DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
DO I need to just do a quick recap of what took place on Identity last week? It was the first episode so maybe I should. This show’s all right for a Friday night if you’ve given up leaving the house, or on most things, or are recording Breaking Bad for an intensive viewing experience at a later date, or can’t actually bring yourself to watch a show called My Penis and Everyone Else’s. SBS, yeah.
So Identity is set in another one of those units in the police force. I don’t know why there’s any unemployment anywhere, because surely with all these units— serious crime, special crime, criminal crime, blah de blah crime— anybody on the dole could just be absorbed into one of these and problem solved.
Keeley Hawes — DSI Martha Lawson — spent five years shepherding the identity unit through the political maze of Scotland Yard and last week she decided she wanted DI John Bloom on it. He spent 15 years undercover, which I think you’ll agree if this was real life would be a stupid amount of time. He’s a bit of a mess for several reasons, including because he is known part time as Brendan Bloom, money launderer, who worked (might still work) for the Turkish mafia. The bit on their tax return where they have to write occupation? They put down heroin traffickers. But this is why Martha’s so hot for him — a genius, yes, but because he spent so much time pretending to be someone else. We’ve all got a secret double life, he said reassuringly to one of the killer’s victims last week. That’s Bloom’s thing. He does it at the end of tonight’s episode too. Sits down like it’s a celebrity interview for a one-on-one with the murderer. ‘‘ Let’s talk crazy. I know crazy.’’ He doesn’t say this but he may as well. Tonight then. A stabbing in Sydney. English girls, travellers, stolen identity. And look, it says it’s Sydney but you’ve never seen a rockier beach. It’s a convoluted story, an unlikely psychodrama, but the acting keeps it afloat. I like the idea of it too, wanting to be somebody else and just doing it. Identity ABC1, 9.25pm
Martha: Keeley Hawes