Complicit

Complicit
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Complicit is a thriller, but not a sweaty, bang-crash thriller. Writer Guy Hibbert has crafted a stinging, thoughtful drama about a battle of wills between two men that will leave you as drained as if you’d sat through countless car chases.

Potentially there are many lives at stake as MI5 officer Edward Ekubo (David Oyelowo) tries to crack a suspected terrorist, Waleed Ahmed, a British citizen arrested in Egypt and accused of orchestrating an attack with the deadly poison ricin on his fellow countrymen and women. The scenes between Oyelowo and Arsher Ali as Ahmed are electrifying. Is Ahmed an innocent man, unjustly accused by an obsessed spy? Or is he guilty and playing for time by twisting British bureaucracy for his own ends as a desperate man tries to save lives?

Complicit, though a bit arty at times, is layered with moral ambiguity
and asks raw questions about justice, expediency and the use of torture.

About this programme

MI5 agent Edward Ekubo has been monitoring a terror suspect for three years and is convinced an attack in the UK is imminent. Waleed Ahmed is soon tracked down and arrested in Cairo, but claims he is an innocent British citizen who has been brutally interrogated by the local police. Edward travels to Egypt to face him, confident he has enough evidence to tie him to the plot, but Waleed knows his rights and the agent is forced to wait. Meanwhile, his superiors begin to doubt he has a case at all, so with time running out, he finds himself entering into an uncomfortable alliance with the local security service, which is prepared to acquire the proof by whatever means necessary. Feature-length drama, starring David Oyelowo, Arsher Ali, Rupert Procter and Wahab Sheikh.

Cast and crew

Cast

Edward Ekubo
David Oyelowo
Waleed Ahmed
Arsher Ali
Ralph
Rupert Procter
Mohammed
Wahab Sheikh
Majid
Asheq Akhtar
Mr Akmal
Kaleem Janjua
Khalil
Nasser Memarzia
Katy
Olivia Sparks
Thomas
Paul Ritter
Lucy
Denise Gough
Secretary
Anna O'Grady
Judith
Monica Dolan
Coffee shop owner
Lee Whitlock
Anjali
Shanaya Rafaat
Marcus
Adam Kotz
Gareth
Sebastian Armesto
Tony Coveney
Stephen Campbell Moore
Moaz El Halwani
Mounir Margoum
Col Hazem Ashraf
Makram J Khoury
Taxi driver Farm
Lemanbihi Abdellatif
Girl
Zineb Samara
Waleed's solicitor
Laurence Kennedy

Crew

Director
Niall MacCormick
Producer
Kevin Toolis
Producer
Jolyon Symonds
Writer
Guy Hibbert
Categories
Drama

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