Episode two leans into these triggering areas (excuse the pun), and takes pleasure in turning all the preconceptions and expectations made at the end of episode one on their heads. Mona and Fatima, the two 'Syrian' refugees found in a mouldy garage are being processed at Harsfleet detention centre may not be as innocent as they seem.
Murderer Sandrine (Jeany Spark) is back at her army desk job with a brilliant storyline of her own that hits with painful foresight into the conversations we're having about sexual harassment and abuse of power. Laurie (Hayley Squire) is having uncomfortable conversations with the gay female vicar before disappearing. Nothing is as it seems.
The action is fast and slick, the characters compellingly three-dimensional, the storylines varied and interesting and the mystery at the heart of it all utterly gripping.
Those who objected to the first episode because they were affronted by David Hare's confusing lefty agenda are unlikely to warm up much in episode two. Those – like us – who were thrilled to see so many women in a TV show and issues such as gay priests handled so lightly and with such unimportance, will continue to be seduced by the show's politics.
Most importantly of all, if you can see past the 'state of a nation' stuff, and revel in the mystery and acting (Billie Piper is such a marvel), then we think you'll find a TV show that's as good as any. It's possible we're biased, but don't be such a snowflake.
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19 Feb 18 – 30 Apr 18, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM