I'd heard that John Simm had become an unlikely sex symbol through the Life on Mars series, but much more frightening is the female following for Philip Glenister, who plays DCI Hunt. His character - a "male chauvinist pig" in the parlance of the early 70s - seems to get the ladies quite hot under the collar. In fact, you get the impression that he'd be free to collar them whenever he liked.
Take this blog from Imogen Ridgway on thisislondon.co.uk, for example. The comments from her readers seem to confirm my worst fears:
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