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24 September 2014
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Actor Liz White as WPC Annie Cartwright

WPC Annie Cartwright - Liz White

A female in the police at a time when women were often undermined, underused, ignored, and taken for granted. Liz White lifts the lid on her character.

"She's a very bright girl who studied a degree in psychology. After being a barmaid she felt frustrated and wanted to challenge herself.

"Like Sam she wants to help people in any way that she can. She joined the police force but she's stifled by the sexual politics of that time - but she fights on through that and is eager to challenge herself in any way that she can without compromising her integrity.

"She's a got a big heart which I think is the main thing that drives her. She's obviously very taken with Sam - he's the first guy that's come along and shown her any respect and she enjoys that.

"She deals with the sexism well. She still maintains a balanced personality and fails to get upset by it.

"It's almost like she too has come from the future because she knows that eventually things will change and the sexist men will be proved wrong. When Gene is so sarcastic and rude to her she just lets it go over her head.

"There are times when she is asked her opinion but when she's the only woman in a CID office of 40 men it's quite terrifying, she knows that they will take the mickey out of her. She just has to make sure she leaves the situation before she says anything that will lose her job. Rightly or wrongly, if she is too outspoken she is much more likely to get sacked than a man in the same position. She's keeping sides and playing a game, more than she's given credit for by Gene or any of the other fellas."

There's a spark between Sam and Annie.

"She gets very tired of his constant talk about how this situation is not real, that they are all figments of his imagination - she can only explain it as psychological trauma from his car crash.

"She'd like something to change between them because they are not just friends; he does love to flirt with her and there is definitely an attraction between them but then she isn't his lover or girlfriend. Worse than that, he doesn't even really talk about it with her. She gets frustrated with him because their relationship is neither one thing nor the other."

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