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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Driver arrives on DVD

Monday sees the DVD release of BBC1's latest three-part thriller The Driver.  With scripts penned by Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless, Exile, The Street) and Jim Poyser(Shameless, Heading Out), and a cast ably lead by David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, Blackpool, The 7.39), this three parter has an impressive pedigree but also a lot of expectations to live up to. The story revolves around Morrissey's Vince, a cabbie in Manchester who is tired of the daily grind and his indifferent family. As punters vomit in his taxi and do him out of fares, a meeting with an old friend, Colin (played by the always wonderful Ian Hart) who is fresh out of prison, offers something a little more exotic and, before long, Vince is encouraged to sign up as a driver for 'The Horse' (Colm Meany), a menacing 'businessman'. This can only end well. The performances from Morrissey and Hart are as engrossing and biting as we've come to expect.

Whilst elements of this thriller feel annoyingly familiar, it's the performances and our emotions toward Vince that kept us engaged throughout. As Vince gets in deeper and deeper with his new life, the audience can't help but sympathise with his awful predicament. Parts of the script rings true, whilst some other elements seem thrown in for no apparent reason.

The TV drama landscape is worryingly sparse at the moment. Broadcasters, ITV in particular, seem to playing it safe, cosy and warm with their recent dramas so I appreciated the fact that The Driver was packed with the grit and realism that I like in a drama. Morrissey does his job brilliantly and manages to make the audience care about Vince not matter how deplorable his behaviour. 

The Driver arrives on DVD on Monday 13th October  

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