Criminal: UK: Katherine Kelly on Kit Harington's rape storyline

Katherine Kelly detailed her struggle to accept Kit Harington's storyline in Criminal: UK's second season, which sees him play a man accused of rape by a colleague.

The actress, 40, spoke candidly with MailOnline in an interview alongside her co-stars Lee Ingelby, Rochenda Sandall and Shubham Saraf, and discussed playing Detective Natalie Hobbs opposite the Game Of Thrones star, 33.

In the episode, Kit's character, Alex Daniels, insists he's being falsely accused of rape and what follows is an intriguing examination of how frustrating it can be for police to try and handle a case such as his, when it's his word against the alleged victim.

'I found it a really difficult thing to have to accept': Katherine Kelly detailed her struggle with Kit Harington's rapist storyline in Criminal: UK as she discussed season two with MailOnline

'I found it a really difficult thing to have to accept': Katherine Kelly detailed her struggle with Kit Harington's rapist storyline in Criminal: UK as she discussed season two with MailOnline

Describing how the storyline subverts expectations, Katherine explained: 'It’s not a clean-cut result at all, which is unusual for the show.

'For me, I didn’t particularly find it [flipped the #MeToo movement on its head], what it did was highlight how difficult it is to prove, and have evidence of, sexual assault.

'In most of the episodes we just need [the suspects] to keep talking so that we can get as much evidence as possible, whereas in this case there is no evidence that’s going to tell us one way or another so we actually really do need a confession. 

Plot: In the episode, Kit's character insists he's being falsely accused of rape and what follows is an examination of how frustrating it can be for police to handle a case such as his

Plot: In the episode, Kit's character insists he's being falsely accused of rape and what follows is an examination of how frustrating it can be for police to handle a case such as his

'We are sort of harder in a moral with him than we are with most of the other episodes. I thought that that to me shed another layer of light on how complicated and hard it is to get [a conviction]. 

'We hear on the news regularly about these kinds of cases and them not getting convictions and them not getting to court, and it shed a bit more light on why that is the case, and how hard it is to get some evidence together. 

'How you can misread texts like "he kissed me", and how that gets read and interpreted, I found it a really difficult thing to have to accept actually. Because it shouldn’t be that way, should it? But it is.'

Storyline: Describing how the storyline subverts expectations, Katherine explained: 'What it did was highlight how difficult it is to prove, and have evidence of, sexual assault'

Storyline: Describing how the storyline subverts expectations, Katherine explained: 'What it did was highlight how difficult it is to prove, and have evidence of, sexual assault'

Challenge: She added, 'We hear on the news regularly about these kinds of cases and them not getting convictions and them not getting to court, and it shed a bit more light on why that is'

Challenge: She added, 'We hear on the news regularly about these kinds of cases and them not getting convictions and them not getting to court, and it shed a bit more light on why that is'

Lee, who plays Detective Tony Myerscough in the police drama, went on: 'I’m all for doing something that raises questions, where you think something is going down one way and then suddenly your assumptions are questioned.

'I think there’s been people saying it might be a bit controversial but why not, that’s what the arts are all about, sort of presenting something that doesn’t sit comfortably so yea, I think it’s great. 

'It was an exciting script to read when I read it, none of us knew who was going to play at that point but it’s definitely a role that’s going to take some chutzpah and Kit delivered brilliantly, as all the guests did.'

Candid: Katherine said of how difficult it is to get a conviction in a sexual assault case, 'I found it a really difficult thing to have to accept actually. Because it shouldn¿t be that way, should it?'

Candid: Katherine said of how difficult it is to get a conviction in a sexual assault case, 'I found it a really difficult thing to have to accept actually. Because it shouldn’t be that way, should it?'

Different take: Lee Ingelby (R), who plays Detective Tony Myerscough in the drama, went on: 'I¿m all for doing something that raises questions'

Different take: Lee Ingelby (R), who plays Detective Tony Myerscough in the drama, went

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