Blackout (I) (2012)

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A council man becomes increasingly disillusioned over the years, but a heroic act gets him approval and becomes a front-runner for the mayor-ship of Manchester while trying to keep his own secrets buried.


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Series cast summary:
 Daniel Demoys (3 episodes, 2012)
 Meg Demoys (3 episodes, 2012)
 Alex Demoys (3 episodes, 2012)
 Lucy Demoys / ... (3 episodes, 2012)
 Donna (3 episodes, 2012)
 Dalien Bevan (3 episodes, 2012)
 Ruth Pulis / ... (3 episodes, 2012)
 Millie Caswell (3 episodes, 2012)
Oliver Woollford ...
 Luke Demoys (2 episodes, 2012)
Lorenzo Rodriguez ...
 Charlie Demoys (2 episodes, 2012)
Karl Collins ...
 Bo (2 episodes, 2012)
 Sylvie (2 episodes, 2012)
 Henry Pulis (2 episodes, 2012)
 Eddie Dayton (2 episodes, 2012)
 Jerry Durrans (2 episodes, 2012)
 Detective Griffin (2 episodes, 2012)


A council man becomes increasingly disillusioned over the years, but a heroic act gets him approval and becomes a front-runner for the mayor-ship of Manchester while trying to keep his own secrets buried.

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Hopefully, 'Blackout' will be back out!
19 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Blackout' is what I would call a tense, character driven, political 'Neo Noir Thriller' series from BBC. Christopher Eccleston effortlessly plunges himself into the role of an abject alcoholic who still just does manage on as a respected councilman. He has many flaws - prostitutes, drinking, and work fraud to name a few - but his fatal flaw, which we don't ever really get any kind of clinical read on, is one of self-hatred. Never-the-less, with his one sober-fueled but brain-numbed act of gravitas, our sad protagonist changes direction and begins a very interesting, yet fraught-filled course.

The premise of this series is quite interesting. There are those who are evil and we know it, and there are kinds of evil operating behind the scenes, so-to-speak, that keep us off balance.

Eccleston handles himself very well as the lead, Daniel Demoys. In fact, this was my first opportunity to see him in a lead role and I was very impressed. Demoys' wife (Alex), Dervla Kirwan, is also a heavy hitter in this series. She more than carries her role, as usual. The busy actor, Ewan Bremner(Jerry Durrans), brings intensity and drama with his deep set, closely paired eyes sitting atop that hawk-like nose, drilling his opponents down with however much authority he wishes to personify.

As an aside, the Producers/Directors have dealt very well with inserting the cycle of alcoholism and family dynamics into the series. That is something of which we do not see enough.

'Blackout' ends in such a way that can be considered resolved or, hopefully BBC will consider following the lives and crimes of those we are left wondering about. So many loose ends or further mysterious trails to ponder...?

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