Martin Compston feared that viewers would find him “annoying” in a new six-part series that chronicled his trip around Scotland with presenter Phil MacHugh.
Martin Compston’s Scottish Fling premiered at Greenock’s Waterfront Theater, a venue specifically requested by Compston as a nod to his hometown.
The six-part series took Compston and MacHugh from Greenock, on the west coast of Scotland, where Compston lives, on a six-week adventure.
Compston shared his anxieties over the contrast of appearing as himself on television, having spent his career starring in roles like Steve Arnott on Line Of Duty.
“It’s kind of nerve-wracking because you have the character to hide behind.
“I’m like, ‘Am I a little too much sometimes, am I there too or will I be annoying to people?” He said.
He joked: “This is the problem with doing it with your friend: we can divide the annoyance between us.”
The Sweet Sixteen star said the show will provide “escapism” to viewers in “this week of every week” after Liz Truss was elected prime minister on Monday.
Compston has previously expressed his support for Scottish independence.
He felt it was important that the journey start and end in Greenock to show the city as a “hidden gem”.
“I’m very proud to be from here, it’s a huge part of my identity,” he said.
“The fact that we can continue to bring things here is a real joy.
“I love it here, so the more I can show it off, the better.”
For MacHugh, it was important for the couple to have a “full story” of what Scotland has to offer.
“People don’t really get a chance to see places like Greenock,” he said.
“And when they do, they’re like, ‘Oh, my God. It’s beautiful’.
“I think it was important for both of us to have a full history of what Scotland has to offer.
“It’s a very lively and exciting country again, and I think sometimes we forget it.”
Scotland’s east coast turned out to be one of MacHugh’s highlights, while seeing where he grew up in the Western Isles was one of the best parts of Compston.
“There was a little family reunion at the back of the house and suddenly Phil was back on the quad like Action Man recovering,” Compston said.
MacHugh said taking Compston back to where he grew up was “quite special”.
Both MacHugh and Compston claim to have supported Scotland throughout their adult lives and the series offers the opportunity to go a step further.
Compston said they tried to provide something other than some travel shows, which show “silly” places.
He said: “I can’t speak for other travel plans, but there is absolutely no hint of meanness.
“We are really happy to be everywhere and to try to show everything we can.
“I think we’ve found some real little gems and hopefully they’ll go there once the show is out there.”
The first episode airs Thursday 8 September at 10pm on BBC Scotland.