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Series 1 - Episode 2
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If you need your wintry Saturday nights cheering up, for heaven’s sake don’t turn to
. It’s impressively and relentlessly grim.
Apart from the premise that two damaged detectives have stumbled on a secret Government file about impending apocalypse – hardly a pick-me-up in itself – there are downbeat story arcs about mistrust, mental illness and betrayal. And all that is trumped tonight by a case-of-the-week where a couple who run a PR firm are killed in their house by a bearded man with a hammer.
The case features a fine cameo by Christine Bottomley as a mum with an angry ex, the kind of storyline that writer Neil Cross (of Luther fame) knows how to give a real saw-toothed edge. The result is properly nasty melodrama – meat cleavers, shotguns, the lot – but gripping, too.
Renko persuades hungry young journalist Will Benedetti to stir up trouble by posting a story about the `Hard Sun' conspiracy, and immediately finds herself in the crosshairs of Security Services agent Grace Morrigan. As the truth is made public, a surgical strike from the government manages to diffuse the situation, transforming what should be a panic-inducing revelation into a laughable hoax. However, the dossier remains unaccounted for, meaning Grace's search is not over. Meanwhile, Hicks races to catch a murderer obsessed with the impending end-of-days, and over at the facility, Daniel receives an unexpected visitor. Sci-fi thriller, starring Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
Cast & Crew
DCI Charlie Hicks
DI Elaine Renko
DS Keith Greener
DS George Mooney
DCS Roland Bell
DS Mishal Ali
DS Herbie Sarafian
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