Trivia: Inspector Lynley

  • Denmark Loves Inpector Lynley: Like most British detective drama, this show is incredibly popular in Denmark. This is unsurprising, as British series have always been popular in Denmark and vice versa (for instance, The Killing and Borgen).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Guest stars include Idris Elba, Bill Nighy, James McAvoy, Richard Armitage, Neve McIntosh, Jemma Redgrave, Caroline Hayes, Gabrielle Drake, Samantha Bond, Barbara Flynn, Phyllis Logan, Henry Cavill, and Jenny Agutter.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Nathaniel Parker has outright said that he sees Sharon Small as his little sister. Which did not, in fact, stop him from shipping Lynley/Havers like it was going out of style - or trying to kiss her (as Lynley kissing Havers)!
  • Reality Subtext: Interestingly, Parker's and Small's real-life backgrounds mirror those of their characters. Parker is the son of a knight (and former British Rail chairman), and, like Lynley, was educated at public schools (private, for you Leftpondians). Small, on the other hand, is the daughter of a working-class single mother, grew up in the Glasgow tenements and attended the local comprehensive school. Parker says that when Small came to visit him at the beginning of their time working together, she took one look at his house and immediately turned into Havers! (By the time Sharon finished drama school in 1989, Parker had already had his big break in Pieces of Cake.)
  • Star-Making Role: For Sharon Small, who proved herself a viable leading lady with this series.
  • What Could Have Been: Nathaniel Parker said that he would have ended the series with Lynley and Havers holding hands and walking into the sunset. Cue 90% of fans wishing passionately that Parker had been in charge of the show.