A Welsh community devastated by tragedy is forced to confront difficult truths amid the search for justice.
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Series cast summary:
Sarah Lancashire ...  Polly Bevan 4 episodes, 2019
Sidse Babett Knudsen ...  Harriet Paulsen 4 episodes, 2019
Joanna Scanlan ...  Angela Griffiths 4 episodes, 2019
Genevieve Barr Genevieve Barr ...  Debbie Kethin 4 episodes, 2019
Jade Croot ...  Leona Bevan 4 episodes, 2019
Mark Lewis Jones ...  Iwan Bevan 4 episodes, 2019
Nabhaan Rizwan ...  Tim Das 4 episodes, 2019
Adrian Scarborough ...  Philip Walters 4 episodes, 2019
Shaun Parkes ...  Martin Harris 4 episodes, 2019
Christian Patterson Christian Patterson ...  Rhys Griffiths 4 episodes, 2019
Eiry Thomas ...  Greta Collinson 4 episodes, 2019
Ashley Thomas-Evans Ashley Thomas-Evans ...  Greta's Son / ... 4 episodes, 2019
Ruth Madeley ...  Laura Tucker 3 episodes, 2019
Oliver Ryan ...  Sergeant Guy Hughes 3 episodes, 2019
Phaldut Sharma ...  Dr. Whittaker 3 episodes, 2019
Peter Sullivan ...  Frank Stanfield 3 episodes, 2019
Kimberley Nixon ...  Detective Anne Hendricks 2 episodes, 2019
Verity Blyth ...  Bertie Paulsen 2 episodes, 2019
Silas Carson ...  George Byrne 2 episodes, 2019
Joely Curran Joely Curran ...  Tessa Collins 2 episodes, 2019
Ifan Huw Dafydd Ifan Huw Dafydd ...  Bill Lewis 2 episodes, 2019
Millie Davies Millie Davies ...  Ava Driscol 2 episodes, 2019
Clare-Louise English ...  Doctor Thompson / ... 2 episodes, 2019
Owain Gunn Owain Gunn ...  Mark Jones 2 episodes, 2019
Lauren Jackson Lauren Jackson ...  Tina Edwards 2 episodes, 2019
Morgan Llewelyn-Jones Morgan Llewelyn-Jones ...  Griff Cook 2 episodes, 2019
Emily May Emily May ...  Mia Griffiths 2 episodes, 2019
Kai Owen ...  Alan / ... 2 episodes, 2019
Georgia Reed Georgia Reed ...  Mel Price 2 episodes, 2019
Samantha Spragg Samantha Spragg ...  Seren Collinson 2 episodes, 2019


A Welsh community devastated by tragedy is forced to confront difficult truths amid the search for justice.

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Underwhelming TV drama
24 November 2019 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

In a small Welsh village, a group of delinquent children trespass into a construction site, only for a gas canister to explode, killing several of them, and severely injuring Leona (Jade Croot), the daughter of Polly (Sarah Lancashire.) As the town mourns the tragedy, attention shifts to who to blame, in the shape of the corporation who set up the site, represented by Harriett Paulsen (Sidse Babett Knudsen.) As Polly gets determined to fight for justice, spurred on by claims investigator Phillip (Adrian Scarborough), her world is tested to the limit, especially her marriage to husband Iwan (Mark Lewis Jones), who's involved with the company at the heart of the accident.

Writer Jack Thorne, the man behind the excellent The Virtues and National Treasure, said in a (promotional?) interview for The Accident that he was trying to shine a light on how the working class are trampled all over after a big accident, in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. That incident, however, is one of a number of instances (most notably, the Hillsborough tragedy) that are referenced in this four part production. However, it pales in comparison to TV and NT, examples of what the guy is capable of producing when he puts his mind to it.

The setup has potential, and it's reliably well acted by TV stalwart Lancashire, and Croot as her hormonal daughter, with strong support from Lewis as the husband/father figure. However, none of the unfortunate kids feel developed or fleshed out enough to really get under their skin, or care about them in the way that you're supposed to. There's just not enough of an emotional impact to it all, despite the heavy subject matter, and any connection to Grenfell fails to translate that much.

While Thorne hasn't made a complete hash of it (as many have said!), he has sold himself and his (evident!) talents quite short. ***

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