JACKSON Brodie returns to make the streets of the Capital a safer place on Sunday, when a new series of Case Histories finds him approached by Hope McMaster, who asks for his help in finding her birth parents.
As always in such cases, the path of Brodie’s investigation takes is not a straight-forward one, especially when it leads him to a case of police corruption and murder from 1979. Something which, until now, has remained a secret.
Faced with a series of moral dilemmas as the past and present seem to collide before his very eyes, Brodie’s strained personal life ensures life for the detective is far from relaxing - he still can’t bare to face newly-engaged Louise after he confessed his true feelings for her in the last series.
And as if that wasn’t enough to be going on with, Brodie, played by Jason Isaacs, also crosses paths with a retired police officer-turned-store detective who accidentally lands herself in trouble by intervening in what she believes is a case of child abuse.
For Isaacs, the flawed private investigator is his ‘ultimate role’ and one that has already put him on the map.
Over the years, the 50-year-old has, of course, appeared in heaps of very different projects. He always puts in a great performance, but never seems to be quite as famous as his expertise suggests he should be. Not that it bothers him - after all, it means he can live a relatively normal life with his wife and two daughters.
A quick glance at his CV reveals Isaacs’ versatility - he’s appeared in US TV series Awake and Brotherhood, the Harry Potter franchise, The Curse of Steptoe, Resident Evil, Black Hawk Down and The West Wing.
If nothing else however, it’s Case Histories that has finally sealed his position as a heart-throb in the minds of many female viewers.
Isaacs first played offbeat detective Jackson Brodie while doing the audiobooks of Kate Atkinson’s novels.
“So when they came to ask me if I wanted to do the show, the first thing was that I was slightly frustrated that I only got to play Jackson and not everybody else as well,” he laughs.
“I just wanted to try and recreate for the viewer the same experience I had reading the books, which is the sense of slightly heightened reality and colour and the kind of richness of the characters and the unusual nature of Jackson’s interaction with them.”
The character has spent time in the police force, but he didn’t quite fit in - perhaps because he wasn’t just interested in bringing bad guys to book.
“He wants to understand the human condition,” explains Isaacs. “It’s more that he connects with people and he understands who they are and what makes them tick and why they are lying as opposed to when they are lying.”
The first TV series aired almost two years ago, and now the drama is back, rather belatedly, for a second run.
“I can’t wait to put on the crumpled, witty, self-destructive, noble and naughty skin of Jackson Brodie again and dive into the unique flavour of Kate Atkinson’s worlds,” says Isaacs.
“Nobody connects the past with the present and the absurd with the heart-wrenching like she does, and we all feel excited and lucky to bring another bunch of stories of damage and delight to the screen.”
In Sunday’s episode, which once again showcases Edinburgh as Isaacs’ uncredited co-star, there are many familiar sights - watch out for a wonderful piece of undercover filming on North Bridge and some not so secret filming in Princes Street Gardens.
There’s also a familiar face in the form of Victoria Wood, who plays the aforementioned store detective.
“I am a huge fan of Kate’s and couldn’t resist the chance to be involved in Case Histories,” reveals the actress best known for her comedy routines.
It seems both she and Isaacs have one thing in common at least, a shared love of Kate Atkinson’s work.