Neil Morrissey says everything about BBC1 school drama Waterloo Road was 'awful'

Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey has said he ‘hated’ working on the BBC1 television show Waterloo Road.

Morrissey, 55, starred in the school drama as the tough-but-fair deputy head teacher Eddie Lawson, for two series.

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Neil Morrissey attending the National Television Awards in 2017 (Matt Crossick/PA Wire)

 

He told The Two Shot podcast he was ‘angry on set everyday’.

Talking to podcast host, former Line of Duty actor Craig Parkinson, about Manchester, Neil said: “I did two years up there, two spates of six months when I was doing that programme Waterloo Road.

“I hated that show, I hated it so much… Even my missus says to me, ‘You’ve got to get out of this show because it’s making you into a nasty person’.

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Neil with Men Behaving Badly co-stars Martin Clunes, Leslie Ash and Caroline Quentin (Rebecca Naden/PA)

 

“I was angry on set every day, because the scripts, the delivery of the scripts and the quality of the scripts was so awful. And I was tied into it so it was like being forced… into, like, sort of, it was like forced labour.

“And you still as a responsible actor, want to go and give your 100 percent, but at the same time I was compromised by the fact that it was awful scripts and an awful situation.”

Neil is best known for starring alongside Martin Clunes in Men Behaving Badly and voicing Bob The Builder in the animated children’s TV series.

More recently he has been seen on screen in ITV’s period crime drama Grantchester and alongside Kris Marshall in BBC One’s Death In Paradise as washed-up pop star Disco Biscuit.