Like Father, Like Son, ITV1

by | Jan 24, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

We all know that ITV1’s two-part dramas are pap. It’s a law of nature. Written in stone. But this one is the exception that proves the rule.

What to say if you disliked it

Like Father, Like Son, Like So Many Other ITV1 Crime Dramas

What was good about it?

• Somerset Prew – great name, great acting as Streets-loving, world-hating teenager Jamie

• Jemma Redgrave – so elegant, so contained, so brilliant as Jamie’s Randy Crawford-loving mother

• Paul Chequer from As If is in it, playing a cop with a steely boss (“Mam” to you, young man)

• Phil Davis is in it, too, as Jamie’s father, who killed four young women and became dubbed The Suburban Strangler. Now in a secure unit, dosed up to the eyeballs and pale as a labrat, he’s still not sorry. They shouldn’t have laughed at him, should they?

Jamie’s shock discovery that his dad was a murderer. Thanks to Killer Web, he found all the gruesome facts on his father, who was listed behind only Peter Sutcliffe, Fred West, Harold Shipman and Myra Hindley on the all-time countdown of killers. • Exploring the boy’s reaction to this news is the most interesting aspect of Shaun McKenna’s drama – making the whodunnit hokum almost irrelevant.

• The premise is a good one – will the son of a killer grow up to be one, too? Jamie’s the prime suspect in the murder of sultry schoolgirl Morag. But we reckon we know who really did it.

What’s bad about it?

• We can’t accept Robson Green as a heartthrob capable of attracting a sensible middle-aged woman and a pretty schoolgirl.

• The schoolgirls all look as slutty as Britney in the Baby One More Time video.

Luke Knowles

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