Diminutive movie star Tom Cruise says he is able to play the character of giant crimefighter Jack Reacher — twice his weight and 12 inches taller — by 'acting big'.
Eve Myles has to pull off the same trick in Keeping Faith (BBC1), in which she's an overweight mother-of-three whose husband sets off for work one morning and disappears.
Passing any comment on an actress's shape is now regarded as hate speech. Suffice to say, Miss Myles doesn't seem obviously obese. You don't look at her and think that, as Tony Hancock once said of Hattie Jacques, she'd need two lorryloads of wool to knit herself a jumper.
Eve Myles is an overweight mother-of-three whose husband sets off for work one morning and disappears
But as solicitor Faith Howells, fretting about her return to work after maternity leave, she was constantly worrying about her weight. She spent the first five minutes trying to wrestle herself into a dress for a night out — and when she finally got zipped up, her cocky nine-year-old took one look and announced there was no room for a pizza in there.
On her first day back in the office, the buttons pinged off her jacket with the force of shrapnel.
The idea, I suppose, was to convey Faith's insecurities. She thought she'd let herself go to seed, and feared this might have something to do with the sudden disappearance of husband Evan (played by real-life partner Bradley Freegard).
Real-life detective Louise Harries told how she cracked a cold murder case in The Game Show Serial Killer (ITV).
It nicely set up the return of Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stuart on Sunday, in superb drama Unforgotten.
But she had a lot more to be insecure about than a spare tyre. There's