The Level

Series 1 - Episode 5



Ironically, given its title, The Level is a little uneven. At times the Brighton crime thriller is all the things you’d want – tense, tricksy and liable to tie us in knots with its devious plot. But parts of said plot have had more holes than a seaside crazy golf course.

The good news is, things are now starting to gel nicely. That sharp-suited spiv Shay (Joe Absolom), who showed his true colours in the previous episode, is becoming quite a thorn in our heroine Nancy’s side. (Although, the bullet wound in her side, the one that everyone has forgotten about lately, appears to have healed up.)

As she tries to play all angles at once in the murder investigation, Nancy has one consolation. The local CID guy played by Noel Clarke, who has done little but scowl at her for weeks, is showing a softer side.


As police comb the haulage yard for clues, Nancy must hide her guilt from both a fraught Hayley and her colleagues, but realises she has left incriminating evidence at the scene. Newman mounts a risky armed operation to ensnare both Elliot and the truck, although events spiral out of control when Nancy goes unprotected into the lion's den - with unexpected and bloody consequences.

Cast & Crew

Nancy Devlin Karla Crome
Hayley Svrcek Laura Haddock
Sean `Gunner' Martin Noel Clarke
Kevin O'Dowd Robert James-Collier
Michelle Newman Lindsey Coulson
Cherie Le Saux Amanda Burton
Shay Nash Joe Absolom
Duncan Elliot Geoff Bell
Gayle Vincent Jane Hazlegrove
Darryl Quinn Lorne MacFadyen
Teresa Devlin Suzanne Packer
Gil Devlin Gary Lewis
Julie Ruth Madeley
Sharad Nayer Ashley Kumar
DS Delaney Hara Yannas
Metropolitan Police officer Neil Reidman
Psychiatric nurse Alison Lintott
Solicitor Doug Allen
Director Mark Everest
Executive Producer Kate Norrish
Executive Producer Polly Leys
Producer Jane Dauncey
Writer Gaby Chiappe
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