The Fear (I) (2012)

TV Mini-Series  |  Crime, Thriller
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 756 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 3 critic

A Brighton crime boss turned entrepreneur and the disintegration of a criminal mind.

0Check in

Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 26 Sep 2012
a list of 43 titles
created 04 Apr 2013
a list of 25 titles
created 10 May 2013
a list of 30 titles
created 20 Jul 2014
a list of 36 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Fear" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Fear (2012– )

The Fear (2012– ) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Fear.




3   2   1  
2014   2013   2012  
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Line of Duty (TV Series 2012)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation by another cop.

Stars: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar
Southcliffe (TV Mini-Series 2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following a raft of shootings in an English market town, the crimes are retold through the eyes of a journalist and the tragedies' victims.

Stars: Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Shirley Henderson
What Remains (2013)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young couple move into an apartment only to find the body of a young woman that had been missing for 2 years but never registered as missing which leads to a deeper investigation into what actually happened.

Stars: David Threlfall, Denise Gough, Lisa Millett
Prey (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

On the run accused of a terrible crime, Manchester Detective Marcus Farrow tries to prove his innocence while being hunted by his former friends and colleagues.

Stars: Rosie Cavaliero, Darren Whitfield, John Simm
Top of the Lake (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan
Inside Men (TV Mini-Series 2012)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of three employees of a security depot who plan and execute a multi-million pound cash heist.

Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Warren Brown, Nicola Walker
Hinterland (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A noir crime drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where troubled DCI Tom Mathias solves murders while searching for redemption.

Stars: Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries
The Escape Artist (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A junior barrister specializes in spiriting people out of tight legal corners.

Stars: David Tennant, Toby Kebbell, Gus Barry
Secret State (TV Mini-Series 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Ralph Ineson, Charles Dance
Desire I (2013)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

What do you really want? And how much are you willing to risk/lose/leave behind to get it? 'Desire' is the debut comedy/drama short from Giddy kipper films. Set in North London it tells the... See full summary »

Director: Leon Ockenden
Stars: Michelle Birkby, Alison Carroll, Anna Doolan
Supreme Tweeter (TV Series 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Actor Harry Lloyd hasn't been in the spotlight since he was killed off in Season 1 of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones. In order to regain his crown he turns to social media, where he finds himself followed by the most Supreme Tweeter.

Stars: Harry Lloyd, George R.R. Martin, Alexander Hong
Good Cop (TV Series 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After his best mate and collegue is brutally attacked and killed, Good Cop John Paul Rocksavage seeks revenge on the men who killed him

Stars: Michael Angelis, Warren Brown, Don Gayle


Series cast summary:
 Richie Beckett (4 episodes, 2012)
Anastasia Hille ...
 Jo Beckett (4 episodes, 2012)
 Matty Beckett (4 episodes, 2012)
 Cal Beckett (4 episodes, 2012)
 Vajkal (4 episodes, 2012)
 Marin (4 episodes, 2012)
 Davit (4 episodes, 2012)
 Zana (4 episodes, 2012)
 Wes (4 episodes, 2012)
 Donny (4 episodes, 2012)
 Jason Kemp (4 episodes, 2012)
 Milton (4 episodes, 2012)
 Donna (4 episodes, 2012)
Catherine Winter ...
 Milton's Girl (4 episodes, 2012)
Amarildo Kola ...
 Alban (4 episodes, 2012)
Julius Peter Wells ...
 Albanian Gang Member (4 episodes, 2012)
 Seb Whiting (3 episodes, 2012)
 John Foreman (3 episodes, 2012)
 Janice Goodchild (3 episodes, 2012)
 Janey Beckett (3 episodes, 2012)
Sean Jackson ...
 Barman (3 episodes, 2012)
 Albanian Ganster (3 episodes, 2012)
Des McAleer ...
 Mayor Brian Cavendish (2 episodes, 2012)
Jocelyn Macnab ...
 Millie Beckett (2 episodes, 2012)
Rebecca Tanwen ...
 Young Jo (2 episodes, 2012)
David Grace ...
 Young Seb (2 episodes, 2012)
Michael Houghton ...
 Bouncer (2 episodes, 2012)


A Brighton crime boss turned entrepreneur and the disintegration of a criminal mind.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tv mini series | See All (1) »


Crime | Thriller





Release Date:

2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

O fovos  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Did You Know?


Richies mobile ring-tone is The Whos "Baba O'Riley". See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Fear (Channel 4) – Review
14 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The gangsters in Graham Green's 1950's classic Brighton Rock seem almost cuddly and lovable in comparison with their modern day counterparts in The Fear.

Neatly suited and booted wide boys cutting each other's cheeks with razors, and reliable, honest detectives have been replaced by slimy bent coppers and hoards of swarthy, Eastern European thugs setting off car bombs and hacking each other's body parts off with industrial-sized meat cleavers.

Channel 4's latest four part drama opens as local crime boss turned businessman Richie Beckett drives home from a fund raising event at Brighton Pier. When a passing unicyclist (yes, I did say unicyclist) thoughtlessly leans on his nice shiny limo, Richie jumps out of the car and beats the poor guy to within an inch of his life.

Only a few short moments after the attack, Richie seems to remember nothing about it. Is he suffering from memory loss? Maybe early-onset Alzheimer's? Or does Richie just have a pathological dislike of unicyclists? One thing's for sure, this is going to be no ordinary gangster series.

Richie is brilliantly played by Peter Mullan, who has kicked around TV drama for many years and deserves to be a lot better known than he is. You might remember him playing Gordon Brown in The Trial of Tony Blair. Mullan walks a tantalising tightrope between likable vulnerability and terrifying menace, and it's hard to take your eyes off the screen when he's on. There's also a nice little cameo by one of my favourite actors Richard E. Grant as Richie's suave but decidedly dodgy doctor.

Things get nasty when Richie's son Cal (played by former Eastenders regular Paul Nicholls) gets more than a little out of his depth with a bunch of newly imported Albanian hard men who want to take over his dad's seaside patch.

This is bad news for Richie's wife Jo (Anastasia Hille). She thought Richie's gangster days were long gone and she now runs a trendy Brighton art gallery. The last thing she wants is a load of claret being splattered all over her nice expensive paintings.

Cal's brother Matty tries to make peace with the Albanians, and all he gets is beaten up for his trouble. But there is far, far worse to come.

Escalating violence and Richie's rapid descent into a twilight world of frustration and confusion make The Fear one of the most compelling and addictive television dramas of 2012. It's jam-packed with great performances and stunning visuals, and Richard Cottan's script is fresh and original. Michael Samuels directs with considerable flair and style and is clearly a name to watch out for in future.

Read more TV reviews at

22 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The text messages in the final scenes crossword_fiend
Ring Tone PamerEldritch
Song that kept appearing throughout the series? Owen_John2003
Discuss The Fear (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: