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A Good Idea Spoilt By Bad Plot Elements
on 1 November 2015
The potential for series one was quite promising. Ben Wishaw (who was unknown at that point) played a great character, witty, amusing, poignant. Romola Garai was heralded as a strong female lead, in the mould of Verity Lambert (who didn't break through until the sixties). Poor Verity, had she been alive, she may well have felt insulted by such comparison, for Ms Garai played it like a wide-eyed, over-promoted typist who jumped into bed with the first vacuous, public school hunk whose wife had influence. There was a strong female lead which was provided by the excellent Anna Chancellor, whose character did things on her terms. The affair between the two 'main ' characters got in the way of the thriller conspiracy element, which showed such great promise at the beginning. Dominic West played his usual vacuous, public schoolboy 'cad' except when he's shovelling on an american accent, or Herefordshire one for that matter. He does a very good job of making his character totally unlikeable however, which I assume he was aiming for. I watched a couple of episodes of series two, but got fed up with the cliche-ridden plot and watching mooney eyes and the cad, who were given far too much air-time. Even Peter Capaldi couldn't save it for me. Very disappointing.