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.
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?’
“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.
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”.
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.