The current edition of TV Week in Australia has an interview with Jamie to align with Law & Order: UK beginning this Wednesday, and also with the release of Battlestar Galactica Season 4 part 2 DVD release. I've typed up the interview which is behind the cut.
FROM OUTER SPACE
to inner London
He May have moved on to another role in Law & Order: UK, but Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber says the hit sci-fi show will always live on.
Unlike the relatively short ‘70s sci-fi TV series on which it was based, the reinvented Battlestar Galactica ran for four seasons and already has two spin-offs in the works. But Jamie Bamber who played Lee “Apollo” Adama, is happy to move on. Jamie reminisces about BSG’s final season and tells us about his new role as Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin in Law & Order: UK.
How’s life after BSG?
Life’s good. I don’t have to worry about dying a miserable death at the hands of sexy robots anymore! It was such a perfect journey I don’t want to sully it with addendums, so I’m very satisfied with having finished it.
So that means you’re not involved in the upcoming telemovie The Plan?
I’m not, but neither is Katee (Sackhoff, who played Kara “Starbuck” Thrace), Mary (McDonnell, who portrayed Laura Roslin) or James Callis (Dr Gaius Baltar). They shot that pretty soon after we wrapped the series and I was already back in London doing Law & Order.
How different is Law & Order: UK to the US versions?
It’s exactly the same format - from the logo to the captions. It’s still a game of two halves, with the cops in the first and the lawyers in the latter half, but you take it to London and it’s got a very different feel. The police work in a slightly different way there - they’re less aggressive - and the lawyers wear wigs and aren’t allowed to walk around the courtroom.
Do you think BSG will always be a part of your life?
I’m sure it will. It will give me great solace to show up at a fan convention in 50 years’ time and still feel the love. It’s a show that is going to live on in DVD sales and downloads.
Apollo spent a lot of the final season involved in politics - did you miss the action?
I enjoyed taking him into fighting with words rather than with Vipers and guns, but I did feel we’d taken the character out of the core of where he needed to be, which made it so much more fun thrusting him back into it all in the finale, with him and Kara wandering around like Butch and Sundance, trying to save the world. I didn’t realise how much I’d missed that!
What was it like when the cast found out the identities of the final five Cylons?
It was a real rug pull. Everyone felt really disorientated that two characters in particular - Tigh (Michael Hogan) and Tyrol ( Aaron Douglas), who were stalwarts in this ship - weren’t human. Those actors hated the idea at first, but they quickly realized it was a tremendous opportunity and they were going to be at the heart of the piece. For the rest of us, it was this fantastic thing were we all knew but our characters were unaware. It was like a time bomb ticking - when will people find out who these people are?