Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
I was first drawn in to watch this by the promise of Paul Chequer. I hadn't seen him in anything since As If and was interested to see if he could do anything else. The addition of Jemima Rooper (also from As If) and Navin Chowdry (already shown considerable talent in Teachers and Nylon) made this a must watch.
I was not disappointed. Excellently paced with trips and back and forward in time to keep you thinking as well as watching this is the kind of clever drama we should expect to see on BBC3.
Inevitably this will be compared with As If and I think it comes off better as a more mature and thoughtful drama focusing on the rights and wrongs of lying to protect others.
The ending was brilliant - both sides of the story would have been worthy of an ending and it just shows how small things can change lives. A second series would be welcomed if they can find a way to keep it as fresh and meaningful as the first.
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