We catch up with actress Julie Wilson Nimmo as she returns to hit comedy Scots Squad on BBC Scotland.
This is your second series as DC Megan Squire. How was it to be back?
Louise McCarthy and myself joined at the same time last year and we weren’t scared this time as we weren’t the newbies.
It was easier second time round then?
You’re not as panic-stricken. Joining any show, you need to see how that well-oiled machine is working and find your place in there.
Is it good to see more women in the show?
Definitely. It was very timely of Scots Squad to get women in. I think there’s a real misconception that women don’t like one another. Hand on heart, I get on with most women I work with and I kept banging on about that during the production meetings. You see two guys getting on, but there’s still not enough women on telly getting on. Louise and I are big friends off screen.
After #MeToo, is it a good time to be a women working in the industry?
If women are getting brought to producers’ minds it’s a good thing. It’s a slow shift and it still needs to shift a bit more. I’m grateful for my career and the chances I’ve had.
Any research for playing a cop?
I love police documentary series – and it really stresses my husband out. I get so involved in them I make notes. I don’t even care if I get slagged for it. I’m obsessed. I can’t tell you how many of these shows I have on my Sky Planner.
Do you like ringing the changes?
It’s so important and as you get older I think you choose things better. When you’re young you’re terrified to say no. I love the theatre and want to do a play a year.
What’s it like seeing your boys grow up?
Having two boys under the one roof – they’re 13 and 17 – makes me want to run to my work! But it’s great, really, and their patter gets better as they get older. They’re a good laugh, which shouldn’t have surprised me because of their dad.
What if they wanted to follow in yours and husband Greg’s footsteps?
If they can get up in the morning and do a job they love, they’ve got it made.
Does it seem like a new chapter for the family with Still Game finishing?
There’s still the SSE Hydro to go but it has been years of Greg and Ford’s lives. Although it’s sad, it’s nice to move on to do other things.
Scots Squad, BBC Scotland, Thursday 10pm