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Jane Seymour is on the case in TV whodunit ‘Harry Wild’

LONDON (AP) – Jane Seymour had fun working on her latest project, the light-hearted whodunit series Harry Wild, with some exceptions.

She plays a newly retired English professor in Dublin with time on her hands, who starts getting work as a private sleuth – to the dismay of her son, a police detective.

Undaunted, she even takes a young apprentice under her wing. The series is streaming now on Acorn TV.

Seymour, whose credits include War and Remembrance, Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman and The Kominsky Method, said there were many creative reasons she said yes to the series – and a practical one too.

“There isn’t that much work for actresses after 40 anyway, but certainly after 70. I mean, there’s Dame Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and a couple of others. But I just thought this was just a wonderful, fun character and intelligent. And I think we want to be entertained,” she said.

Seymour, 71, did suffer for her art: She shattered a knee two weeks into the shoot while taping a scene, which had started out well.

Rohan Nedd (L) and Jane Seymour as Harry ‘Harriet’ Wild from the series ‘Harry Wild’, streaming now on Acorn TV. PHOTO: AP

“As I’m running across and I’ve done it, I’m silently saying to myself, ‘There you go, Jane, you could be an action character. You run like a gazelle. Who knows how old you are?’

”Things took a turn for the worse on a subsequent take.

“I’m running on asphalt, in the rain, on wet leaves with felt on the bottom (of her shoes). Splat! I landed, I thought on my chin, which I did, but I didn’t get wounded that badly. But I all the way hit my left kneecap. Anyway, the whole crew thought that the show is over, and I proved them wrong,” she said.

She also enjoyed occasional outing outside of work, alongside her co-star Amy Huberman, who plays her daughter-in-law on the show.

“We all hung out on the weekend. It was COVID. We weren’t supposed to be anywhere near each other, but I had this lovely little house right on the water at Dalkey,” a posh seaside Dublin suburb, she said.

“Patrick Dempsey was living in the house just across the way. We just decided to do our own COVID rules….If it was outside on my rooftop then we could say that we were actually rehearsing.”

One unusual element in Harry Wild is that Seymour’s character has a younger love interest. Stuart Graham, who plays opposite her as Ray Tiernan, is 54.

“They are talking if we come back in season two… the father of my son might appear, and they definitely want to make sure that I have some much younger lovers.”