It would be a real crime to miss TV characters on Saga’s Baltic Treasures cruise

Monday 16 March 2015

Meet the cream of British crime character actors on Saga Sapphire Philip Davis, Neil Stuke and Stephen Tompkinson to join crime-theme cruise

It would be a real crime to miss TV characters on Saga’s Baltic Treasures cruise

A trio of top British character actors will be on board Saga Sapphire’s crime-themed cruise to the Baltic.

Philip Davis, Neil Stuke and Stephen Tompkinson will share the stories of their acting careers and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of life in popular TV crime and police series.

There will also be a murder mystery evening and a crime-story writing competition during the 16-night cruise and Stephen Tompkinson will be one of the judges.

Philip Davis

For some, Philip Davis will always be Chalky, the mod in the 1979 cult film Quadrophenia, or Whitechapel’s hard-bitten DS Miles, the man with a low tolerance of timewasters.

Philip, who was named by Daniel Day-Lewis as one of his greatest inspirations, has been a well-known face on British TV for four decades.

"His characters all have a kind of behind-the-scenes power," said Rachel Cooke, TV critic of the New Statesman. "He's great at seething resentment, at-a-distance string-pulling and phony politeness in the face of another character's utter half-wittery. He doesn't learn his lines; he ingests them.”

Before the cruise, guests can watch out for Philip in the new series of Poldark, in which he plays Ross’s lazy manservant Jud.

Stephen Tompkinson

Perhaps best known as Alan Banks in the ITV crime drama DCI Banks, which drew seven million viewers, Stephen will be joining a Question and Answer session on board Saga Sapphire.

There will be a chance to see film clips from his career. One of Stephen’s highlights was working with Dame Helen Mirren in the last series of Prime Suspect. He has also enjoyed comedy roles including Damien Day, the ambitious and unethical reporter, in Drop the Dead Donkey.

Stephen, a cricket fan, said if he wasn't an actor he "wouldn't mind travelling the world as a cricket commentator, enjoying endless summers”.

Neil Stuke

The twice BAFTA-nominated actor, who plays hard-as-nails Billy Lamb in the legal drama Silk, will be talking about his role in the popular series. He said: “You never know what Billy he is thinking, which is what I enjoy.”  

Neil has starred in numerous crime series from Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Silent Witness and A Touch of Frost, to name just a few.

The versatile actor has also has recently appeared in the London premiere of Bull at The Young Vic, a razor-sharp play about the fine line between office politics and playground bullying.

Saga Sapphire will be sailing for 16 nights, departing on May 6, 2015 from Southampton with ports of call at Ronne, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St Petersburg (includes an overnight stay in port), Tallinn and Saaremma, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Warnermunde, Germany; Ijmuiden, Holland.

Price £3831 - includes UK travel package to and from Southampton, all meals and entertainment, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi internet, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), travel insurance and cancellation cover or a discount of £53 discount if passenger has own insurance cover.


Editors: Saga Holidays is the winner of seven British Travel Awards 2014 including Best Specialist Small Ship Cruise Line.

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Editors: Contact Senior Press Officer Naomi Thornton
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