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    Posted by Dame Bouncy Castle (U1358361) on Friday, 18th October 2013

    BBC1
    Tuesday October 29th
    9pm


    David Tennant's latest show - a high-octane legal thriller from Spooks creator Toby Kebbell.

    DT plays a hotshot lawyer who successfully argues for the release of a guilty man, but soon comes to regret his actions when said villain (Toby Kebbell) sets his sights on him!

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    Posted by Polemicist (U14349342) on Saturday, 26th October 2013

    This new, three-part, BBC One legal thriller may actually be worth a watch.

    According to all the information posted below it does look to be fairly promising.

    The drama also stars Toby Kebbell, Sophie Okonedo and Ashley Jensen.

    www.bbc.co.uk/mediac...

    www.independent.co.u...

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Saturday, 26th October 2013

    I'll be watching.

    David Tennant is a great actor, and I'd watch Sophie Okonedo reading the telephone directory. Plus I haven't seen Ashley Jensen for ages.

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    Posted by Rosemary (U7231409) on Sunday, 27th October 2013

    I shall be watching - very much looking forward to it. Quite apart from the excellent cast, I would happily watch anything in which David Wolstencroft is involved (I think he's the creator of 'Spooks', isn't he, rather than Toby Kebbell? - forgive me if I'm wrong).

    'Ripper Street' and 'The Escape Artist' on successive days of the week! Excellent!

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    Posted by Guv-nor (U7476305) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    Certainly looks like the one for me tonight.

    No scheduled repeats, so catch it while it is hot.

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    Posted by Guv-nor (U7476305) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    I see I will have to juggle iPlayer and plus1 to fit everything in tonight. Better than a night with nothing I suppose.

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    Posted by Sandstrom (U14413284) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    Glad I saw this thread, I had assumed a different subject from the title.

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    Posted by linseedbayleaf (U15854606) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    Definitely watching this - will always give anything with David Tennant in a go!

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    Who on earth scheduled this against the last episode of The Wrong Mans.

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    Hating the dark camera work again. smiley - grr

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    Posted by LaraAntiPova (U11262370) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    smiley - yikes

    That was scary . . . not sure if I can watch it all . .

    smiley - yikes

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    Posted by AlmostGoneAgain (U15827563) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    Had hopes for this as I am big David Tennant fan but got as far as the old chestnut (? first wheeled out in Red Dragon?) where there lawyer/detective is told he and the serial killer are alike and he goes out looking haunted and disturbed, plus the dark gloomy sets and, anyways I am soooo bored with serial killers which are on my list of most boring subjects alongside celebrity life histories and WW1, so went off to watch the new ep of Vampire Diaries (I know it doesn't compute - but that Damon is hot!).

    Nice to see Roy Marsden again.

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    In the words of a Bare Naked Ladies song..............it's all be done before. Sadly. Not for me I am afraid. Don't much like DT in it either.

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    Posted by chipsaunt (U14638803) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    I tried to take this seriously, but I don't understand how someone being tried for murder can be released at the start of a trial if some evidence gets muddled. Surely they should have had a retrial and keep the suspect in custody? No, there wouldn't be a story then, he wouldn't be allowed out to carry out more grisly crimes.

    Never mind, I have also had enough of serial killers.

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    Posted by Rosemary (U7231409) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    Oh dear. Well, to break the pattern, I thought it was a very good start. I have to say that if I had been Mrs Burton I would NOT have returned to the cottage without my husband after the fright I had had on my previous visit. However, human idiocy knows no bounds ...

    Well acted, and made me very glad I live on the fourth floor! The next two episodes should definitely be worth watching.

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    Posted by Guv-nor (U7476305) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    You are not alone Rosemary, I liked it. It got more gripping as the episode progressed.

    People do the strangest things though. The cottage return seemed unwise.

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    www.theguardian.com/...

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    Posted by Essential Rabbit (U3613943) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    It had to be scheduled at he same time as something, after the watershed.
    The two programmes hardly clash as there are no similarities..

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    Posted by BrightYangThing (U14627705) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    I enjoyed it too. Not a new story but then there is nothing new under the sun.
    I like David Tennant and the rest of the cast look to be good too.

    Agree though the return to the cottage and the lax open doors back and forward was odd, though we don't have a full timescale do we?

    And then, taking onboard bits of the trailer for next week (look away now if you don't want a spoiler) ...

























    Why wasn't he and the family afforded protection?

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    Enjoyable, although I suspect the plot will be heading towards Tennant's character killing the killer in the final frames as his beloved legal system lets him down.

    Decent viewing though.

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    Posted by SAB888 (U14777346) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    I don't understand how someone being tried for murder can be released at the start of a trial if some evidence gets muddled. Surely they should have had a retrial and keep the suspect in custody?   That puzzled me too. Thought this might be good as I saw no previews whatsoever. Just two gripes, a bit gruesome, and the "next time" spoiler at the end. Overall, very good.

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    Posted by LadyAlice (U2796582) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    I was enjoying this - thought DT was rather good - until the case fell apart. Why no retrial? If there's a procedural problem, surely they would just start again with a fresh jury, especially in a murder case.

    And why is it that people in thrillers never, ever, draw their curtains after dark...

    If it turns into a 'bump in the night' type stalker pic, I might lose interest...

    smiley - sadface

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    Posted by Guv-nor (U7476305) on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    I don't understand how someone being tried for murder can be released at the start of a trial if some evidence gets muddled. Surely they should have had a retrial and keep the suspect in custody?   That puzzled me too. Thought this might be good as I saw no previews whatsoever. Just two gripes, a bit gruesome, and the "next time" spoiler at the end. Overall, very good.  My reading is that due to the rabid publicity in the press branding him as the most evil man since Aleister Crowley due to his supposed internet habits there was no longer any possibility of a fair trial for the (alleged) murder. The current trial having collapsed due to the false (if mistaken) testimony of the computer expert.

    Such probably happens on occasion, but would not be the matter of a few lines explanation.

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    Posted by Theresa (U14477145) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    I thought it was a good start of this new series.Yes,of course..the returning to the cottage is something I would never have done on my one .And she should have recognised this man because he was big in the papers .

    But all in all ..........I enjoyed it very much and the cast is excellent this far .DT is ofcourse a marvelous actor .He playes so well ! He has the talent to dreg you into the screen ,to move you

    When will be the next episode.I can't wait .

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    Posted by Polemicist (U14349342) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    The Escape Artist started off to be really quite promising, but as the story line gradually unfolded it actually became far less plausible, and far more ludicrous, as it went on.

    I don't know what writer David Wolstencroft was really thinking of, but the rather ridiculous and far fetched plot actually contained more holes in it, by the end, than a large colander.

    This was a big shame in my considered opinion, as the drama / thriller itself has an absolutely stunning cast and it was also quite well directed and shot as well.

    Furthermore, Telegraph television reviewer / critic, Nigel Midgely, only actually gave it two stars out of a possible five as well.

    www.telegraph.co.uk/...

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    Posted by HoraceCoker (U14258478) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    .....ok......but formulaic......David Tennant...consummate actor...no doubtt...but ye gods Beeb.....lets see some new acting talent in these dramas....all we get are the usual suspects...talented though they may be...

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    Posted by HoraceCoker (U14258478) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    .....ok......but formulaic......David Tennant...consummate actor...no doubtt...but ye gods Beeb.....lets see some new acting talent in these dramas....all we get are the usual suspects...talented though they may be...  ...and another thing...is it beyond the capabilities of the BBC to produce a drama with a storyline which begins and ends on the same night ....

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    Posted by Lemon Sabotage (U9577550) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    In Alison Graham's Radio Times review she mentions "a glaring improbability in the plot" for this episode. Just wondered which one she meant...that Kate would have gone to the cottage again after seeing the man at the window?...that they would have kept the bathroom on the ground floor after (presumably) modernising the cottage?...that she would have a bath without closing the curtains? (Were there any curtains?)....or that the mobile phone reception would cut out for no apparent reason just when he was trying to tell her something.

    But I enjoyed it anyway.
    Didn't watch the Next Time bit as I think they usually give far too much away.

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    Posted by Rosemary (U7231409) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    You are not alone Rosemary, I liked it. It got more gripping as the episode progressed.  

    Thank goodness. Sometimes I think there must be something wrong with me, in that I seem to be so very easy to please. I'm still not sure, since the plot improbabilities that seem to drive so many people into a white-hot rage don't really worry me - I just mutter 'artistic licence' under my breath and move on.

    Being a language pedant, I did, however, take issue with the Guardian reviewer who made a snarky comment about the couple 'learning Italian'. I thought being a TV reviewer for a paper meant you actually had to pay attention to what was going on in the programme - especially if you intend to be sarky in your review. It was Portuguese.

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Thanks Dee or whoever closed my thread, without first mentioning it was a dupicate thread. smiley - steam

    I did put the title into the 'Search' before starting one yesterday and nothing came up....so if the 'search' is malfunctioning, how about getting it fixed,, before making out that I had contravenes a house rule...thank you!!!

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Oh dear. Well, to break the pattern, I thought it was a very good start. I have to say that if I had been Mrs Burton I would NOT have returned to the cottage without my husband after the fright I had had on my previous visit. However, human idiocy knows no bounds ...

    Well acted, and made me very glad I live on the fourth floor! The next two episodes should definitely be worth watching. 
    Totally agree about going to the cottage alone.

    But I enjoyed it, if that is the right word. Shall deinfinely be tuning in for the remaining episodes. smiley - yikes

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    Posted by heterodox (U14291406) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Yet another programme with women as the victims of horrifying violence.

    Authors and television producers now seem to see the mutilation of women as the easy and lazy way of retaining an audience to the extent that now a certain part of our population must see this behaviour as normal.
    I watched last night but I will not watch anymore just in case the soft option is surrendered to once again.

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    Posted by AuroraBorealis (U14348825) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Oh dear. Well, to break the pattern, I thought it was a very good start. I have to say that if I had been Mrs Burton I would NOT have returned to the cottage without my husband after the fright I had had on my previous visit. However, human idiocy knows no bounds ...

    Well acted, and made me very glad I live on the fourth floor! The next two episodes should definitely be worth watching. 
    Totally agree about going to the cottage alone.

    But I enjoyed it, if that is the right word. Shall deinfinely be tuning in for the remaining episodes. smiley - yikes 
    I 'enjoyed' smiley - yikes it too! Agreed that returning to the cottage was completely ridiculous and she should have recognised him but as another poster said - artistic license...

    I was scared to go to bed!!

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    Posted by Ziggy (U14268308) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Excellent. Although the killer did look like Michael from Eastenders.

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    Posted by mirandashell (U1946590) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    The tone of it was all over the shop as well. Building up nice and slowly and then BAM! Dead wife. Should be one or the other. Keep the mental torture building to draw us in and show us the character of the baddie or go straight for the bad stuff to smack us in the face.

    Bad writing, I reckon.

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    Posted by gowitheflow (U10677504) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    What a waste of good acting from everyone. This could so easily have been more plausible but really! The old cliche about women going on their own into scary houses after dark (and she'd already been frightened out of her wits there once) and the weakness of the way the killer was released spoilt it for me.

    And if the barrister was so bright why didn't he put two and two together and realise who the face at the window was immediately and at the very least get his wife to agree not to go to the cottage on her own?

    Good acting, terrible cliche ridden plot.

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    Posted by Dee_host (U15846799) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Thanks Dee or whoever closed my thread, without first mentioning it was a dupicate thread. 

    Sorry dean, I was in a bit of a rush and I just figured you had been linked to the other thread and it was easier for me not to bump the other one and draw attention to it.

    There was no implication that you had broken the house rules, it was obviously just a simple mistake. Happens all the time. It's no biggie smiley - smiley

    Apologies for making you cross, that was very definitely not my intention.

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    Posted by olicana_man (U14156932) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Nothing special plus I'm sick of David Tennant

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    Posted by Turner (U14992668) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Nothing special plus I'm sick of David Tennant  Couldn't agree more. Switched off after half an hour.

    Is the BBC incapable of making drama which is not :
    a) period
    b) about murder and assorted other crimes
    c) both period *and* about murder?

    YAWN.

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    Posted by Bouillaguet (U14312340) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Yet another programme with women as the victims of horrifying violence.

    Authors and television producers now seem to see the mutilation of women as the easy and lazy way of retaining an audience to the extent that now a certain part of our population must see this behaviour as normal.
    I watched last night but I will not watch anymore just in case the soft option is surrendered to once again. 
    I agree completely.

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    Posted by papivsafehouse (U14712952) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Exactly what I thought in that seen !
    'Do you know how you caught me Will? ' he was the best Hannibal in my book-

    Anyway the tv guide online gave away the fact that he gets the defendant off, which spoiled it a bit.
    After I got to where I no longer knew the plot, it seemed okay, but no big shocks.

    When he didn't shake his hand, there can't have been many people watching who didn't think 'wow that was very stupid or very brave !' now lets see the comeback for it which was his wife.

    I hope this barrister goes nuts and goes after the killer in his spare time .

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    Posted by Maxibaby (U14151672) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    The tone of it was all over the shop as well. Building up nice and slowly and then BAM! Dead wife. Should be one or the other. Keep the mental torture building to draw us in and show us the character of the baddie or go straight for the bad stuff to smack us in the face.

    Bad writing, I reckon. 
    I wasn't expecting the wife to be bumped at that stage. Thought it would be the next episode. My money was on the dog being chopped up into bits and deposited on the drive. Perhaps he's next?

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    Posted by Grounded Griselda (U14326837) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    What a waste of good acting from everyone. This could so easily have been more plausible but really! The old cliche about women going on their own into scary houses after dark (and she'd already been frightened out of her wits there once) and the weakness of the way the killer was released spoilt it for me.

    And if the barrister was so bright why didn't he put two and two together and realise who the face at the window was immediately and at the very least get his wife to agree not to go to the cottage on her own?

    Good acting, terrible cliche ridden plot. 
    I agree.

    The whole thing was cliche ridden from start to finish.

    The female barrister being peeved that her male colleague was getting silk before she did. The wife in the bath - we knew from the first time she did that she was a goner. The murderer looking evil and vexed when DT refused to shake his hand. The wife discovering her pregnancy and not being able to tell her husband before being killed. Her not having the sense to phone the police straight away when the killer first appeared at the window. Etc etc etc.

    Total lack of imagination by the writer.

    I fully expect DT will kill Foyle in a most horrible manner, get caught and be defended by Maggie who will of course know he's guilty and have to resort to the same kind of legal shenanigans to get him off.

    I hope I'm wrong, I had expected better of this.

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    Posted by the_cleaner--still a man (U3423083) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Exactly what I thought in that seen !
    'Do you know how you caught me Will? ' he was the best Hannibal in my book-

    Anyway the tv guide online gave away the fact that he gets the defendant off, which spoiled it a bit.
    After I got to where I no longer knew the plot, it seemed okay, but no big shocks.

    When he didn't shake his hand, there can't have been many people watching who didn't think 'wow that was very stupid or very brave !' now lets see the comeback for it which was his wife.

    I hope this barrister goes nuts and goes after the killer in his spare time . 
    "Anyway the tv guide online gave away the fact that he gets the defendant off, which spoiled it a bit."

    The clue was in the Title - The Escape Artist...he always wins his cases.

    Very predictable, nonsense - but I liked it.....unfortunately, seeing the trailer for next week, that gave away a lot, I can't see myself bothering with the rest.




    The Apple - what's that all about.

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    Posted by bugsy60 (U14684939) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Nothing special plus I'm sick of David Tennant  Couldn't agree more. Switched off after half an hour.

    Is the BBC incapable of making drama which is not :
    a) period
    b) about murder and assorted other crimes
    c) both period *and* about murder?

    YAWN. 
    Agreed. Storyline old as the hills, rubbish script, so many holes in the plot etc, BBC has failed on all counts in producing "new british drama". Also agree with the post about re-cycling of the same actors ? Is there such a dearth of talent in UK ?

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    Posted by mirandashell (U1946590) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    I've just read the OP and it's the same guy that wrote Spooks? Ah. That explains it then.

    Spooks was full of holes as well. I think I watched the first two before giving it up as too silly.

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    Posted by Theresa (U14477145) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Allthough I will watch next time because I like the acting of DT and a good detectiev,I totally agree with your writing about the violence ,doing terrible things to women .

    The Skandinavian detectives/thrillers started all these terrible crimes in their films /series and the rest of Europe seems to follow.That is a shame .because a good story is not depending of terrible crimes.

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    Posted by ninemaidens (U10751091) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Nothing special plus I'm sick of David Tennant  Couldn't agree more. Switched off after half an hour.

    Is the BBC incapable of making drama which is not :
    a) period
    b) about murder and assorted other crimes
    c) both period *and* about murder?

    YAWN. 
    To which add intelligent,complex, multi-layered and well-written.

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    Posted by mirandashell (U1946590) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Doing terrible things to women has been a trope in crime fiction since the first one.

    Name any book or film that contains a horrible murder and 9 times out of 10 it's a woman.

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    Posted by Baldinio (U2012448) on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    It's a shame this was so poor. Looking at the cast list as the opening credits rolled held out some hope but it was awful. I know TV companies don't like spending a lot of money on new writers but the BBC seems to be going through a phase of commissioning 'names' rather than quality.

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