The Town

Series 1 - Episode 2

The Town
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

The Town’s raffish mayor (wonderful Martin Clunes) is ready for yet another photo opportunity at the opening of yet another building. But he’s looking to his legacy: “Open everything you can,” he advises his long-suffering lieutenant, “it earns respect.” Well, only until he tells a cheeky child to “p*** off”.

It’s little moments like these that make The Town such a triumph. Everyone has a part to play, including the disreputable mayor, in the central story of angry, unhappy Mark (Andrew Scott), his younger sister Jodie who is adrift and reckless, and their almost invisible gran. Their little family unit looks as if it’s broken beyond repair when a long-kept secret emerges.

For Mark, nothing in his life fits, which leads him to seek comfort where he really shouldn’t.

About this programme

2/3. Mark is beginning to adjust to life in the town and finds a temporary position with the mayor's deputy at the council offices where his mum used to work, but he stumbles across a devastating secret about her that leaves him reeling. Meanwhile, teenage sister Jodie seems to be going off the rails, mixing with a dangerous older boy from school, and grandmother Betty starts a job at a local hotel, where she strikes up an odd friendship with a younger man. Drama, starring Andrew Scott, Avigail Tlalim, 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
Ann
Dorothy Atkinson
Ashley
Callum Turner
Karl
Jon Foster
Pam
Lizzie Hopley
Barry
Tim Steed
Harry
Toby Regbo
Jeff
Sam Troughton
Isabella
Hanako Rose
Hannah
Cate Hamer
Photographer
Paul Longely
Kid
Michael Olatunji
Police constable
Laurence Hobbs
Police officer
Dylan Charles

Crew

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