Later in the interview, Martin discussed the real police officer, Colin Sutton, that he portrays in the ITV series.
“I had a man come up to me in the petrol station come up to me and say, ‘I used to work for Colin Sutton at Surrey. You and that bloody cardigan, you’re just like him’,” he recalled.
“Colin now swears he’s never worn a cardigan in his life.”
Martin’s third strike came when he referred to other police dramas as “tosser-of-the-yard” shows.
He said: “They quite often do focus in on the cinematography of the act of violence or something grisly. A Russian prostitute’s body in the opening, do you know what I mean?
“I don’t really like those, but the whole challenge of this was first the type of guy that Colin is, and also the fact we’re just dealing with the resolution and solving the crime.”