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Credited cast:
Nadine Marshall Nadine Marshall ... Sister
Daniel Kaluuya ... Brother
Jay Byrd ... Mum
Louis Mahoney ... Dad
Claire Lams Claire Lams ... Sally
Callum Dixon ... John
Nav Sidhu Nav Sidhu ... Deepak
Lu Corfield ... Jane
Dawn Hope Dawn Hope ... Teacher
Alex Blake ... Policeman #1
Richie Campbell ... Staff Bull Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay De Silva Jay De Silva ... Man 1
Ross Egan Ross Egan ... Late Student
Kathryn O'Reilly ... Police Woman
Azuka Oforka ... Girl #2
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Interspersed with a commentary by a female narrator,who at times assumes their roles,the father,mother and daughter and son of a black,South London family commence their day and we follow them through it in all its mundanity until it climaxes in a random act of violence,killing one of the family and taking up the after-math. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 August 2011 (UK) See more »

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24 August 2011 | by Jason MillhouseSee all my reviews

I really didn't know what to expect from Random. I'd seen the TV trailer and it looked interesting but didn't tell me much. I started watching and came dangerously close to turning off. The narrative seemed too fractured, too...random. But I stuck with it and I was so happy I did. It was an excellent piece of television.

What makes this so interesting (and ironically off putting in the first 10 minutes) is that the main four main characters of a West Indian family are portrayed not only by actors but by one actress (a remarkable performance by Nadine Marshall) appearing not only within scenes but also in a performance space, often with the actress superimposed as different characters on screen at once.

It is immediately obvious that Random started out as a one woman stage play with the story being told in a series of internal and external monologues. The creative decisions writer and director Debbie Tucker Green makes to adapt her work to the screen work extremely well.

Nadine Marshall reprises her role(s) from the original stage play and she moves effortlessly from an overbearing mother to a grumpy father, a bossy sister and a cocky son. The mundane nature of life is captured brilliantly with comic observations (which reminded me of the plays of Martin McDonagh) until a random act of violence straight from the newspaper headlines changes everything and brings on a tragic tone.

Well worth watching for an unusual, artistic, poetic and intriguing experimental TV drama.


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