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Safe House 

A married ex police couple are asked by a police officer and their close friend to turn their remote Guest House into a Safe House.




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Series cast summary:
Christopher Eccleston ...  Robert 4 episodes, 2015
Marsha Thomason ...  Katy 4 episodes, 2015
Paterson Joseph ...  Mark 4 episodes, 2015
Jason Merrells ...  David 4 episodes, 2015
Nicola Stephenson Nicola Stephenson ...  Ali 4 episodes, 2015
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ...  Becky 4 episodes, 2015
Peter Ferdinando ...  Michael 4 episodes, 2015
James Burrows James Burrows ...  Sam 4 episodes, 2015
Harriet Cains ...  Louisa 4 episodes, 2015
Isabelle Estelle Corbusier Isabelle Estelle Corbusier ...  Isabelle 4 episodes, 2015
Kelly Harrison Kelly Harrison ...  Susan Reynolds 4 episodes, 2015
Max True Max True ...  Joe 4 episodes, 2015
Chris Abe Chris Abe ...  Police Officer 4 episodes, 2017
Gary Cargill ...  DI Olly Vedder 4 episodes, 2017
Stephen Lord ...  Luke Griffin 4 episodes, 2017
Joel MacCormack ...  Liam Duke 4 episodes, 2017
Stephen Moyer ...  Tom Brook 4 episodes, 2017
Sunetra Sarker Sunetra Sarker ...  DCI Jane Burr 4 episodes, 2017
Zoë Tapper ...  Sam Stenham 4 episodes, 2017
Jason Watkins ...  Simon Duke 4 episodes, 2017
Nicholas Moss Nicholas Moss ...  Ben 3 episodes, 2015
Charlie Kelly ...  Craig 3 episodes, 2017
Lynsey McLaren Lynsey McLaren ...  Julie Delaney 3 episodes, 2017
Sacha Parkinson ...  Dani Delaney 3 episodes, 2017
Ashley Walters ...  John Channing 3 episodes, 2017
David Schofield ...  Eddie Reynolds 2 episodes, 2015
Sarah Smart ...  Megan 2 episodes, 2015
Danielle Hanson Danielle Hanson ...  Police Officer 2 episodes, 2017
Kevin Harvey Kevin Harvey ...  Sgt Bill Rudd 2 episodes, 2017
Phil Rowson ...  MacBride 2 episodes, 2017
Andrew Tiernan ...  Roger Lane 2 episodes, 2017


When former detective Robert and his school teacher wife Katy decide to make major changes to their lifestyle, they impulsively purchase a guest house in the Lake District where they plan to create a haven for holidaymakers. When Mark, a former colleague and friend, approaches the couple asking for their help in providing temporary housing for people needing protection from criminals, their idyllic guest house quickly becomes a safe house.

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Living with secrets.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

20 April 2015 (UK) See more »

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Vitner i fare See more »

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Eleventh Hour Films See more »
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Set in the Lake District, United Kingdom. See more »


Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #20.80 (2015) See more »

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13 May 2015 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

This four part mini-series on ITV sought to combine two stories and bind them together in the persons of ex-cop Christopher Ecclestone and his old boss, still active police commander Paterson Joseph. Ecclestone was the policeman latterly assigned to chaperone the wife of a ruthless gangster, about to give incriminatory evidence against her husband, but in a constantly, in fact very much overplayed scene, he gets shot by a marksman accompanying her back from a shop they stop off at, from which prone position he witnesses her being shot to death in the dark, driving rain, by the same shooter. The second strand comes when boss Joseph encourages a by now physically if not psychologically recovered Ecclestone and his new wife to use their remote country hideaway as a safe house for a dysfunctional family of five, the apparent target of a psychopathic ex-con, who starts proceedings by attempting to kidnap the little boy when the family are attending a fun-fair at night.

As usual with these many-part dramas, some characters and some situations do come and go somewhat and also as usual, the long arm of coincidence reaches deep and actually quite often within the narrative which whilst this might help add drama and tension more often beggared belief and damaged credibility. In particular the ways the not especially bright ex-con miraculously avoids discovery by the police and then unerringly tracks down the target family with just his mobile phone, took some swallowing.

I also felt the joining of the two stories seemed somewhat strained and that taken separately, they may have worked better as two independent tales. Still, the two big climaxes worked well, the reveal of the plot twist was quite surprising and there was an enigmatic finish just to send you off to bed scratching your head over the exact relationship between Joseph and Ecclestone's wife (brother and sister, childhood sweethearts?).

As for the acting, I wasn't particularly held by any of the major parts. Ecclestone and his wife seemed unsuited, generating no real belief to me anyway of a strong, loving relationship. Likewise, I had a hard time accepting Joseph as the senior cop over Ecclestone, while as for the dysfunctional family I found the actors playing their parts pretty dysfunctional too, especially the two snotty teenagers.

However in its favour, the solitariness of the countryside was put to good use and there was sufficient tension, punctuated by dramatic action, to keep me watching over the four episodes.

On the whole then, a commendable thriller, just a bit too cliché-bound and improbable to fully convince.

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