I will mention what happens at the very start because that’s pertinent to what follows, but for anything spoilery, check out the hidden spoiler section later on… which is hidden so you can’t accidentally trip over it.
So, the three-part drama begins with Connie Mortensen (Denise Gough – Paula) driving towards a bridge for which the barrier over the water has come down, until it’s safe to cross again. With two children in the back, she reverses at speed, screeches to a half, and then does the unthinkable… driving off the end, putting the children in hospital, her in psychiatric care and up on an attempted murder charge.
Sent in to assess her is forensic psychiatrist Dr. Emma Robinson (Emily Watson – Chernobyl), and while conversing with Connie – who claims she can’t recall what happened and is clearly a sandwich short of a picnic – must decide if she’s locked up for life, hospitalised for life or set free.
Thus sets the potential for a strong pot-boiler… but it does not fulfil that. I’ll set out the reasons in my spoilery section for episode 1 next.
Spoiler-free-wise, I presume this was filmed in late 2020 when things opened up slightly, because in a flashback scene, one character talks about how she works from home, which wasn’t a general thing before last year. Plus, there’s a dinner party which follows the ‘rule of six’ (people, for anyone outside the UK)
UPDATE Episode 2:
UPDATE Episode 3:
Episode 1: 3/10
Episode 2: 1/10
Episode 3: 2/10
Director: Sue Tully
Producer: Letitia Knight
Writer: Clara Salaman (based on her novel)
Music: Jack Halama
Dr. Emma Robinson: Emily Watson
Connie Mortensen: Denise Gough
Ness: Thalissa Teixeira
Si Robertson: Risteard Cooper
Karl Mortensen: Jamie Sives
Josh Mortensen: Henry Helm
Annie Mortensen: Isabelle Mullally
Julia de Cadenet: Eileen Davies
Savannah: Grace Calder
Adrian: Alex Hughes
Ahemd: Abe Jarman
Judge: Hiten Patel
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