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Neurotic businessman Greg Brentwood (Michael Kitchen, Foyle’s War) throws an extravagant anniversary party for his wife, Linda (Phyllis Logan, Downton Abbey), at their English country home. One of the caterers, Marcey (Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda) quietly admires the couple’s love for each other—until she sees an intimate moment between Linda and Greg’s business partner, Martin. When Marcey later returns to the house to retrieve her handbag, she walks in on a frightening scene: Greg moving Martin’s lifeless body. After the initial shock, Greg assures her it was an accident, and Marcey offers to help him dispose of the corpse. As the police investigate the death, Greg becomes increasingly anxious, while Marcey urges him to remain calm. But as she starts to uncover the Brentwoods’ darkest secrets, she begins to wonder what she has gotten herself into. This intriguing and darkly humorous thriller from multi-award-winning writer Paul Abbott (Shameless, State of Play) also stars Adam Kotz (The Last King of Scotland) and Hilary Maclean (Torchwood).
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Perhaps the most interesting & funny aspect was the writer's way of having "Marci"describe events in various ways from completely different viewpoints.The events could have turned upside down & turned an accidental death into several prison sentences, ruined self images & ruined a business that wasn't really ruined.
A heartwarming part was the complete loyalty of their best friends.
From what I've seen of Abbott's pieces, he can really write and he has heart. Kitchen's role in this is certainly not as commanding as that of his loveable Foyle, - Sophie Okonedo really has the lead in this, and she's amazing. I don't agree with the other reviewer here, and wasn't interested in quibbling mystery/horror fare - it's not a mystery at all, it's a character study. And although the eventual ending might be a tad anticlimactic, every moment getting there, watching actors of this caliber get shuffled about in Abbott's twists and turns, was just delightful. Let's get all of Abbott's work out on dvd here in the States, what do you say?