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The Shadow Line 

Detective Inspector Jonah Gabriel returns to work after a botched operation that resulted in him sustaining a near-fatal bullet wound. It may be his first day back on the job but he's soon ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Chiwetel Ejiofor ...  Jonah Gabriel 7 episodes, 2011
Christopher Eccleston ...  Joseph Bede 7 episodes, 2011
Kierston Wareing ...  Lia Honey 7 episodes, 2011
Richard Lintern ...  Patterson 7 episodes, 2011
Malcolm Storry ...  Maurice Crace 7 episodes, 2011
Clare Calbraith ...  Laura Gabriel 7 episodes, 2011
Stephen Rea ...  Gatehouse 6 episodes, 2011
Rafe Spall ...  Jay Wratten 6 episodes, 2011
Lesley Sharp ...  Julie Bede 6 episodes, 2011
David Schofield ...  Sergeant Foley 5 episodes, 2011
Tobias Menzies ...  Ross McGovern 5 episodes, 2011
Freddie Fox ...  Ratallack 4 episodes, 2011
Eve Best ...  Petra Mayler 4 episodes, 2011
Christopher Adamson ...  Richards 4 episodes, 2011
Robert Pugh ...  Bob Harris 4 episodes, 2011
Sean Gilder ...  Robert Beatty 4 episodes, 2011
Stanley Townsend ...  Bulkat Babur 4 episodes, 2011
Ace Bhatti ...  Commander Khokar 4 episodes, 2011
Agni Scott ...  Alison 4 episodes, 2011
Nadine Marshall ...  Forensic Officer 3 episodes, 2011
Bryony Afferson ...  Sara 3 episodes, 2011
Tobi Bakare ...  Andy Dixon 3 episodes, 2011
Sasha Behar Sasha Behar ...  Laing 3 episodes, 2011
Nicholas Jones ...  Commander Penney 3 episodes, 2011
Samuel James ...  Marshall 3 episodes, 2011
Anjela Lauren Smith ...  Kirsten, Julie's Nurse / ... 3 episodes, 2011
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Detective Inspector Jonah Gabriel returns to work after a botched operation that resulted in him sustaining a near-fatal bullet wound. It may be his first day back on the job but he's soon thrown straight into an investigation to uncover the identity of the person responsible for killing a notorious drug baron. Gabriel however is not alone in his enquiries, as Joseph Bede, a former associate of the deceased dealer, is also out to find answers. As the two delve deeper into the mystery, their worlds are set for a collision course. Written by foxmulder-605-330197

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Difficult At Times But Daring
17 June 2011 | by GrahamEnglandSee all my reviews

This series lost viewers from a strong start (for a BBC2 series) and got mixed reviews. You cannot win can you? All the signposted, glib, lazy, pandering excess of cop/thrillers blocking up the schedules, not just from the turgid ITV1 either, which many reviewers rightly are fed up with. Blick dares to dare at least.

'The Shadow Line' was not easy comfort viewing, that was the point of it, surely?

It compares very well to the missed opportunity of 'Luther', though in that case perhaps having one of the stars of 'The Wire' raised impossible expectations, even so, what a load of overblown, overheated, all sound and fury signifying nothing 'Luther' is - I gave up on it after series 1.

The Shadow Line had some of the very best, most tense, often shocking set pieces of anything on UK television for many a long time, these were not isolated either. This I think is where many draw comparisons with classics like 'Edge Of Darkness', The Shadow Line does not match up to that one - what does? Still, the comparison with 'Between The Lines' of 20 years ago, as some critics have cited, despite the very different series formats, is a fair one.

Overall, a good effort, worthwhile, a series that will be looked back on rather more fondly that the more negative reviewers think.


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