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"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.)
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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
Top Customer Reviews
First one must overcome seeing Michael Kitchen as antagonist (NOT THE WONDERFUL MR. FOYLE'S WAR HERE.) A ten-year younger Kitchen plays nasty lawyer Steven Vey superbly. In the dialogue Vey admits he's "a devious, immoral, hypocrite." 3 hours later, after the story ends, you will agree with him, even though his ailing mother does not.
An adopted ex-con seeking his real dad, his pals, a raped secretary (Caroline Catz-`Doc Martin), & her flat-mate Tanya all get caught up in conspiracy connected to the appointment of Vey as judge. Secrets and the unknown create a woven maze of actions and intents on everyone associated. Who will die or live becomes independent of the group's individuals to control. Masterful complexity of events set into motion due to individual decisions. It all began with a bottle.
Quite different, but excellent executed roles, by the pre-`Foyle's War' Kitchen, as well as the pre-`Doc Martin' Catz. "THE GUILTY" proves the depth and diversity of acting ability of this famous pair between 1992-2011. This double feature length, 2-DVD set, will grip and knot every nerve. It is British unrated, but definitely adult (NO KIDS) due to graphic violence, content, 1 breast visual, and it's not your feel-good moral finale. I'm surprised this was not placed into book form--a sure bestseller.
SUBTITLES. Some cast filmographies. Disc 2 offers a summary of episode one, in case you can't watch it all in one setting. Unneeded. The intensity will force you to watch it all straight through.
Watch this thriller in the AM so you don't have to sleep immediately afterward.
The next morning, to recover, watch "Foyles War" or "Doc Martin."
The main reason, in my view, for watching this British mini-series is the performance of the reliably-excellent Michael Kitchen, here playing against type as Steven Vey, a successful barrister and a man as arrogant as he is amoral. Though married, Vey has eyes for a young secretary in his office. She is sufficiently flattered by his flirting that the two end up one evening after work at her apartment. Sensing that she has allowed things to go too far, she tries to end their evening together, but Vey is not about to be rebuffed, and he proceeds to force himself on the young woman. Not long after this incident, Vey receives a coveted appointment to the bench. The young woman, wanting some sense of justice but believing that she would have little chance of getting it in court, contacts Vey with an offer: if he resigns his judgeship, she will remain quiet about what he did to her; if he does not, she will go public.
The stage is set for a promising drama, which makes what follows all the more disappointing. First, the story shifts from London to Birmingham and to a young petty thief, Eddy Doyle. Doyle learns from his mother that the man he thought was his father is actually his adoptive father, that his biological father is a man by the name of... Steven Vey! Learning this, Doyle is off to London to try to locate Vey. In what follows, the story goes off the rails, at least it did for me, because of the coincidences the writers invoke to intersect the paths of Doyle and Vey and of Doyle and the young lady who was Vey's victim. If you are tolerant of these preposterous twists, then you will probably be as impressed with this mini-series as others here are. The performance of Michael Kitchen makes this worth watching but not, in my opinion, worth owning.
He leaves victims in his wake. There is an illegitimate child now grown to manhood who has just been released from prison. There is a young woman in chambers whom he raped after having once again too many drinks. They want justice. Although justice is his business, it plays no part in his personal life.
Kitchen is able to play the many sides of this villain. He can be charming, brilliant, appealing and, in an instant, very cold blooded.
i highly recommend this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plot a little convaluted (but won't give anything away). Still, Michael Kitchen, good or evil, is great to watch.Published 1 month ago by Lola
I have watched The Guilty several times now and I absolutely love it. I've been a big fan of Michael Kitchen ever since I first saw him in "Reckless" (both original and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by bogart45
I'm watching it for the 2nd time. What can one say of Michael Kitchen -- except superb actor. We need to see more of him.Published 9 months ago by E. Johnson
I have been spoiled watching a 'nice' Michael Kitchen. He played the part of a cad quite
successfully. But, I don't like him in these roles too often.