I didn't know there was a second season of Band of Gold until I caught it by accident on a local semi-alternative television station. It seemed to have graduated from the realistic to the atmospheric, with two ex-prostitutes (Geraldine James, Cathy Tyson), a quasi-prostitute (Barbara Dickson)and the mother of a slain colleaugue having established a cleaning service, only to become unwillingly involved in fraud,murder, drug abuse,kidnapping, and suicide. Only one of them (Tyson) achieves partial security at series' end. The performances of James, Tyson, Dickson, Samantha Morton, Tony Doyle, Peter Firth, David Bradley etc. are excellent. If anything, the drama highlights two truths: the difficulty of trying to quit the "lane" and that the best English-language drama is, basically, produced in the U.K.
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