'There's the Inspector Morse thing. It's an easy knock to relate John Thaw to past parts, but this is what happens in TV, that people remember past characters played, especially in a first episode. In fact, I think his portrayal is extremely clever.
'Does the language barrier make them look stupid? I don't think so, it's a snobbish thing to expect them to speak better French. We actually accentuated the language barrier for comic effect. Likewise, Peter Mayle probably did know about the Mistral, but we deliberately made him not know for comic content and to explain the Mistral to the audience.
''Because of the attacks on the book, we expected a hyper-critical reaction; but it's certainly worth sticking around for, as there's much delight to come.'
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