The Fear

Series 1 - Episode 2

The Fear
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Dementia drama or crime thriller? The Fear isn’t sure which it wants to be. The second episode gives us a lot of close-ups of Peter Mullan’s pained, craggy face, and quite a few flashbacks and hallucinations (often the sign of a plot slowing down).

Mullan’s character, Brighton “businessman” Richie, is losing it. Losing his grip, losing his memory and losing his battle with the Albanian gang who have moved in on his turf. The trouble is, we get too much of the Lear’s-madness storyline and not enough of the gritty thriller we could reasonably expect. At least Richie’s cool, calm son Mattie, excellently played by Harry Lloyd, is starting to come into focus.

About this programme

2/4. As the Becketts come under increasing pressure, Richie's mind deteriorates and he seeks help from former adversary Seb Whiting, now a respected plastic surgeon. For the sake of his family, Matty strikes a deal with Marin's gang, but it's his father who must negotiate with the injured Vajkal - and traumatic memories are triggered during the meeting, leaving Richie in a delusional state. Crime drama, starring Peter Mullan, Richard E Grant and Harry Lloyd.

Cast and crew

Cast

Richie Beckett
Peter Mullan
Jo Beckett
Anastasia Hille
Matty Beckett
Harry Lloyd
Seb Whiting
Richard E Grant
Cal Beckett
Paul Nicholls
Vajkal
Demosthenes Chrysan
Marin
Dragos Bucur
Davit
Shaban Arifi
Zana
Julia Ragnarsson
Wes
Danny Sapani
John Freeman
Simon Armstrong
Donny
Nigel Lindsay
Eddie Timms
Daniel Caltagirone
Janey Beckett
Emily Beecham
Layla
Liberty Mills
Mayor Brian Cavendish
Des McAleer
Jason Kemp
Osy Ikhile
Susie
Eleanor Gecks
Milton
Sidney Kean
Gordon Philips
David Verrey
Donna
Lisa McAllister
Millie Beckett
Jocelyn Macnab
Young Suit
Simon Victor
Young Jo
Rebecca Tanwen
Young Seb
David Grace
Milton's girl
Catherine Winter

Crew

Director
Michael Samuels
Executive Producer
Simon Heath
Executive Producer
Paul Stevens
Executive Producer
Richard Cottan
Producer
Timothy Bricknell
Writer
Richard Cottan
Categories
Drama