The Guilty – Series 1, episode 2

Chloe Hamilton

THE GUILTY EP1 02 300x199 The Guilty – Series 1, episode 2SPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not seen Series 1, episode 2 of ‘The Guilty’

Well that’s it, I guess, the end of The Guilty. We’ve got our man. The mysterious Tom Rosen, who lurked suspiciously for 50 minutes before confessing to DC Brand in the final few seconds of the episode. Disappointed? I was.

I needed a notepad and 100 words per minute shorthand to keep up with the second episode of The Guilty. Clues were thrown at us at such lightning speed I barely had time to drink my hot chocolate. A big fan of Lewis (where the more tenuous the plot, the better the episode!) I’ve always considered myself to be something of an armchair detective, but this episode left me scratching my head.

As predicted, the series has tried to cram too much into too few episodes. This week we saw one suicide, one affair, one missing blanket, one irresponsible nanny, one trip to Germany and numerous shots of suspicious looking men. I feel exhausted just thinking about it.

Daniel Reid’s revelation (he was “shagging the neighbour”…of course) let the episode down. He tells police he was with Teresa Morgan the night Callum went missing, lying about his whereabouts to avoid coming clean over the affair. It’s a plot point so irritatingly similar to Broadchurch I could see it coming before the credits had rolled on the first episode. Despite a credible performance from Darren Boyd, the narrative jars and leaves me craving a final twist I’m not convinced we’ll get.

Thankfully, Tamsin Greig shines as DC Maggie Brand. Calm yet confident she holds her own in an office full of men, brushing off workplace sexism (“You were off having babies”) with her softly spoken no nonsense manner. Watching her doggedly pursue leads while struggling to come to terms with her own son’s difficulties at school is agonising. Strong on the surface she crumbles in private, crying by a remote lake in Germany as she listens to a voicemail from her family. Greig carries the episode, expertly portraying a woman desperate to find a balance between motherhood and an unpredictable and time consuming career.

Probably most disturbing is Jason Burn’s story. Persecuted by the public, hounded by the press, and interrogated by a rogue cop, we see Burn commit suicide at the end of the episode. The shot of his white feet hanging in his prison cell was exponentially more shocking than Tom Rosen’s surprise confession or Daniel Reid’s grubby affair. It implied something altogether more sinister at the heart of the police force, a notion which I hope the final episode explores further.

And so The Guilty hurtles full pelt towards its conclusion. I’ll be disappointed if Rosen turns out to be the killer. His bolt from the blue confession left me cold, convinced as I was the guilty man would be one of the main characters. If The Guilty wants to go out with a bang it needs to pull something spectacular out of the bag next week.

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  • molesey_,mole


    The real “killer” was actually revealed at the beginning – the “gardener” who said that he positioned the tree that supposedly covered up the burying of the makeshift coffin. His planting of a sapling underneath a conifer (and adjacent to a major root) was nothing more than the deliberate murder of said tree ! No person with ANY knowledge of plants would plant a tree there ( due to acidic nature of the soil, dryness of soil and shade – all due to the conifer ) and the lack of such knowledge amongst the police (and scriptwriter) shows the sad decline of knowledge about nature.

    On a more serious note, whoever actually did dig the tree excavation deeper to bury the body must have left numerous signs that the tree planting party would have noticed (let alone any neighbours noticing the noise in the middle of the night) and would somehow have to get rid of a couple of wheelbarrow fulls of soil !

    It is a shame that such an obvious problem with the crime was skated over in such an obviously bad manner such that the whole premise of the plot is destoyed – but such is mass-produced TV drama.


    As to the rest of the episode – poor acting, rushed plot and cliches galore. I don’t think I’ll bother with episode 3.


  • Janel Jones

    The latest episode reveals nothing – it just confirms what we presumed happened. Daniel Reid was not in the house but off with Teresa. The nanny and the thieving boyfriend were not interested in Callum. In fact he was being largely ignored by those who should have been watching him. And we recall that Callum was not deliberately but accidentally killed – while being abducted/smothered? – by someone who tried to resuscitate him. So if the house was open to anyone who cared to walk in, it’s time to be looking at Joe and Sean.

    As for Rosen, why do people confess to crimes they do not commit? Are their lives so unnoticed otherwise?

  • Tribeless

    Not even Tamsin Grieg can save this hopelessly poor drama. I don’t care what happened to Callum. Living in a neighbourhood as bad as that with such dullard residents he’s better off dead.

  • HTTP500

    It should be remembered that Tom Rose (Christopher Fulford) admitted to the murder of a child in the Cracker story “One day a lemming will fly”, and he was not guilty in that either, so he has form in admitting guilt and so I’m guessing it wasn’t him.

    I agree with a lot of the review except the fact the guy is called “Rose” and not “Rosen”. The first scene of episode 1 immediately made me think I was watching Broadchurch Series 2, though that needn’t have been a bad thing, but why rush the series so much that you don’t have a chance to work out who is who? It doesn’t give the viewer a chance to determine motives.

    I will be watching the final episode just to see what contrived plot is used to name the guilty (no pun intended). My bet is on the sexist copper.

  • greenlight20

    I agree with the review wholeheartedly. And oh how I miss the smooth plotlines of Lewis and Morse.

    These characters don’t feel as real as the poor souls of Broadchurch, and I agree with the previous commenter that I don’t really care about Callum (as upsetting as the story itself is) His Dad’s confession wasn’t as juicy as I’d hoped! Everyone has affairs with the obviously gorgeous neighbour shrouded in male attention.

    Lets hope all the loose ends are tied in episode 3.

  • JonCoe

    It’s been OK’ish. Can’t say it has gripped me.

    My money is on the mother or the lover.

  • jackinbox99

    So whats happened with the teenager lad who was supposed to be baby sitting? I thought at the end of episode 1 they sent the kids off with the 2 teenage boys to watch movies. The lad had already promised to show calum “something cool” later. Strange how that seems to have been all forgotten?

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