The Fear

Series 1 - Episode 1



If you like your crime thrillers dark, nasty and old-school, try this. We’re in Brighton, where underworld boss Richie has made himself respectable, funding a regeneration of the West Pier and wafting around town in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes. But something isn’t right. Richie is behaving oddly, attacking a unicyclist and drinking for the first time in years. He also gets flashbacks: the past is bleeding into the present.

But Richie has a more pressing problem: black-clad Albanian criminals (the kind of amoral East European thugs beloved of TV writers) are moving onto Richie’s patch, bringing trafficked young women and a new level of violence. “They’re just evil, evil b******s,” says Richie’s son, Cal. “Yeah, well, so am I,” is Richie’s answer, and you feel a clash of empires
in the offing. There are shades of sagas like Boardwalk Empire or The Long Good Friday, dramas where old-school villains confront a new reality, but here with an added mental health dimension. The tale continues nightly until Thursday.


Drama about the life of a crime boss-turned-entrepreneur battling two new enemies - Albanian gangsters and an aggressive form of early onset dementia. Richie Beckett is now a respected, if still feared, member of the Brighton business community, but recently something has been unsettling him - he's forgetful, irritable and not sleeping. To make matters worse, the less legitimate side of his enterprise, now run by his two sons, is under threat from newcomer Marin and his family. While youngest son Matty believes they can do business with them, his elder sibling Cal is intent on asserting the Becketts' power. Starring Peter Mullan, Harry Lloyd, Paul Nicholls and Anastasia Hille.

Cast & Crew

Richie Beckett Peter Mullan
Jo Beckett Anastasia Hille
Matty Beckett Harry Lloyd
Cal Beckett Paul Nicholls
Vajkal Demosthenes Chrysan
Marin Dragos Bucur
Davit Shaban Arifi
Zana Julia Ragnarsson
Wes Danny Sapani
John Freeman Simon Armstrong
Janice Goodchild Michelle Bonnard
Donny Nigel Lindsay
Eddie Timms Daniel Caltagirone
Mayor Brian Cavendish Des McAleer
Milton Sidney Kean
Donna Lisa McAllister
Lule Eline Powell
Policeman Jamie Martin
Milton's girl Catherine Winter
Barman Sean Jackson
Director Michael Samuels
Executive Producer Simon Heath
Executive Producer Paul Stevens
Executive Producer Richard Cottan
Producer Timothy Bricknell
Writer Richard Cottan
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