Last night on Channel 4. It’s been heavily publicised for its strong cast, in particular a return for Robbie Coltrane, as well as its topical subject matter — that of an old school entertainer being accused of historical rape.
Personally I thought it showed promise without being an especially strong episode. It was a little self-conscious: a strange colour palette, the lighting on Andrea Riseborough, Andrea Riseborough’s performance, the are-they-speakers-or-are-they-extractor-fans? decor… And there were a couple of odd, implausible interludes. Did you really believe that he would spend the night with his fancy woman at that exact moment? Do lawyers really come rushing into your home in the early hours? These moments had me doubting the veracity of the police interview, which seemed to be made up of random, but connected personal questions. At first I’d thought, ‘Wow, this must be how they do it.’ Now, I’m not so sure.
On the plus side, Julie Walters and Coltrane were ace, I really liked the music and like I say, I thought it showed promise for the future. No more long dream monologues, though, please.
Any other thoughts?