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"Superlative. Watch it." --The Observer (U.K.)
"Stylish, gripping, and well acted" --The Sun (U.K.)
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Uncovering the dark side of reinvention, Identity follows an elite police unit tracking identity thieves and their unwitting victims. DSI Martha Lawson (Keeley Hawes, Ashes to Ashes, MI-5) assembles a crack team of investigators, betting her reputation on their results. Cavalier DI John Bloom (Aidan Gillen, The Wire) has undercover experience and knows exactly what it’s like to live a lie. Ambitious DS Anthony Wareing (Shaun Parkes, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) clashes with Bloom about his questionable past and even more questionable methods. Rounding out the group are cocksure DC José Rodriguez (Elyes Gabel, Casualty) and IT expert Tessa Stein (Holly Aird, Waking the Dead).
The cases reveal the many reasons for adopting a new persona, from simple greed to far more sinister motives. Solid detective work and high-tech investigative tools unmask the criminals but discord within the team may derail the operation.
In their first case, the team hunts for a culprit who steals identities to punish moral failings rather than to make money. This sets the template for stories involving desperate mothers, heartless businessmen, and a Patty Hearst-like fugitive. As the episodes unfurl, it transpires that Bloom hasn't given up his cover as Brendan Shea, bagman for the Turkish mob, and continues to see a woman (Agni Scott) caught up in that world; she knows nothing about his day job. If Lawson has his back, Anthony doesn't trust him, and with good reason, since Bloom's double life threatens everyone. Even Lawson's superior has doubts, but as he says, "Results are what count."
Identity is well worth a look for fans of the genre and the cast, especially Gillen and Hawes (despite some of her oddly matronly outfits). If it feels somewhat familiar, a James Bond-like finale--in which the mob kidnaps a member of the IDU--concludes this six-episode set in fine style. Producer Ed Whitmore, who worked with Hawes on Ashes to Ashes, has since created a version for ABC starring Angela Bassett and Colin O'Donoghue. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Top Customer Reviews
A crack team consists of a convincing supporting cast: Tessa (Holly Aird-`Affairs of the Heart') as the beautiful tech geek; DC Jose (Elyes Gabel-"Casualty'); and DS Anthony (Shaun Parkes-"Inspector Lyndley') who questions Bloom's IDU loyalty. It is an interesting cop show twist where first names are used predominantly. Latest technology is shown leading the investigations, a different case for each episode. There is character relationship plot that carries on from episode 1 through to the end. The final 6th episode is an eruption of these private relationship conflicts.
The writing is superb with some clever dialogue lines. Even quite humorous one-liners in the middle of suspenseful action. They blind-side you. The rest is intensely gripping mystery, with plenty of action, and verging often on the thriller realm. As a result there is a box warning of violence and graphic images, but it is not nearly as bloody and violent as many other top British Crime Mystery shows. I am amazed at how fast this TV series has hit the DVD market. And the end is left wide-open for another season. Will there be one?Read more ›
The concept: New Scotland Yard has established a special unit to address crimes involving identity theft. As it turns out, the term is able to be stretched widely.
The six episodes cover such diverse subjects as: a computer nerd robbing and ruining people; a young woman killing a rich friend and taking her place; an Indian billionaire in a shady deal with British government subsidies- is he who he claims he is?; unknown victims in a mass grave; a former terrorist bank robber turned suburban housewife; a shady cop with different identities.
The unit's star performer is a former long term undercover cop who can't get rid of his past, which tends to overlap with his new job. For a while he creeps through the episodes as an Irish money launderer for the Turkish mafia and also as an English cop. There would have been potential in this. His affair with the mafia princess also misses its potential.
The unit chief is a supposedly ambitious career woman who has an emotional softness for her embattled star underling. She is one of the main burdens of the series: a totally implausible character and very badly acted. The other team members are not much more than filling material, hardly credible individuals.
This could have been done so much better.
I really enjoyed this series and really look forward to future releases
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent enough police drama/thriller. The performances were all good for what they had to work with. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Laurentide
It was very good. All the actors were great. Every episode was good as well.
I really did like it.
It's easy to see why this 2009 ITV offering did not have a second series; the potentially interesting stories ended abruptly; the characters aren't credible or likeable; and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by They
This drama which was screeened weekly in the UK by ITV was thankfully not commissioned for a second series. Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by Mikey
Aidan Gillen is yet another fine UK actor (actually, Irish) that went "yank" for a season on "The Wire. Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by Joseph Kohout Jr.