Wolfe's Babou Ceesay defends show's "dark sense of humour"

Photo credit: Matt Squire / Sky UK
Photo credit: Matt Squire / Sky UK

Sky's newest show Wolfe is described as "a feel-good series about dead folks".

Starring Babou Ceesay, the comedy follows Forensic Scientist Professor Wolfe Kinteh, who is the north of England's finest crime scene expert.

Wolfe likes to bend the rules for good reasons but what makes the series stand out is its dark sense of humour, something which many might not expect from a show about gruesome crimes.

Photo credit: Sky UK
Photo credit: Sky UK

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Ceesay explained that the show got its sense of humour from talking to the people who actually do the job in real life.

"When we spoke to our forensic experts, they kept saying, 'That's how we stay sane. We see some of the most horrendous things you can imagine,'" he said.

"'We have to go home and eat dinner with our families, so we need to be able to keep this dark sense of humour otherwise we're done for.'

"There's a moment where we're talking over this body and singing nursery rhymes and all sorts of rubbish and I thought it was too much but apparently, it's one of the coping mechanisms."

Photo credit: Matt Squire / Sky UK
Photo credit: Matt Squire / Sky UK

"I think what I would like to happen is for someone to be shocked in a moment, but then find themselves giggling in the next and maybe be slightly appalled at themselves that they have. Then we've done our job," he continued.

"Be slightly disgusted with themselves but then to go, 'You know what, I'm human. It's complicated.' The human experience is complicated and I think we should embrace that more, that chaos."

Wolfe also stars Sherlock's Amanda Abbington, Game of Thrones' Natalia Tena and The Bays' Adam Long.

All six episodes of Wolfe are available to watch right away on Sky Max and NOW in the UK.

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