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A young couple move into an apartment only to find the body of a young woman that had been missing for 2 years but never registered as missing which leads to a deeper investigation into what actually happened.
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Series cast summary:
Alexander Arnold ...  Adam Moss 4 episodes, 2013
Denise Gough ...  Liz Fletcher 4 episodes, 2013
Lisa Millett ...  DCI Alice Yapp 4 episodes, 2013
David Threlfall ...  Len Harper 4 episodes, 2013
Russell Tovey ...  Michael 4 episodes, 2013
Indira Varma ...  Elaine 4 episodes, 2013
David Bamber ...  Joe / ... 4 episodes, 2013
Amber Rose Revah ...  Vidya / ... 4 episodes, 2013
Claudie Blakley ...  Patricia 4 episodes, 2013
Jessica Gunning ...  Melissa Young 4 episodes, 2013
Victoria Hamilton ...  Peggy 4 episodes, 2013
Steven Mackintosh ...  Kieron 4 episodes, 2013
Chloe Farnworth ...  Swimsuit Model in Catalogue 3 episodes, 2013
Lee Nicholas Harris ...  Station Desk Sergeant 3 episodes, 2013
Martha Mackintosh Martha Mackintosh ...  Peri 3 episodes, 2013
Glenn Webster ...  Police Officer / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Michael Webber Michael Webber ...  Frank 2 episodes, 2013
Terence Beesley ...  DCI Burrows 2 episodes, 2013
Ziggy Heath ...  Alex Harper 2 episodes, 2013
Jeremy J J Webb Jeremy J J Webb ...  Police Officer 2 episodes, 2013


A young couple move into an apartment only to find the body of a young woman that had been missing for 2 years but never registered as missing which leads to a deeper investigation into what actually happened.

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When we shut the door and we're all alone, that's who we really are.








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2013 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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BBC Drama Productions See more »
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(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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House of Wackos
16 September 2013 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

This four part thriller shown on the BBC on consecutive Sundays turned out to be an excursion into modern-day Gothic melodrama mixed in with a good old-fashioned whodunit. Along the way it tries to make points about neighbourliness, loneliness and control as all of the inhabitants of a small block of flats conveniently seem to forget about the existence of the young, fat, solitary female who lived in the top-floor flat until two years after her disappearance, her bodily remains are discovered in the loft above her apartment, triggering the narrative.

Cue red-herrings galore and a backwards, forwards, backwards, forwards use of flashback to fill in the lead-up to the slain girl's demise. The viewer is kept guessing as to who the actual perpetrator is with a veritable procession of possible candidates paraded before us, including a seedy old teacher and the mysterious young woman he keeps in his flat, a pair of lesbians, one nasty and dominating, the other humane but servile, a careworn divorcée male newspaper editor, his reporter girlfriend and surly, hormonal teenage son, who are all joined by a young couple, him a feckless jack-the-lad, her a good-natured Indian girl, heavily pregnant, who move into the flat below the dead girl's and who actually make the grisly discovery.

Brought into investigate the death is crusty old soon-to-retire police detective David Threlfall, another Mr Lonely himself, who seems to relate to the dead girl so much that he pursues the case even after his last day on the job (and after his former colleagues have all moved on to their next cases) to the extent of staying overnight in her long abandoned flat, indeed for the epilogue we see him actually living there. He hits it off with the young mum-to-be and together they try to solve the mystery, indeed they are, along with the girl reporter, the only halfway decent people in the whole cast, the rest being an unappealing mixture of the venal, duplicitous, vindictive and just plain mean. For me this made it hard to relate to the bulk of the characters and stretched credibility to breaking point, I mean just how many horrible people can you fit into a block of flats at the same time?

Anyway, it winds it way to an over-the-the-top gory ending, with more than one dumb way to die along the way. Somewhere in it all is probably a moral about looking out for your neighbours, but along the road, the writer and director seemingly got consumed by some mystical Gothic bug and decided to try and whip up a kind of "I Know What You Did In the Loft" finale. It's reasonably well acted, although I'm tiring a little of Stephen MacKintosh's pained look in every character he portrays but on the whole this was an okay, if very incredible, whodunit, whydunit and howdunit which at least had me stumped up until the end.

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