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A Mother's Son 

A mother suspects that her son could be the killer of a recently found dead girl, and becomes caught in a torturous dilemma of whether to denounce him, or protect him and hide the act.
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Series cast summary:
Hermione Norris ...  Rosie 2 episodes, 2012
Martin Clunes ...  Ben 2 episodes, 2012
Paul McGann ...  David 2 episodes, 2012
Alexander Arnold ...  Jamie 2 episodes, 2012
Nicola Walker ...  DC Sue Upton 2 episodes, 2012
Annabelle Apsion ...  Kay Mullary 2 episodes, 2012
Antonia Clarke ...  Jess 2 episodes, 2012
Jake Davies Jake Davies ...  Rob 2 episodes, 2012
Charles Daish Charles Daish ...  DCI McCleish 2 episodes, 2012
Ellie Bamber ...  Olivia 2 episodes, 2012
Juliet York Juliet York ...  Lorraine Mullary 2 episodes, 2012
Josef Altin ...  Sean Christie 2 episodes, 2012
Hannah Pettifer Hannah Pettifer ...  News Reporter / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Philip Wright ...  Murray 2 episodes, 2012
Shereen Martin ...  Pathologist 2 episodes, 2012
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A mother suspects that her son could be the killer of a recently found dead girl, and becomes caught in a torturous dilemma of whether to denounce him, or protect him and hide the act.

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3 September 2012 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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£1,400,000 (estimated)
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ITV Studios See more »
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(2 episodes)

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What would I have done?
8 September 2012 | by hillrosemarySee all my reviews

I'm afraid I couldn't disagree more with the previous reviewer. I found 'A Mother's Son' to be very compelling viewing. I thought Chris Lang's script was wonderful - natural-sounding dialogue, and for one hour fifty minutes of the two hours I was unsure who had actually committed the crime, so deftly did he hint at the possible guilt of first one, and then of another character.

The casting was just as good. Martin Clunes revealed acting skills I hadn't previously seen him display as Rosie's second husband, and his character, Ben, was a wonderful contrast to David, her first, superbly played by Paul McGann.

The drama focuses on the suspicions of the mother (Rosie) that her son from her first marriage may have been involved in the murder of a local schoolgirl, and her dilemma as to how best to deal with those suspicions. Hermione Norris, who plays Rosie, has a real talent for portraying women on the edge, and she uses it to its fullest extent here. Only once does Rosie completely lose her composure; the rest of the time her torment is repressed and, with increasing difficulty, held in silent check. Ms Norris, however, can do more with silence and a slight change of expression than others can do with many pages of script, and I sometimes found Rosie's anguish almost too painful to watch.

Alexander Arnold, who plays her son Jamie, is equally good, moving seamlessly from sullenness to anger and then fear, and all the time seeming to me to give a very accurate portrayal of a wayward teenager.

Yes, it isn't an all-action drama, yes, the build-up of tension is slow, but it's steady, relentless, and, I thought, very effective. Perhaps it's the kind of thoughtful, thought-PROVOKING drama that isn't likely to be wildly popular with a mass audience, but it certainly left an impression on me. Two days after watching it I was still wondering 'What would I have done?'


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