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Danny Boyle's name is on the poster even though apparently he only directed the pilot which is the weakest episode but who knows what that really means!
Starring some generic blonde American tart who does a good job of acting anyway!
And that ageing Irish bloke who looks familiar but you're not sure why!
And Johnson from Peep Show!
Most of the cast of Phoneshop playing serious characters for some reason!
That smug guy who looks like a young Cameron with less forehead, featured just enough to not be irritating!
In fact by the end he's quite endearing!
You know who I mean, the bumbling young looking guy with a face like steamed ham!
Ralph Brown as some sort of not-Mayor character!
A load of other actors who you'll recognise but not remember where you saw them from!
I feel like I should know who Nicola Walker is but I don't!
James Lance makes brief appearances in 3 episodes!
He only has one expression, why does he keep getting work!
A cast of thousands of 20-30 year old white men acting as some sort of stand in for the South-London Rioters!
Slightly incongruous credits music!
and Parking Pataweyo!
Everyone loves Parking Pataweyo!
My judgement may be chemically unsound right now but I really enjoyed watching this mini-series. Two of the writers from both Four Lions and Peep Show. One of them even worked on In the Loop! With some other writer who worked on Misfits and a bunch of other shit with them, either he didn't contribute much or he's been pretending to be shit the rest of the time! I think they all worked on Fresh Meat together but this is much more Armando Iannuci than that. It's not even supposed to be funny most of the time. In fact it's not overtly funny most of the time. I don't like cop shows or political shows or dramas and it's still really watchable. If you watch it all in one sitting there are enough unexplained jumps that I suspect they wanted almost one more episode's worth of story in there but couldn't!
Seriously though it's an interesting look at MET policing that does a really nice job of interweaving very human characters and their relationships and how that can affect different levels of the force. Like In the Loop did for the government, sort of. I thought the writing was superb in terms of being interesting and watchable without being stupidly complex, and the actors all did their jobs well too.
It's on 4oD if you can deal with their endless adverts but I found good links on primewire.ag, only one ad break in the whole series.
Props to Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong! And maybe Jon Brown too!
Each episode is about 45 minutes. Can you spot the point where the Phoneshop theme is playing? Hint, it's a ringtone, fam.
I spent far too long composing this post.
Andrew Brooke with a skinhead looks a lot like Voldemort.