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The Shadow Line (2011)

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Chiwetel Ejifor leads an all-star cast in this gritty conspiracy thriller in which he plays a cop searching for the murderer of a crime boss. Detective Inspector Jonah Gabriel returns to ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Jonah Gabriel (7 episodes, 2011)
 Joseph Bede (7 episodes, 2011)
 Lia Honey (7 episodes, 2011)
 Patterson (7 episodes, 2011)
Malcolm Storry ...
 Maurice Crace (7 episodes, 2011)
Clare Calbraith ...
 Laura Gabriel (7 episodes, 2011)
 Gatehouse (6 episodes, 2011)
 Jay Wratten (6 episodes, 2011)
 Julie Bede (6 episodes, 2011)
 Sergeant Foley (5 episodes, 2011)
 Ross McGovern (5 episodes, 2011)
 Ratallack (4 episodes, 2011)
 Petra Mayler (4 episodes, 2011)
 Richards (4 episodes, 2011)
 Bob Harris (4 episodes, 2011)
 Robert Beatty (4 episodes, 2011)
 Bulkat Babur (4 episodes, 2011)
 Commander Khokar (4 episodes, 2011)
 Alison (4 episodes, 2011)
Nadine Marshall ...
 Forensic Officer (3 episodes, 2011)
 Sara (3 episodes, 2011)
 Andy Dixon (3 episodes, 2011)
Sasha Behar ...
 Laing (3 episodes, 2011)
 Commander Penney (3 episodes, 2011)
 Marshall (3 episodes, 2011)
 Kirsten, Julie's Nurse / ... (3 episodes, 2011)


Chiwetel Ejifor leads an all-star cast in this gritty conspiracy thriller in which he plays a cop searching for the murderer of a crime boss. Detective Inspector Jonah Gabriel returns to work after a botched operation that resulted in him sustaining a near-fatal bullet wound. It may be his first day back on the job but he's soon thrown straight into an investigation to uncover the identity of the person responsible for killing a notorious drug baron. Gabriel however is not alone in his enquiries, as Joseph Bede, a former associate of the deceased dealer, is also out to find answers. As the two delve deeper into the mystery, their worlds are set for a collision course. Written by foxmulder-605-330197

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The best mini-series of all time.
15 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The closest thing the Brits will have to an answer for The Wire. The Shadow Line is a stunning exploration of the line that men walk between morality, faith, justice and identity. The writers keep you in a constant state of mystery, unsure of who these people are and what side they ultimately lie on. The lines are blurred up until the end and everyone involved makes it a gripping and intense journey through this dangerous world. There are so many scenes that had my legs shaking in paranoia, dying to see how things were going to turn out. They somehow manage to make the quietest moments the most epic; there's a scene at the beginning of the fifth episode (that ends up lasting almost half an hour) that felt very reminiscent of that epic feeling during the Omar/Brother Mouzone meetup in The Wire.

Of course, the talented cast is an essential piece of crafting this brilliant work; Chiwetel Ejiofor is the perfect protagonist, a do-gooder with a potentially dark past who explodes in the final few episodes. Christopher Eccleston excels as the "good guy" on the bad side, a very Stringer Bell-esque character who takes a business approach to everything. The supporting cast all make huge impressions as well; Rafe Spall and Stephen Rea both create two of the most terrifying villains in recent memory. Spall the livewire with his finger always on the trigger and Rea the calm and mysterious shadow figure hiding behind the door. They take two entirely different approaches and each one is marvelous beyond words.

It's pretty hard for a mini-series to end up ranking among the best complete series for me, but this one is high up there. It's without a doubt the best mini-series I've ever seen and at the end I was definitely just desperate for even more. The final episode ends up having to rely a little too much on exposition and there are a few too many twists, but it's all necessary to wrap up the story and leave the viewer satisfied with answers. The Shadow Line is the rare series that will have you constantly guessing and on the edge of your seat. Intensity beyond intensity, a really powerful masterwork.

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