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This review is from: The Lakes : Complete BBC Series 1 & 2  [DVD]  (DVD)
A decade or so after seeing this series on TV, I was back in the groove in a matter of seconds, thanks to the dramatic scenery and punchy script. At times the atmosphere is as threatening as the big Lakeland skies but the hotel workers' romps provide plenty of light relief.
John Simm is rightly praised for his starring role but Jimmy McGovern's well-crafted characters are done full justice by great casting and performances all round. Chef, Chef's wife, the hotel manageress, the priest, the sister-in-law ... I could go on and on. The humour is black and sardonic, as might be expected from McGovern, but there are opportunities to laugh out loud as various revenge sub-plots unfold.
While series one is the stronger of the two, the second sets a standard that few TV dramas match. Memorable viewing and (with apologies to Chef) ballsy too!