Intruder is a new four-part drama series on Channel 5, over four nights, and prior to broadcast, I won’t discuss anything major that’s not in the trailer, so there’s plenty still to discover. After that, I’ll put any additional per-episode discussion behind spoiler header so you can’t accidentally come across anything.
Before the opening credits, there’s been a break-in, and houseowner Becca (Elaine Cassidy) is on the phone to the police about it, telling them how the burglar, Syed (Sonny Poon Tip) attacked her husband, Sam (Tom Meeten), with the uninvited guest ending up brown bread.
However, before too long, we learn that’s not quite how things happened because there were two of them working together, one had left and Syed was trying to get out at the last minute, but then sometimes, the impetus of a situation takes over and when you have a knife in your hand, you might just do something you regret a moment later.
One thing I did wonder is why this pair would go for such a huge house in the first place? And surely, such a large abode would have endless CCTV? That’s the FIRST thing you’d think of! Besides, these days, I think you generally get less house burglaries because you might trouser a laptop worth a couple of hundred quid, but meanwhile, there’s people walking around in broad daylight with £1000 mobile phones right in front of their faces, and a big meanie who’d take one of those and then leg it would be long gone before its rightful owner even knows what’s happened!
Anyhoo, back to this pair – who are also joined by friend Angela (Helen Behan), who’s still there from a long-finished dinner party – and they’re in rather a pickle, since what do you do next? That’s what they need to figure out. That said, before they got into that discussion, I was wondering, do you really call the cops, or since you’re living near the sea, do you just chuck him into the water? That’d be worth a thought.
Cold Call‘s Sally Lindsay is also on hand, and she gets involved as Karen, the Family Liaison Officer, speaking to both them and, later, Syed’s father.
At this stage, without going into detail about what happened – and while I will watch the remaining episodes – I can’t say I was particular wowed by the opener to this latest Channel 5 consecutive night offering. Meanwhile, the trailer, below, has everyone not trusting each other, whilst running around a lot. It was quite comical after a couple of viewings.
The following updates/additional thoughts have been added after the broadcast of each respective episode.
UPDATE Episode 1:
UPDATE Episode 2:
UPDATE Episode 3:
UPDATE Episode 4:
In addition, from Monday April 12th, because Warwick Davies hasn’t been too well lately, a number of new Tenable episodes have been hosted by Sally Lindsay.
Intruder begins on Easter Monday (Monday April 5th) on Channel 5 at 9pm. It is not yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
If you miss it, you can watch the each episode on My5 after transmission.
Episode 1 Score: 4/10
Episode 2 Score: 3/10
Episode 3 Score: 3/10
Episode 4 Score: C’mon, man!
Director: Gareth Tunley
Producer: Julie Ryan
Writer: Gareth Tunley
Creators/Writer: Gareth Tunley, Mike Benson
Music: Waen Shepherd
Becca: Elaine Cassidy
Sam: Tom Meeten
Angela: Helen Behan
Karen Bailey: Sally Lindsay
Inspector Lilley: Simon Coury
Haalim: Kris Dosanjh
Fitz: Seamus Moran
Syed: Sonny Poon Tip
Ben: Paul Tylak
Eugenius: Dmitry Vinokurov
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