After watching The Fall, I noticed that MANY fans of that show recommended this one, so I decided to take a look. After the first two eps, I was hooked. Sgt. Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire, who played a supporting role in The Paradise) is the type of cop you’d never see on network TV in the US, or perhaps never as the lead. She’s a grandmother, no-nonsense, passionate (esp. about her family), and looks like a REAL middle-aged woman! And when she gets beaten up on the job, the injuries are not quickly covered up w/ makeup.
Catherine is motivated to be a good cop b/c of her (complicated) family/personal life and an inherent sense of fairness. She is raising her grandson, Ryan, a good-hearted kid who has been acting out in school recently. Ryan’s mother was Catherine’s only daughter.
At home, she has her sister, Clare (Siobhan Finneran), is a recovering drug addict who provides an ear and a lot of emotional support (in lieu of rent). Drugs, particularly heroin, have affected MANY of the young people of this valley. Catherine’s ex-husband, a journalist, remarried years ago, but they still have a connection. In time, we meet Catherine’s son, Daniel, and learn about their strained relationship.
There are several well-developed supporting characters, including Joe Armstrong (BBC’s Robin Hood). I was pleasantly surprised to see that many of the cops (in the background, recurring characters) were British Asians (or South Asians, as we say here). The show is definitely a vehicle for Lancashire, who shows the many sides to a complicated individual. Her big, expressive blue eyes and authoritative tone are great assets. I loved ALL the scenes she had with her grandson!
Catherine is stunned when she sees an ex-con, Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton from Grantchurch), from her daughter’s past walking the streets. She MUST find out more! To fans of the movie Fargo, the awkwardly-planned/amateur kidnapping will be especially interesting. Check out this show (Season 1 is on Netflix)- you won’t be disappointed!