• Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

BBC The Responder: The sad real-life story behind the crime drama

from the BBC The answering machine is the new crime drama that has entertained many viewers across the country.

Although the thrilling series, directed by acclaimed actor Martin Freeman, isn’t entirely based on a true story, it does contain true-to-life elements.

He is inspired by a particular person working behind the scenes whose lived experience is reflected throughout the series.

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Tony Schumacher, the creator of the series, has first-hand experience of a speaker’s life.

Tony wanted to reflect that particular part of his life from his on-screen past, saying, “In a way, I feel like I’m The Responder to some degree and that’s my story.

“I was a police responder who was out in the rain at one in the morning, two in the morning, three in the morning, chasing people in the alleys and knocking over rats.”

Tony admits that a speaker’s job began to take its toll over the years, eventually leading him to quit his job as he struggled ‘mentally’.

“I quit policing because, and there’s no escaping it, I was cracking up in policing,” he said.

“And I had this irresistible urge to write.”



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“I was really struggling mentally and needed to escape and find myself but I also needed to buy dog ​​food during that time so I became a taxi driver.

“It was during this time that I learned to become a writer.”

“I wrote three books, sold them to Harper Collins and they did well.

“It got me out of the taxi, with a slight detour through a junkyard, to become a full-time writer on the backs of books.”

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