The Guilty – Series 1, episode 2
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.Tagged in: Broadchurch, Tamsin Greig, The Guilty
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