The Town

Series 1 - Episode 1

The Town
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

A seismic tragedy brings Mark back to his home town, somewhere he left years ago for London. He expects the old place and its people — his mates, his ex-girlfriend — to be as he remembered them. But everyone moves on, don’t they?

This hugely beguiling drama — the first television commission for award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett — smoulders brilliantly after first giving us a tremendous jolt. Slowly, we are pulled into Mark’s orbit as he tries to make sense of an unfathomable horror amid a sea of familiar faces. There are questions, but no one wants to give him answers. And what do the texted and emailed words “I know” mean?

To say any more about the plot would be wrong but The Town is shaping up to be a masterly ensemble drama with a terrific, starry cast. Andrew Scott is mesmerising as Mark, flapping in despair as his world crumbles, while Martin Clunes is just great as the town’s alcohol-soaked mayor.

About this programme

1/3. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, 30-year-old Mark Nicholas returns to the town where he grew up, but after 10 years away, coming home is more difficult than he could ever have imagined. An influential mayor is now in charge and there's a claustrophobic sense that everyone knows everyone else's business. As Mark starts to be drawn back into the life he left behind, catching up with school friends and his first love, he must decide whether to stay permanently. Drama, starring Andrew Scott, Martin Clunes, Charlotte Riley, Julia McKenzie and Gerard Kearns.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mark
Andrew Scott
Betty
Julia McKenzie
Jodie
Avigail Tlalim
Len
Martin Clunes
Shireen
Goldy Notay
Daniel
Gerard Kearns
Insp Franks
Douglas Hodge
Carly
Aisling Bea
Lucy
Kelly Adams
Alice
Charlotte Riley
Kate
Siobhan Redmond
Tony
Phil Davis
Harry
Toby Regbo
Sarah
Larissa Wilson
Steve
Martin Savage
Jeff
Sam Troughton
Sophie
Jade Gill
Karl
Jon Foster
Ann
Dorothy Atkinson
Minister
Cathy Sara

Crew

Director
Colin Teague
Executive Producer
Kenton Allen
Executive Producer
Simon Curtis
Executive Producer
Matthew Justice
Producer
Luke Alkin
Writer
Mike Bartlett
Categories
Drama