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Interview with Bill Thomas

Three headstrong daughters, and a wife who clearly despises him and does everything she can to humiliate him, mean that Tom Henshall (played by Bill Thomas) has no influence over a household driven by female emotion.

Emasculated and trapped in a loveless marriage heading ever closer to the rocks, he can only dream of the passion and lust so prevalent in the lives of his daughters.

"Tom's great fault as a character is that, over the years, he hasn't spent enough time looking after his own best interests, and he's rather sacrificed himself in the way that a lot of men do. For the sake of a quiet life, he has spent much of it letting Brawdie spite him, often to the detriment of her own daughters happiness.

"As in most marriages, when things go wrong, it's often not a one-sided argument about where that marriage has failed. Tom should take his share in having let Brawdie down. It's a complicated relationship and, I hope, very resonant."

Born in Cornwall, Bill Thomas grew up in Salisbury and the West Country. He attended the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Sidcup, before making his first TV/theatrical appearance in "Horseman Riding By" with Nigel Havers.

His credits include "The House Of Eliott", "Midsomer Murders", "Hero Of The Hour" and the lead roles in Julia Nott's feature film "Weak At Denise" and Paul Unwins Oscar-nominated short film, "Syrup".