interview with Gary Beadle who plays Victor in A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

PHOTO: Leanne (Anna Maxwell Martin) and Victor (Gary Beadle). (Image: BBC/Moonage Pictures)

June 21, 2024 – Interview with Gary Beadle who plays Victor in A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

What drew you to A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder?

A number of factors really. The most exciting thing was getting to work with Anna (Maxwell Martin), alongside a group of young, talented people. Then of course, Dolly (Wells), alongside our producer Florence (Walker), our other director Tom (Vaughan). It is always great when someone asks you what you’re working on and you can say A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, which despite me not knowing much about really resonates with so many people. It’s fun.

Can you tell us a little bit about your character, Victor?

I play Victor, Pips’ stepdad. Victor is loving, doting, compassionate and empathetic. Emma and Victor are both complete nerds in terms of doing meticulous preparation for any kind of project, task or anything. He absolutely adores his wife. I feel like he’s a very amiable fellow, and that his wife brings out the best in him. But more than anything, he is that calm tempo amongst the chaos.

What was it like working with Emma Myers, who plays your daughter Pip?

She was an absolute gem. One of the incredible things about Emma is that she draws you in. I don’t know how best to describe her, but she’s so wonderfully enigmatic. There is something about her that is very watchable. She’s perfect to play someone who comes of age during the show. That first kiss, those relationships with friends. Even an old goat like me can remember those days when everything is just so fresh and new.

What is this drama about?

What starts off as a school project, an unsolved investigation in Pip’s eyes, builds into something much more as she draws these pieces together. It’s one you can’t take your eyes off. It has a momentum that starts off in one way, goes in another, starts to really pick up and you’re left thinking, what’s coming next?

Family dynamics and friendship play an important role here. How does that come across in the show?

We are able to show a whole range of family dynamics here which was fun. Sibling relationships, parents, the disagreements, empathy, frustration – all those things are played out. I feel the dynamics are beautiful, everybody’s got their own corner covered. When we were put together, there was a nice mix of reality, in the way that everything’s not perfect, but we strive to be perfect.

Why should people watch to A Good Girls Guide To Murder?

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a real rollercoaster of a whodunnit, on top of a coming of age story with some shocks inbetween. The audience will come away satisfied at the end.


Complete Series Paperback Boxed Set available here:

It’s the Summer holidays, but teenager Pip Fitz-Amobi is focused on an unusual school research project. In Little Kilton five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell went missing. Her boyfriend Sal Singh sent a text confessing to the murder before being found dead, seemingly taking his own life. Andie’s body was never found. Case closed. However, Pip isn’t so sure and is determined to prove Sal’s innocence.

The six-part series is based on Holly Jackson’s smash hit novels and stars Emma Myers (Wednesday), Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, A Spy Among Friends), Gary Beadle (Rye Lane, Small Axe), Mathew Baynton (Ghosts, Wonka) and newcomer Zain Iqbal.

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder was filmed in and around Somerset, England. Commissioned by the BBC, the series is produced by Moonage Pictures (The Pursuit of Love, The Gentlemen, Bodies) in co-production with ZDFneo and Netflix.

All episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer from Monday 1 July.

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