"Terrific psychological thriller" --The Sunday Times (U.K.)
"A tour de force for Kitchen" --The Sunday Times (U.K.)
"Brilliant drama" --The Mail on Sunday (U.K.)
"Compelling" --Daily Mail (U.K.)
As seen on public television
London attorney Steven Vey (Michael Kitchen, Foyle’s War) has a brilliant career, a beautiful wife, and money to burn. To top it off, he’s about to be named Britain’s youngest-ever judge. But one night, a celebration with his pretty secretary, Nicky (Caroline Catz, Doc Martin), goes too far. He calls it a drunken indiscretion; she calls it rape.
Meanwhile, Birmingham punk Eddy Doyle (Sean Gallagher, Coronation Street) is fresh out of prison with no prospects. After learning that the stuffy vicar who raised him isn’t his real dad, Eddie goes in search of his father. When they meet, Doyle is lured into a conspiracy with horrific results.
Lives intertwine and tension builds to a "nail-biting finale" (The Sunday Times, U.K.) in this provocative psychological thriller from the makers of Chancer. Everyone is guilty of something--and justice isn’t always served.
Contains violence and brief nudity
Amoral and ambitious barrister Steven Vey (Michael Kitchen) has a drunken moment with his new secretary (Caroline Catz) where his aggression gets out of hand--setting in motion a crazily intricate plot: the traumatized secretary, having given up on any legal recourse, threatens to go to the tabloids with her story. Vey's hitherto unknown son (Sean Gallagher) comes to London seeking to meet his real father; after a chance encounter, Vey offers the young man (whom he still doesn't know is his son) a job: to eliminate his problem with the secretary. But the son has, by coincidence, met the secretary and started falling in love with her. The Guilty
, a BBC miniseries from 1992, hinges on a massive coincidence and a few implausible actions by the characters--but, as a policeman remarks towards the end, "stranger things have happened." While some big turns are hard to swallow, they're made up of countless small, well-observed, and entirely compelling moments, all embodied by a great cast. Leading the crew is Kitchen (Foyle's War
), a fantastic actor who's all over the BBC but has never translated to America the way that, say, Helen Mirren has--which is too bad, because he has many of the same gifts: a piercing intelligence, a steely will, and the ability to find both the good and bad in every character (and the ability to make you question which is which). Kitchen makes Vey simultaneously despicable and sympathetic, which is a feat well worth watching. --Bret Fetzer