This Country's Paul Cooper based Martin Mucklowe on serial killer Fred West

Danny Thompson
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Daisy and Paul Cooper appearing on Gogglebox (credit: Channel 4/Gogglebox)
Daisy and Paul Cooper appearing on Gogglebox (credit: Channel 4/Gogglebox)

This Country dad Martin Mucklowe was based on serial killer Fred West - star Paul Cooper has revealed.

The popular BBC mockumentary comedy is written by siblings Daisy May and Charlie Cooper, who play cousins Kerry and Kurtain.

The show is very much a family affair, with character Martin, who is Kerry’s dad, being played by the pair’s real dad Paul. His brother Trevor Cooper also appears as Len.

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Despite having no previous acting experience, Cooper senior was convinced to try for the part, and was advised to base his character mannerisms on the evil West.

Paul told Metro.co.uk: “Daisy said ‘you kinda look like me and we have the same genes so why don’t you give it a go and do a screen test?’

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Daisy May Cooper (L) and Charlie Cooper with the award for Scripted Comedy for 'This Country', pose in the press room at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Daisy May Cooper (L) and Charlie Cooper with the award for Scripted Comedy for 'This Country', pose in the press room at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

“They said ‘listen to the police interviews of Fred West – that quiet kind of voice but saying chilling things’ so I went on YouTube and listened to those and got the voice.”

The character proves something of a villain throughout the show, moving between indifferent towards daughter Kerry and slightly menacing towards people who disagree with him. His also rumoured to be a voyeur.

Photograph of Fred West. Frederick Walter Stephen West (1941-1995) an English serial killer who, along with his wife Rosemary West (1953-), committed at least 12 murders between 1967 and 1987. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Photograph of Fred West. Frederick Walter Stephen West (1941-1995) an English serial killer who, along with his wife Rosemary West (1953-), committed at least 12 murders between 1967 and 1987. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The character even mentions knowing Fred West, saying he played pool with him and praising his skills as a builder - a scene Cooper says he ad-libbed during the screen test.

The scene sees Martin Mucklowe say he knows West did “some iffy things” but adds “as a builder he was top notch”.

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Along with wife Rose, West killed at least 12 people including her eight-year-old stepdaughter Charmaine and 16-year-old daughter Heather.

Some victims were buried at their home in Gloucester - the address was later demolished.

Paul and daughter Daisy have been seen recently taking part in the celebrity edition of Channel 4 show Gogglebox.