Award winning playwright Penhall explores a forgotten corner of multi-cultural London in his first original screen play that focuses on his lead character's struggle to comprehend his own cultural identity and where he fits into this lost world as he examines a very brutal murder.
Parkes makes a charming lead with his powerful central performance that holds together a diverse cast that includes an insipid performance from Smith (the new Doctor Who), Walker, Varma, Akuwudike, newcomers Mosaku and Abili, and veteran Waterman.
Episode one layers on the intrigue as Parkes and Smith become uneasy bedfellows as they commence their investigation and make their first contacts with the charming Walker, the gorgeous Mosaku and the menacing Abili who seems to stand above it all. You're a sick man, Moses Jones.
Episode two sets Parkes and Smith at each others throats as the frustration builds until Mosaku and Varma point them in the direction of the slimy Waterman and subsequently pay for their indiscretion. Even bad guys need music.
Episode three builds up to an explosive conclusion as Parkes and Mosaku become close, Abili goes over the edge, and all reveal more personal links to the case the previously suspected. We need armed backup, now!
The creators use the gritty back alleys of immigrant London as the setting for a dark and violent drama series with nauseating scenes of violence that are not for the feint of heart that dissects it's main character with all the subtlety of Soloman's baseball bat and comes to a confused and somewhat rushed conclusion.
To make peace, first you must make war.