Carter Krantz arrives in Blackpool to investigate who killed his mother. He gets a job in the local strip club. He soon realizes that the town has many dark secrets and that the killer may even be his boss - the club's owner.
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Daniel Mays ...  Carter Krantz 11 episodes, 2005
Ian Puleston-Davies ...  Shirley Woolf 11 episodes, 2005
Sarah Smart ...  Lola Sutton 11 episodes, 2005
Kris Marshall ...  Dudley Sutton 11 episodes, 2005
Philip Jackson ...  Leo Finch 11 episodes, 2005
Judy Parfitt ...  Mercy Woolf 11 episodes, 2005
Emily Aston ...  Ruby Woolf 10 episodes, 2005
Frances Barber ...  Connie Woolf 10 episodes, 2005
Roy Barraclough ...  Onan Van Kneck 10 episodes, 2005
Kenny Doughty ...  Liam Woolf 10 episodes, 2005
Paul Courtenay Hyu Paul Courtenay Hyu ...  Bryan Luke / ... 9 episodes, 2005
Ryan Pope ...  Chris Church 8 episodes, 2005
Beth Cordingly ...  Vienna Keen 8 episodes, 2005
Nicholas Beveney Nicholas Beveney ...  The Greek 8 episodes, 2005
Ron Cook ...  Hitman 1 / ... 7 episodes, 2005
Brian Hibbard Brian Hibbard ...  Willy Woolf / ... 7 episodes, 2005
Cheryl Campbell ...  Valerie Hinchcliffe 6 episodes, 2005
Jason Watkins ...  Bradley Stainer 6 episodes, 2005
Kevin Eldon ...  Shadowman / ... 5 episodes, 2005
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Carter Krantz arrives in Blackpool to investigate who killed his mother. He gets a job in the local strip club. He soon realizes that the town has many dark secrets and that the killer may even be his boss - the club's owner.

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The character name Ambrose Chapel actually comes originally from the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much", which is where the X-Files writers took it from. See more »

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An interesting, well-conceived show
29 November 2005 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** The Works **** Just Misses the Mark *** That Little Bit In Between ** Lagging Behind * The Pits

Carter Krantz (Daniel Mays) is a London detective who's taken a trip down to Blackpool- but he's not here to celebrate a stag party or ride the Pepsi Max. He's after the killer of his mother, who's dying words mentioned the name of a person at the popular seaside resort. But along the way, shocking twists and turns conspire to take his quest to an electrifying climax.

With this and supporting roles in films like Class of '76 and Vera Drake, Mays is shaping up a fair career for himself. He's a cockney actor with an impressive dialect and a smooth, natural presence and he has a likable personality, so I think he deserves this. He's helped by a good supporting cast, including Coronation Street favourite Roy Barraclough and a wheelchair bound old lady who provides one of the show's most pivotal roles.

Performances aside, Funland is a darkly funny, impressively voyeuristic show with an interesting premise and sound delivery. It's also helped by a foreboding opening score and an impressive and realistic use of Blackpool as the seedy backdrop for all the nefarious goings-on.

Faults-wise, there's one or two grinding, clunky clichés here and there, but I suppose it's no biggie. BBC 3 usually gets slammed as being rarely watched and full of useless programmes and repeats, but they've tuned out an admittedly rare piece of quality programming here. Kudos. ****


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23 October 2005 (UK) See more »

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(pilot) | (10 episodes)

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