Utopia (2013–2014)
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Episode #1.2 

Unable to ever return to their old lives, Ian and Becky are forced to face the terrifying reality of life on the run. Meanwhile, Dugdale is drawn deeper and deeper into a plot that threatens to have fatal consequences.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Fiona O'Shaughnessy ...
Oliver Woollford ...
Lloyd Hutchinson ...
William Kaye
Ruth Gemmell ...


Jessica Hyde, a street-wise guerrilla, is the daughter of the late author of 'The Utopia Experiments', which details a germ warfare plan put in progress by the Network, who want the evidence. Jessica tracks down The Tamp, a former colleague of her father, who tells he that her father was working on the Janus Project, again concerned with chemical warfare but The Tramp is killed by Network gunmen Arby and Lee after pointing Jessica towards trusted MI5 operator Milner. Dugdale is concerned that his indiscretions at the Health Department have exposed him to awarding a huge contract for an untested flu vaccine to the Corvadt pharmaceuticals firm and his fear is increased when journalist William Kaye tells him he is in danger. Grant meanwhile gives a portion of the manuscript to schoolgirl Alice. Written by don @ minifie-1

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22 January 2013 (UK)  »

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23 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Last week's episode ended with Jessica Hyde turning up and introducing herself as this episode begins she tells Wilson, Becky and Ian that they must leave their old lives behind if they are to live. As they drive away she tells them about an organisation known as 'The Network', which was set up during the Cold War and refuses to be disbanded. We learn that her father was one of its founders but he left and went on to write 'The Utopia Experiments'. Meanwhile it looks as if the flu vaccine that was ordered will be needed sooner than expected after a fatal outbreak on the island of Fetlar... a disturbingly convenient and apparently containable outbreak. The only copy of part two of 'The Utopia Experiments' gets passed on from the wild child Grant to his surprising new friend a girl who attends are rather posh school.

This was a fine second episode which maintained the pace of the first while explaining enough details to stop it being too confusing. As with the opening episode there is a mix of mystery, comedy and violence although thankfully the violence is somewhat less disturbing this time. There are some surprises as we learn that it isn't only the 'bad guys' who will resort to torture and murder; apparent 'good guy' Jessica is just as willing to resort to such measures. I thought the opening episode was good but feared the series might just get more and more convoluted in an attempt to be stylish at the cost of a solid narrative but on the strength of this episode I'm inclined to think the creators know what they are doing and have a proper conclusion in mind; I certainly hope that is the case.

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