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You know from the first scene that Channel 4’s new conspiracy thriller is strong stuff. We’re in a comic shop. Two strangers enter and start asking questions. Then they start gassing people. It’s blank and strange and it gives you the sense that we’re in a world where nobody is safe – just what you want in this sort of thing.
From there, we have to do our own jigsaw work with oddly shaped pieces of plot. Someone is blackmailing a civil servant, who prepares to take his own life. An 11-year-old boy eats a salad cream sandwich and sets about breaking into a car. An IT worker has a row with his boss. A student pitches to do a PhD on a legendary graphic novel... And that graphic novel is at the heart of this six-part series.
Some incredibly nasty men are after the manuscript, which contains dark secrets, and soon the members of an online forum devoted to it are sucked into real-world horrors.
The story is scripted cleverly and filmed with a kind of flat, haunting beauty. Oh, and Stephen Rea from The Shadow Line is in it, too. He only has about two lines to say, but he’s brilliant.
Five members of an online forum agree to meet after gaining possession of the original manuscript for fabled graphic novel The
Experiments. Unbeknown to them, a shadowy organisation known as the Network is in pursuit of the comic book and its agents are prepared to kill to secure the prize. Thriller, starring Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Alexandra Roach, Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins and Stephen Rea.
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