Series 1 - 4. Kismet

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

This security business is a lark; it boils down to peering at people through half-open doors. It certainly makes up a lot of pouty Sam’s day, working for mysterious Byzantium, as she passes the time between doling out savage beatings.

In fact it’s not Sam (Melissa George) but Jack Turner (Patrick Malahide) who first cracks a victim’s head like a soft-boiled egg, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. But that’s what we’ve come to expect from a thriller so enigmatic it makes Homeland look like Swallows and Amazons. Even
the dialogue is opaque: Byzantium boss Keel (Stephen Dillane) tells a colleague: “We need the answers before we ask the questions.” Eh?

About this programme

4/8. Jack Turner is forced to bid more for the dam than he can afford. It appears he has hatched a plan with hedge-fund manager Lewis Conroy, so Sam sets out to find the connection between the two men. But while she is investigating them, colleague Aidan is looking into her past, having discovered some of his ex-lover's secrets. Espionage thriller, starring Melissa George, Patrick Malahide, Adam Rayner and Richard Dormer.

Cast and crew


Sam Hunter
Melissa George
Aidan Marsh
Adam Rayner
Rupert Keel
Stephen Dillane
Jack Turner
Patrick Malahide
Deacon Crane
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Lewis Conroy
Richard Dormer
Zoe Morgan
Morven Christie
Ian Fowkes
Lex Shrapnel
Stephen Turner
Stephen Campbell Moore
Natalie Thorpe
Indira Varma
Tom Beard
Edward Turner
Oscar Kennedy
Dave Ryder
David Sterne
Simran Bains
Manjinder Virk
Ben Bailey-Smith
Vincent Cage
Michael Carter
DI Everett
Jonny Phillips
Akin Gazi
Andrew Hayden
James Daffern
Trudy Barnes
Miranda Nolan
Young Sam
Maddy Griffiths
Sam's mother
Jane Riley
Bernard Faroux
Dhafer L'Abidine
Blank-faced man
Scott Handy
James Hayes


James Strong
Eliza Mellor
Smita Bhide