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Collateral (TV)

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  Collateral (TV) Review
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Average Rating
5.00 /10
Carey Mulligan, John Simm, Hayley Squires
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Directed by: S.J. Clarkson
Written by: David Hare

Released: 2017
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: UK
Length: 0

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Collateral has something of the feel of Paul Abbott’s magisterial State of Play but you can’t help but think of J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, as characters link and interlink, the web tangles and the responsibilities of society become an every knottier mass around Abdullah and those who have – so far – survived him.
(Lucy Mangan, Guardian)
An inherently exciting state-of-the-nation piece, a patchwork of meticulously researched storylines concerning gun violence and immigration, knitted together with terrific performances and noirish direction from S J Clarkson (Jessica Jones, Life on Mars).
(Patrick Smith, Daily Telegraph)
It’s a state-of-the-nation drama from a brilliant playwright with a stellar cast, shot gorgeously against the stunning backdrop of a glittering London... There’s enough to bring me back: why aren’t MI5 all over this ‘Muslim shooting’ like a rash? Was Abdullah the real target? Who’s following Laurie? Who is the “man in Boca Raton” who has bought the pizza parlour? And what on earth is in Billie Piper’s ‘special sauce’ that its absence made her throw a perfectly good pizza on the floor?
(Stacia Briggs, Eastern Daily Press)
Collateral is about people caught in institutions and systems that at best, frustrate, and at worst, exploit them – in other words, precisely what TV’s best crime dramas (The Wire, Line Of Duty, The Shield) are about. What Hare means, one supposes, by pointing out its lack of police tape and evidence walls, is that Collateral operates on a higher level than a detective show. It has loftier ambition than marshalling viewers through the tortuous path of a whodunit mystery. It has things to say. Specifically, Collateral has things to say about the reception met by those fleeing conflict to seek safety in England. It’s ashamed by the lack of humanity expressed towards victims of war. It’s ashamed by a (parallel present) Labour Party capitulating to racists and the right on the subject of border control. It’s frustrated with the privatisation of our detention services and the hypocrisy of the Church on matters of sexuality. And it’s angry about London’s underground economy profiting from untrackable, vulnerable lives.
(Louisa Mellor, Den of Geek)
Packed with dark secrets, colourful characters and an electric script, Collateral was a timely and much-needed reminder of the very best British drama. If the razzmatazz and A-list names for McMafia and Next of Kin failed to live up to expectations, Collateral thankfully matches the hype. It has wasted no time in establishing itself as the most exciting new drama of 2018.
(Alex Fetcher,
On Episode 2:
Last week’s debut episode attracted some criticism for clunky expositional dialogue, as playwright Hare took some shortcuts while introducing us to his disparate ensemble of characters. As the conspiracy plot picked up pace, though, Hare’s script hit its stride. There was still the odd clumsy line... but they whizzed by at such pace and the performances were so convincing, there were few complaints here.
(Louisa Mellor, Den of Geek)
Collateral really ramped up the drama in this second episode. The result was an utterly gut-wrenching final few minutes, which brought the focus firmly to bear on two very damaged women. In particular, we found ourselves drawn into the world of the very person who fired those fateful shots. And it made for fascinating – and crucially sympathetic – viewing. The inter-connected nature of the story (this is one part of London where everyone knows everyone else, apparently), may stretch credulity at times. But it at least allows for the exploration of a ‘ripple effect’, as certain actions impact upon others throughout the city and beyond. David Hare’s series also seemingly has a lot to say about modern Britain. Whether you think it’s scoring cheap political points, or making important societal observations, will depend on your point of view.
(Mark Butler, inews)
The first episode of BBC Two's cop drama Collateral didn't so much as divide it's (sic) audience as scatter it to the four winds. 'Is this a TV show or a lecture?' screamed half of reviewers, critics and internet dwellers. 'Panic, a state of the nation show' yelled conservatives 'better trash it quickly, before anyone looks too closely at the actual state of this nation'... Collateral goes out of its way to talk about sensitive issues. But that's not the only reason it's so good... 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.
(Helena Kealey, Culture Whisper)

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