Bluestone 42: The blue touch paper has been lit

Bluestone 42 actor Scott Hoatson (fourth from right) attended Duddingston Primary and Portobello High. Picture: BBC

Bluestone 42 actor Scott Hoatson (fourth from right) attended Duddingston Primary and Portobello High. Picture: BBC

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UP until now, Oliver Chris has been a relative unknown. Sure he’s had bit parts here and there, and was even engaged to actress Rachael Stirling at one point, but it’s as Nick in this edgy comedy for which he’s earning the praise.

Credit to him; may his star continue to rise, it’s deserved after all.

The nation didn’t really know what to think when it was announced a comedy - yes, a comedy - was to air about troops in Afghanistan. We all sucked in our breath, not daring to see the results of a topic that seemed too sensitive for comedic treatment. However, breathing soon returned to normal and the laughs came thick and fast.

So in the final instalment, Nick faces a gruelling challenge with a booby-trapped car bomb.

Edinburgh-actor Scott Hoatson co-stars as Rocket, a salt-of-the-earth squaddie from Pilton, who likes the simple things in life, “fitba, food and women.”

The 29-year-old says, “An enormous amount of energy went into making it authentic so that people in the army, their family and friends, can watch it and go, ‘Oh! That actually happened’.”

And if the series returns for a second run, will he mind the cries of ‘Rocket’ that are sure to greet him whenever he walks down the street.

“I wouldn’t mind too much,” he laughs, “but ask me again in a couple of years, my opinion might have changed.”

• BLUESTONE 42 - BBC Three, 10pm