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Underrated Early 00s Cop Drama,
This review is from: In Deep - The Complete Series One [DVD] (DVD)It's fantastic that In Deep is getting a DVD release. I only hope the Beeb don't muck it up and stop with one series (Dangerfield ceased at 2 series, Big Deal at 1...so they've not always got a good track record for completists)
The main reason In Deep is so enjoyable and gripping is the power house performance from Stephen Tompkinson. If you only know him from Ballykissangel and Wild At Heart and other dull as ditchwater Sunday night offerings than be prepared to be amazed as he is truly stunning in this. As an undercover police officer he becomes anything you want him to be; joker, psycho, paedophile, murderer, gun man and all round hard man and he plays each role with brilliant unsettling conviction. The scenes were he looses his grip on the real him are brilliant yet uncomfortable.
Nick Berry is perhaps less convincing, but nevertheless gives sterling support that is miles away from Wicksy off EastEnders.
As Tompkinson's character says to him at one point 'How come you always get to be Nigel Havers and I'm always Rab C Nesbitt?' Haha
It was a shame when this show wrapped after just 3 series as it certainly had legs. The BBC however didn't think so, preferring to concentrate instead on the similar themed James Nesbitt vehicle Murphy's Law, which started out atrociously, and woefully unrealistic, became gripping tough viewing-like this-in series 3 and then ended with two very short runs after that.
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Initial post: 1 Aug 2011 19:24:56 BDT
Mr. D. Ash says:
Its not a BBC/2entertain release so we are safe, it's a Revelation Films Ltd Release and Series 2 will be released in October followed by Series 3 early 2012 then probably a Series 1 to 3 boxset.
Posted on 25 Apr 2013 02:34:36 BDT
K. DeV says:
I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of Stephen Tompkinson's acting in this series. He is absolutely gifted. In one moment he's a crazed hitman with no moral code and in the next, he's this big loveable goof. When he breaks down and lets us see inside, Tompkinson is perfection at giving us the glimpse of how fragile his character Garth O'Hanlon really is. I'm not sure from where Tompkinson pulls his range of emotion, but that's why he's the actor that he is.
What also draws me in to this series is the interaction between the characters Berry and Tompkinson portray. They are each the only real thing (aka truth) in their lives as they lie or omit the truth from everyone else.
Best I can describe the series is "gripping and intense".
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2013 11:21:05 BDT
Man Out Of Time says:
Well said, nicely put!
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