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The Shadow Line 

Christopher Eccleston and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this intricate conspiracy thriller set in a world of blurred morality, inhabited by conflicted characters on both sides of the law.
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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


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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Written and performed by Emily Barker
Produced by Martin Phipps
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A fine miniseries in need for broader publicity
23 January 2018 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

This decade alone has seen so many great British crime/detective (mini)series that it has been difficult to keep track, but thanks to IMDB and Wiki, it is possible to look for references and like-minded works. I have to say I had never heard of The Shadow Line before - thus I began to watch it this Month only, with episodes in succession, of course.

Well, I can´t say I was very pleased with the first episode as it did not let me think of so many different levels, intertwines and twists I could see later on... I was pleasantly suprised about Rafe Spall´s performance, but Stephen Rea was not visible yet - and when he appeared, then the thrilling pace enhanced and I could admire Mr Rea´s talent again (in my opinion, many "more supporting" actors excel the "more leading" ones a bit). I became very eager to wait what would happen next, how and if the things proceed and what would be the outcome of this complex mess without really good characters... So, the final episode included additional surprises and the ending scenes differ greatly from usual round-ups of crime series.

All in all, well done, similar quality as Line of Duty or Luther... Again, I have some doubts regarding plausibility (what about such links in an EU/NATO country police force) but as all this was depicted in a thrilling and fluent manner, then I just let me carry off with the events and witty solutions.

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