Person of Interest

Series 1 - 1. Pilot

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

How much heat does one series need? This hi-tech thriller comes from acclaimed creatives JJ Abrams (Lost) and Jonathan Nolan (Memento). It was CBS’s highest-testing drama pilot in 15 years. The show did so well they moved CSI (they moved CSI!) from a slot it had held for ten years to make way. And C5 have beaten allcomers to snaffle another hot import.

After all that, it’s a relief the show is a moody treat: a down-and-out former CIA agent (Jim Caviezel, very cool) is recruited by a billionaire to stop crimes before they happen.

There are surveillance-paranoia touches and 9/11 references, but underneath it’s a steely crime drama with performances that could run and run.

About this programme

1/23. In the aftermath of September 11, the US government hires genius software developer Harold Finch to build a computer system that spies on the public, studying patterns of behaviour to predict the next terrorist attack. However, billionaire Finch discovers his machine is so advanced it can also predict lesser crimes, involving ordinary people on the streets of New York, and races to prevent these from happening, helped by a former CIA agent who has been officially declared dead. Drama, starring Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel.

Cast and crew


John Reese
Jim Caviezel
Harold Finch
Michael Emerson
Joss Carter
Taraji P Henson
Lionel Fusco
Kevin Chapman
Diane Hanson
Natalie Zea
Jessica Arndt
Susan Misner
Lawrence Pope
Chris Chalk
Brian d'Arcy James
Anton O'Mara
Michael Drayer
Anton's father
William Sadler


David Semel
Executive Producer
David Semel