The Victim follows ITV’s recent Cheat as being a four-part drama spread out over four consecutive nights, which is much better than putting it out over the same number of weeks, and expecting viewers to keep up with everything, even though that’s how it was done in the olden days (before Netflix).
Early on, it all goes a bit ‘Scream’ as a man gets attacked on Halloween, the man in question being Craig Myers (James Harkness) who killed Anna Dean’s (Kelly Macdonald – T2 Trainspotting) son 15 years earlier. The Number One suspect is Anna for having given away this new identity, but did she do it? Well, don’t ask me. I’ve no idea. I’m only at the first episode and it’s a four-parter as I already told you.
Seriously, though, this has echoes of the murder of toddler James Bulger, back in 1993, whose killers were since given new identities, but there’s always going to be people out there who’ll want to reveal those identities to the world. Anna’s son, Liam, was 9 at the time of his murder, but the point remains the same.
The premise in this drama is that Craig is not child killer Eddie J Turner, and that someone has posted Craig’s picture online and – as is the way with Facebook – moron after moron has shared the fake news until the lie is seen as the truth. Or is it him? I’m getting a headache and need a lie down.
Either way, this first episode is certainly better than The Widow, which has just started at the same time on ITV.
During the first episode, you will get the answers to some of the questions posed so far (and even if you think you’ve got an answer on some elements, things might actually change), but I’m not going to spill the beans here, because (a) that would be a waste of beans, and (b) that’s what the iPlayer is for.
However, one thing that IS a plus is that the ‘Next Time’ plays out in bits during the end credits, which means that the ever anally-irritating continuity announcers will have to finally shut the hell up for a change.
UPDATE Episode 2 (includes spoilers, so… a spoiler header):
UPDATE Episode 3 (including more spoilers):
UPDATE Episode 4 (and more spoilers, of course):
And big spoiler…
And more spoilery thoughts…
After each episode is broadcast, you can catch them on on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after transmission.
Episode 1 Score: 7/10
Episode 2 Score: 8/10
Episode 3 Score: 6/10
Episode 4 Score: 7/10
Director: Niall MacCormick
Producer: Jenny Frayn
Writer: Rob Williams
Anna Dean: Kelly Macdonald
Steven Grover: John Hannah
Craig Myers: James Harkness
Tom Carpenter: John Scougall
Lenny Dean: Jamie Sives
Rebecca Myers: Karla Crome
Solomon Mishra: Ramon Tikaram
Mo: Pooky Quensel
Danny Callaghan: Andrew Rothney
DS Lisa Harvey: Joanne Thomson
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