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STAR RATING: ***** The Works **** Just Misses the Mark *** That Little Bit In Between ** Lagging Behind * The Pits
DI Tom Monroe (Robert Carlyle) is investigating a series of mysterious deaths that trace back to his old school mates.
This is an inspired, fairly intriguing made for TV film with a plot with twists and turns that mean you really have to pay attention to it. According to the press, Carlyle is sick and tired of the 'soullessness' of Hollywood and is keen to stay over here and make projects with more depth and meaning, so that can only be a good thing. Even though it does feel a little derivative at times of other serial killer films before it (The Silence of the Lambs springs to mind!) in ITV's 50th year, this is a pleasing piece of work indeed. ***
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