In this TV Times interview Michael Kitchen described his character in Chancer as a “[not] terrifically pleasant … lunatic”.  The superficial smile followed by a bone-chilling death glare certainly do suggest that Roman has a few screws loose, which is confirmed later when he kidnaps the baby.

From Patrick Stoddart’s review of Chancer for The Sunday Times (June 9, 1991):

The main waste was of actor Michael Kitchen, an actor of astonishing skills who should be doing better things than playing psychotic boyfriends of unlovable women in not-good-enough pop dramas. Despite his effortless ability to steal a scene, however, he didn’t get the best moment…

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