EASTENDERS JUDGE TAKES ON A VERY DIFFERENT ROLE
January 17, 2002
It's also a fact that had the plot been real, the judge and jury would have been in for one heck of a lot of stick.
Finding Owen innocent and Rose guilty (viewers knew this to be the other way round) was the second worse television trial boob of all time.
The first, obviously, was the wrongful imprisonment of Deirdre Rasheed on Coronation Street. Her time behind bars saw nationwide protests, as aggrieved viewers campaigned for her release.
Although the Rose/Owen trial didn't receive quite so much attention, it still had Julian Forsyth, who played the judge, sweating under his wig.
He said: "It was a wonderful job, I'd never been in a soap before — but it was also very intense.
"Luckily, I didn't have to pass sentence because it ended with the jury's evidence. If I had, I may have got hate mail."
Forsyth's spell on EastEnders was a short one — but his latest project is even more exciting.
He takes the role of a doctor in new play A Murder in Paris.
Penned by American playwright Howard Ginsberg, the show is based on the life of author Georges Simenon.
Simenon wrote crime novels in the Sixties and Seventies about a policeman named Maigret.
The play explores the relationship between the promiscuous Simenon and his beautiful but obsessive daughter, Marie-Jo.
Forsyth said: "Marie-Jo has a very complicated relationship with her father. In an interview, Simenon claimed to have slept with 10,000 different women.
"I'm not sure if this is true, but he certainly had lots of relationships. Marie was obsessed with her father and she committed suicide at 25.
"Simenon claimed it couldn't be suicide and it must be murder and so an inspector is bought in to investigate.
"He must decipher whether it was murder or suicide and if it was suicide, how much her father's behaviour had to do with it.
"The later part of the play is flashbacks and we find out what really happened. It's a very absorbing show."
A Murder in Paris runs at the Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke. from tomorrow (Thursday) to Saturday, February 2. For tickets priced between £7.50 and £16.50, call the box office on (01256) 465566.