Accused: Season 2, Episode 2

Mo and Sue's Story (21 Aug. 2012)

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Mo Murray runs her hair salon with her friend Sue on an estate riven by gang violence. When Sue's son Sean is shot dead Mo spearheads a local group Women Against Guns,advocating informing ... See full summary »

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Mo Murray (as Anne Marie Duff)
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Sue Brown (as Olivia Coleman)
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Mo's Mum
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Jake Murray (as Thomas Brodie Sangster)
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Martin Cormack
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Judge
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Susan McArdle ...
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Mo Murray runs her hair salon with her friend Sue on an estate riven by gang violence. When Sue's son Sean is shot dead Mo spearheads a local group Women Against Guns,advocating informing on drug dealers in the area. She is therefore appalled to discover that her own son Jake shot Sean on behalf of the gang to which he belonged but is dissuaded from giving him up by her mother,who helps her hide the gun. They plan to leave for Portsmouth but are arrested and appear in court,Mo's sentence being made the harsher by Sue's reaction. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Bleak, maybe a little harrowing, but still compelling drama with strong central performances
22 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Mo (Anne Marie Duff) and Sue (Olivia Colman) run a hair-dressing salon on a rough, grimy estate that lives in the grip of gangs and gun crime. Unlike the other business owners on the patch, they defy a gang's warning and open up shop on the day of a gang member's funeral, a move they come to regret when Sue's son is gunned down in cold blood in an apparent reprisal. But as events unfold, everything appears not quite as clear cut as it seems, as events make way for an earth shattering revelation.

I wonder if this series is going to become a regular thing for me now, having tuned in to and reviewed last week's drama with Sean Bean, which if it hadn't been for I may well have never cast a second glance to this. Which would have been a shame, as in the space of an hour, Jimmy McGovern has delivered a raw, unflinching, brilliantly acted piece that repeats the formula of last time and delivers results that actually eclipse that just a little.

The concept of the main character standing in the dock for reasons we don't know about, while a seemingly straight forward tale plays out with twists and turns we can't see coming is a great strategy for this series and is even more electrifying than last time, or maybe even ever. While it undoubtedly paints a grim, depressing picture of a run down, deprived area that really feels like it lives under the boot of the undesirables in society (and that it feels all too likely could really exist in today's Britain), the main attraction here is the stand out performances, while Marie Duff strong, stirring support as the mother who stirs everyone into action while harbouring a guilty secret, Colman is a revelation as the bereaved mother, revealing a tender, while by turns raw and explosive side to her repertoire that she's never been allowed to show before. She may well be a case for a Bafta in a few months time.

In McGovern's Accused staple, this one's a Cracker! ****


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