The Last Weekend

Series 1 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

ITV used to be known for psychological thrillers, often involving posh houses, dark secrets and young couples caught up in sinister goings-on. This adaptation of Blake Morrisson’s novel by Mick Ford (who wrote the excellent Single Father) is in that tradition, and that’s no bad thing.

Shaun Evans (who was the young Morse in Endeavour) plays Ian, an impoverished primary school teacher who, with his wife Em, is invited to spend a long weekend at the tumbledown country house of his old friend Olly, a rich, dashing barrister (Rupert Penry-Jones, obviously). Between Ian and Olly there are long-standing tensions to do with status, class and sporting rivalry. But there is also romantic jealousy because Olly’s gorgeous wife and Ian were once lovers.

These underlying fault-lines keep threatening to rupture the general bonhomie, but we get the impression that something worse is brewing, with flash-forwards to what might be a funeral, and a sinister, straight-to-camera narration by a misty version of Ian. We’ve got three more episodes to find out what.

About this programme

1/3. A summer break in the Suffolk countryside provides a rare opportunity for two couples to spend time together. The men, Ian and Ollie, met at university, but they have gone on to lead very different lives - one is a primary school teacher and the other a wealthy barrister. It should be an idyllic holiday, a chance for the group to catch up and relax, but the competitive edge to the men's relationship soon rises to the surface, with terrible consequences for everyone. Suspense thriller adapted from the novel by Blake Morrison, starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Shaun Evans, Genevieve O'Reilly and Claire Keelan.

Cast and crew


Rupert Penry-Jones
Shaun Evans
Genevieve O'Reilly
Claire Keelan
Alexander Karim
Hugh Mitchell
Student Ian
Dan Cohen
Student Daisy
Nicola Millbank
Student Ollie
Alexander Owen
Taylor Nelson-Morrison
Bullied boy
Rudi Goodman


Adapted By
Mick Ford
Jon East
Executive Producer
Sally Woodward Gentle
Christopher Hall
Blake Morrison