Vincent, ITV1

by | Oct 10, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

A brilliant new vehicle for Ray Winstone and a great oppurtunity for Suaranne Jones to prove she is terrific and sexy actress.

What to say if you disliked like it

Just another ITV drama starring a soap opera cast off and that bloke who always plays Cockney villains.

What was good about it?

• The cast. Ray Winstone is brilliant as the spiralling-out-of-control hero. And Suranne Jones proves that she is a very talented actress as his sidekick. Add to that Philip Glenister, Eva Pope, Joe Absolom and the much under used Ian Puleston-Davies and you can’t go wrong.

• To add to the classy cast, Marc Warren (Hustle) guested as Gary, the husband who suspected his wife was having an affair and couldnt handle the situation.

• The on-screen chemistry. It’s obvious that Winstone and Jones get on as they work so well together.

He may be a little wider around the waist and greying in the hair department but nobody plays menacing looks and threats better than Ray Winstone. And Jones shows she’s no one trick pony. She oozes sex appeal and plays the conscience to Vincent’s impetuance.

• “I’ll do it.” “You ? You havent got any patience .” “Yes I have, I do jigsaws.”

Vincent’s rather unorthodox” techniques.

• The pace – 90 minutes was a good length. It didn’t feel rushed and it didn’t feel strecthed.

• The scary sub plot involving saucy pics of Vincent’s secretary being sent to all her colleagues from her mobile behind her back.

• Vincent bugging his estranged wife’s house as he couldnt handle her seeing someone else.

• The headbutt. Not that we tolerate violence but it looked so realistic.

• A very good episode that introduced all the regular characters well but also delivered on the plot.

What was bad about it?

• We spent too long trying to remember which soaps half the cast had been in.

• Another maverick lead character with marital and personal problems.

• Too much dramatic incidental music. Does that really add to one’s viewing pleasure?

• Having us believe that the recording equipment Vincent left Gary would record him beating his wife, and him not realising this.

• The slow, always questioning Robert (Absolom) was a little over the top at times.

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