David Walliams and Jessica Raine as Tommy and Tuppence

Belle-HalidayBelle-Haliday Victoria, Australia Investigator
edited March 2015 in Tommy and Tuppence

With a new Tommy and Tuppence series airing later this year,
I thought I’d gauge opinions on the casting of David Walliams and Jessica Raine
as the eponymous pair.

While the pair are both great actors and I absolutely can
not wait for Partner’s In Crime to air, I can’t quite visualise them as ‘The
Secret Adversary’ era Tommy and Tuppence (who were, after all, in their early
20s - compared to Raine’s early 30s, and Walliams’ early 40s).

So, what to you think of the casting? And who would you cast as a younger Tommy and Tuppence?


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  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭
    I think the Casting is quite Strange, For one thing I thought Tommy and Tuppence were roughly the same age and I haven't looked at how old David and Jessica are but They don't look the same age, and neither look like Tommy and Tuppence, perhaps I am being influenced by the James Warwick and Francessca Annis series bugood t  David Walliams face is too quirky, I think he would make a  good Albert PERHAPS, I am really looking forward to the series and am willing to be persuaded and hope I am wrong but I think it will be not as good as we deserve, If after the series we have more of Christies work which hasn't been done for ages It mihgt be worth the pain.
  • Belle-HalidayBelle-Haliday Victoria, Australia Investigator
    There's about a 10 year difference between David and Jessica, while Tommy and Tuppence were definitely no more than a few years apart. 


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  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭
    I wonder if David Chose Jessica Interviews I have read suggest he was the driving force behind the Series being made which would explain why in my view he is miss-cast.
  • Belle-HalidayBelle-Haliday Victoria, Australia Investigator
    edited March 2015
    I'm actually less worried about David than Jessica. David may not look like Tommy, but he's funny (something Tommy needs) and he obviously cares about the project.

    On the other hand, I'm not at all convinced Jessica has the charm to pull of Tuppence as she deserves.
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  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭
    I agree, Rachel Sterling or Jemima Rooper would have been better but there again Jack Davenport would have been better than David.
  • TuppenceBeresfordTuppenceBeresford Hertford, United Kingdom Investigator

    I am horrified by the idea of David Walliams as Tommy. Admittedly I haven't seen very much of him and it's encouraging to read that he really loves the books but I've always found him unwatchable. Tommy is funny but he's not a slapstick character. He has a lot of depth and warmth and more intelligence than he thinks. I agree Walliams looks too old to be Tuppence's childhood friend but that might not matter if he can bring Tommy's charm to the screen. I'm just not expecting him to be able to do that. But when my expectations are low, I am often pleasantly surprised.

    I think Jessica Raine looks good in the Press photographs as she looks as though she has spirit. I was slightly concerned at first as I've seen her in a few films/TV series and she always seemed to play quiet, unassuming characters. But her characters are all different so she probably has the talent to be feisty and funny too. Her performance in the dire Wolf Hall certainly wasn't meek and mild, though it wasn't very Tuppencelike either.

  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭
    David is a very Good serious Actor, he was Brilliant in Bod In The Library and a Polliakoff Play so he can act but he just looks all wrong to be Tommy, his face is the wrong shape.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭
    I forgot to say I have onmy seen Jessica Raine in Call The Midwife, The Publicity Photo I saw made me think she was Miss Rooper from Third Girl, I am prepared to be convinced.
  • TuppenceBeresfordTuppenceBeresford Hertford, United Kingdom Investigator

    That's very reassuring about David Walliams.

    Jemima Rooper would have been an excellent Tuppence. Apart from Third Girl, I've hated everything I've seen her in but she still left me with the impression that she was an incredible actress. Maybe she'll play the role in a theatre production or something.

  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭
    I think Ruby Benthal would have been Good too.
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