Featured Post

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Accused: Stephen's Story, BBC1



Last week somebody noted that I didn’t give credit to Jimmy McGovern’s co-writers on Accused and it’s a fair comment as every week he does work alongside another writer to create these brilliant stories. This week’s co-writer is Danny Brocklehurst, who last year penned the brilliant Exile as well as having previously worked with McGovern on The Street and an episode of series one of Accused. Here the pair tell the tale of Stephen Cartwright, (Robert Sheehan) a young bowling alley employee who may or may not have psychiatric issues so as we view the story through his eyes we don’t know how much his opinion of the other characters can be trusted.

As the story opens Stephen’s father Peter (John Bishop) has hired residential nurse Charlotte (Sheridan Smith) to care for his terminally ill mother. Right from the offset Stephen is slightly suspicious of Charlotte’s motives as he notices a several of the buttons on her uniform are undone to reveal a bit of cleavage. He also sees her demonstrate how easy it is to give herself injections for the pain. Inevitably Stephen’s mother passes away so for a while he, his father and his brother Dom (Josh Bolt) have to learn without her however soon Stephen’s world is turned upside down when Peter starts seeing Charlotte. Charlotte continues to get her feet comfortably under the table of the family home and tries to boss around the two boys. Stephen struggles to take her authority seriously by refusing to wash the dishes after she asks him to. Though he feels he’s got one over on her his demons start to to take control.A ghostly Alastair Campbell informs him, via the TV screen, that Charlotte is going to start making out that Stephen’s illness is causing him to be paranoid about her taking his mother’s place. As events go on he starts to get more and more agitated as he believes she is trying to harm everyone close to him but he struggles to get anybody to listen to him.

It’s a shame that this series of Accused has been such a strong one as for me Stephen’s story is possibly the weakest episode of the bunch. That may be due to the detached nature of the lead character. McGovern and Brocklehurst have created a lead character who spends a lot of the time dazing off into the distance who often has visions of his departed mother and is completely suspicious of the motives of most of the people around. It’s clear that the writers wanted us to constantly question if Stephen’s thoughts about Charlotte were warranted as we never once saw a scene with her where he wasn’t present. Everything we learn about Charlotte we learn from Stephen's point of view. If there’s anyone to empathise with here than it's Peter. He is a man who lost the love of his life and is simply trying to move on with another woman who happens to be the nurse of his late wife. He's a man torn between Charlotte and Stephen the situation comes to a point where he is forced to take sides.

What I did like about this episode of Accused was the visual style employed to show Stephen’s possible descent into madness and his failure to cope with the new situation he finds himself in. Personally I thought the scenes in the bowling alley were superb as we saw Stephen surrounded by a mass of flashing lights and loud noises coming from the various arcade games and when combined with constant thud of balls being thrown down lanes make this an environment where the paranoid Stephen can block out the thoughts he has about Charlotte. I also enjoyed the voices in Stephen’s head coming via Alastair Campbell, a person who nobody should really listen to for advice, as it made his paranoia almost seem observe with the former spin doctor warning him against the woman who would possibly become his step-mother.

As far as the performances go I was really impressed with Robert Sheehan in the lead role as this somewhat detached, possibly ill character he reigned back his usual cheeky charm which I found a bit much when he played Nathan in Misfits. Even though I found it hard to sympathise with his plight at times. This was a young man who’d had to deal with a lot and was visibly struggling to cope with the latest development in his home life. This episode of Accused also kicked off an autumn in which we will be seeing a lot of Sheridan Smith in dramatic roles and here as Charlotte she was utterly brilliant as a woman who may or may not have an ulterior motive. Smith’s greatest quality here were her slightly evil stares where you felt she may have actually committed some of the crimes that Stephen has already found her guilty of. The star of the show though was John Bishop who, like Olivia Coleman last week, was a character coping with great loss and trying to start anew in the only way he thought he could. There were several scenes towards the end of the episode in which Bishop was so convincing that I almost forgot that this was the loud scouse comic who has his own Saturday night show on BBC1.

While not as instantly memorable as the last two episodes of Accused, Stephen’s Story has a lot going for it namely three great performances from Sheehan, Smith and Bishop. The visual style of the episode was also striking with the neon-glow and noisy atmosphere of the bowling alley being the element of this instalment that will probably stick with me the most. Overall though McGovern and Brocklehurst have once again crafted a story where there is no definite answer to whether the person in the dock should be found guilty or innocent and to me that is by far the best thing about the drama as a whole. 

Contributed by Matt Donnelly Follow Matt on Twitter

11 comments:

mmjiaxin said...

oakley sunglasses
http://www.chromeheartsonline.us.com
tiffany and co jewellery
tiffany and co uk
mlb jerseys authentic
Cheap Oakley Sunglasses
michael jordan shoes
tiffany and co
huaraches shoes
kobe basketball shoes
chrome hearts online
Michael Kors Outlet Online
cheap oakley sunglasses
cheap jerseys from china
michael kors outlet online
http://www.tiffanyandcojewellery.us.com
Michael Kors Purses
jordans for cheap
tiffany and co uk
tiffany and co
gg

John said...

burberry outlet
michael kors handbags
ugg outlet
nike air max
fitflops sale
sac longchamp
cheap oakley sunglasses
nike huarache black
michael kors purses
true religion outlet
adidas pure boost
michael kors outlet online
rolex replica watches
versace sunglasses
louboutin outlet
ralph lauren outlet
mizuno running shoes
fitflops sale
yeezy boost 350
hollister
lululemon sale
armani exchange
michael kors bags
coach outlet store online
michael kors outlet
canada goose jackets
coach outlet
michael kors handbgas
yeezy boost 350 black
burberry
2016514yuanyuan

Gege Dai said...

tory burch outlet online
cazal sunglasses
mbt shoes outlet
michael kors outlet
cheap jordan shoes
fitflops sale clearance
calvin klein underwear
true religion outlet
louis vuitton neverfull
michael kors outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
rolex watches
tiffany outlet
burberry outlet online
michael kors factory outlet
beats by dre
police sunglasses for men
toms outlet
ralph lauren uk
ferragamo outlet
fitflop clearance
chrome hearts outlet online
air max 90
mulberry handbags sale
fitflops shoes
ray-ban sunglasses
longchamp outlet online
fitflops outlet
chrome hearts
louis vuitton outlet online
prada sunglasses
jordan pas cher
ralph lauren outlet
true religion uk outlet
kobe shoes
chanyuan0606

Unknown said...

armani exchange THESE
asics shoes for
michael kors handbags We
oakland raiders jerseys not
michael kors outlet button
cardinals jersey below
pandora jewelry How
fitflops sale clearance was
nhl jerseys treat!
los angeles lakers jerseys identifying

jeje said...

nike air max 2016
links of london
nike roshe run
air max 95
adidas nmd
adidas yeezy boost
nike huarache
jordan shoes
nike zoom
nike huaraches

tian chun said...

Having continuous ray bans sunglasses
innovation and uncovering of the attitude, the earth's top Oakley sunglasses wholesale
sports brand unveiled 2017 new series Oakley Oakley sunglasses glasses, basic style and fashion features combined with excellent technology, enhanced technology, exquisite materials in addition to unique details, again to build extraordinary sunglasses ray ban sale
quality glasses set, design and style features perfect often the interpretation of the comfort, craze and function of creative combination.
With the accelerated pace connected with life, often in the way of elegant metrosexual oakley sunglasses wholesale
man on several occasions, the demand for healthy glasses become more diversified. Oakley Oakley's designers are keen for capturing the changes in consumer require, with the introduction of new Crossrange type series, respectively, regular modeling and motion functions design, meet the usual have on and sports demand, guide for all occasions with dynamic metrosexual oakley replica
man stylish attire and extraordinary performance.
Oakley Oakley has enjoyed often the world's top players benefit, this time the upgraded EVZERO STRIDE Light Sport shape zero all-weather super dynamics will not live up to expectations. For a final can be used for a variety of sports sunglasses, zero instructions all-weather large frameless style and design to minimize the glasses enduring the, perfectly fit the nasal and face, no matter what concern, can help the wearer to do the best performance, bring a blinding aura for every fashion mobility.
Take the light route HOLBROOK METAL Pioneer - ultra-thin metal is another style, they have rectangular lens and metal frame will be the perfect combination connected with life aesthetics and performance properties. What is more, the sunglasses was obviously a detail hundred-percent control, consuming high purity materials give 100% UV protection at the same time, a wonderful show color change is definitely sensitive to the wearer, get incomparable vision to enjoy.
As you might think pursuit of a positive life style plans, Fin Box - is often a rectangular rogue you don't need to miss. The design of the classic sq . lens sunglass ray ban cheap
is full of masculinity, but not only the material lightweight fashion, but with four sets diverse sizes of the nose, considerably improving the comfort of wearing.

raybanoutlet001 said...

oakley sunglasses
ugg boots
nike air huarache
true religion outlet
michael kors handbags outlet
ugg boots
gucci sito ufficiale
skechers shoes
ugg boots
versace jeans

郑佳颖 said...

nike air force 1
nfl jerseys
gucci belts
yeezy boost 350
michael kors purses
yeezy boost
air jordan shoes
nike roshe run
jordan shoes
michael kors outlet

郑佳颖 said...

mlb jerseys
hermes birkin
nike air zoom
jordan retro
vibram fivefingers
adidas stan smith uk
michael kors
retro jordans
pandora charms
hermes belts for men

raybanoutlet001 said...

replica rolex
clippers jersey
christian louboutin outlet
coach outlet online
seahawks jersey
bills jerseys
ralph lauren outlet
cheap nike shoes
cheap nba jerseys
new york giants jerseys

jeje said...

yeezy shoes
cartier love bracelet
adidas neo online shop
yeezy boost 350 v2
air jordan
nike air force
james harden shoes
kobe basketball shoes
cartier bracelet
adidas stan smith women

Recent Posts 2

Popular Posts Logo

Popular Posts

Popular Posts