US telly show Beauty and the Beast is coming to the UK - star Kristen Kreuk tells us more

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If you've always wanted a bit more action involved in your fairytales, then brand new telly show Beauty and the Beast could be right up your alley.

Starting TONIGHT, the series is billed as a 'modern day retellling' of the original Beauty and the Beast tale - so don't expect any dancing candlesticks or singing wardrobes a la the Disney version.

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In this case, Beauty is Catherine Chandler, a detective, while the Beast is Vincent Keller - a soldier turned monster after some dodgy scientific experiments gone wrong. Cath and the Beast's lives become entwined when he saves her from her mother's killers, and she's determined to help him - whatever the cost.

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To find out more, why not have a ganders at this interview with the star of the show, Kristin Kreuk, who plays Catherine?

Hi Kristen. So, have you enjoyed working on Beauty and the Beast?

I've loved working with the cast and the crew. This is a group of people that can sit and talk about the show and how to make it better, how to make the stories work, how we can make each scene as dynamic as possible. The producers have been really open to collaborating with us, which doesn’t always happen, so I feel very lucky that we can really bombard them with ideas and they’ll take it in.

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Nice. So, how does Catherine justify her relationship with Vincent - after all, he's pretty dangerous..

After Catherine’s mom dies her sense of justice is incredibly profound. Vincent is the ultimate injustice in her mind. She sees a man who has gone through so much and even though she knows he’s not right for her, deep down she knows she can’t walk away from him.

Do the pair of them have anything in common?

They both want to help other people to avoid the tragedies they both went through. As their relationship develops and they become more relaxed in each other’s company we start to see their humorous sides come out as they become more playful with one another.

Are there any universal themes that run throughout the show?

Beauty and the Beast is about love. A love you build with somebody over time despite difficulties. It’s about looking past a person’s looks and chequered past to see their inner beauty.

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Deep. Now let's talk clothes. Is there an item from Catherine’s wardrobe that you feel identifies your character? 

Catherine is interesting because she is not a style girl. So for her it’s all about practicality. She has a relaxed attitude to fashion, but she likes comfort above all things – a good flat boot so she can run and hurt people if she needs to.

What has the fan reaction to the show been like so far?

People are already very intense about the show and we’ve only aired 5 episodes in America and Canada so they’re responding well so far. They love Catherine and Vincent together. They like all the mythology and they want to know how everything develops. They’re rooting for the characters to be together, which is great!

So, whaddya think Scapers - will you be tuning in?

Beauty and the Beast starts TONIGHT on Watch, 9pm.

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