What to say if you liked it
A drama of such complexity that viewers can feel really smug if they have a clue what’s going on
What to say if you disliked it
Rather be Walking The Dog
What was good about it?
• The guest appearance by Georgia Mackenzie as a detective on attachment from Kent. We so love this woman. The sooner she fronts her own series the better.
• Wil Johnson as the big, butch, brooding Spencer. Great muscles.
• The Boyd/Foley double act: Trevor Eve’s increasingly unhinged Boyd is hellish to work for but Sue Johnston’s motherly Grace Foley just about copes – although even she seems to be a bit fed up with Boyd’s foibles. The way they communicate – interrupting each other all the time – makes the working relationship seem very realistic.
• Boyd getting soppy about model planes, using them to explain the intricacies of the case
• Good use of a water tower where a gathering of predatory birds pecked at a dead body
• Grace’s mauve cardigan
• Lovely lighting, marvellous music.
What was bad about it?
• The disjointed storyline (involving poisonous medication, a Heathrow heist, shady Indians and handless corpses) means your attention cannot stray for a second which is not much use for those of us who have to make regular trips to the kitchen to grab a snack
• Boyd thinking he’s funny when he called a mummified body Crispy Duck
• It’s not as enjoyable as it used to be
• Esther Hall’s pathologist Felix, stuck in a moral maze and far too serious about everything.
• The flashbacks. Mel’s dead, move on. Watch Claire Goose’s career collapse like a ladder made out of a flan now she’s gone,
• Nobody asked the simple question: Why were the victim’s hands cut off? Come on Grace, you’re the psychologist. You should know!
• David Walliams in a minor role. Every time he appeared, we were half expecting an outburst of “I’m a lady.”