Awake to a world of in­trigue

Re­al­ity check as one man lives in two worlds, writes

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Be­sides, he says, any­time his char­ac­ter is con­fused, ‘‘It’s great drama: ‘What’s hap­pen­ing to­day? What’s hap­pen­ing in this world’?’’

While keep­ing a grip on his san­ity, Brit­ten is try­ing to prove to his su­pe­ri­ors that he’s fit for work and try­ing to help his griev­ing wife and son cope with their losses. ‘‘We want him to put his life back to­gether and have his wife and son,’’ says Killen. You and he be­come in­vested in those two worlds.’’

El­e­ments from one some­times cross over to the other, Killen says. That raises the in­trigu­ing no­tion that the two may ul­ti­mately merge, but the pro­duc­ers aren’t say­ing.

Awake em­ploys a clas­sic trick to al­low view­ers to dip in at any point: It’s what Gor­don calls an ‘‘old-school ti­tle se­quence’’ that re­states the con­cept be­fore each episode.

‘‘So if you tune in for episode seven, you have the tools to sit down and en­joy that hour of tele­vi­sion,’’ Gor­don says. ‘‘For an idea like this, clar­ity is your friend and you want to make the bar­rier as low as pos­si­ble.’’

(He cred­its the Run for Your Life play­book. The 1960s drama, star­ring Ben Gaz­zara as a ter­mi­nally ill man, started each week with the scene in which the char­ac­ter learned his death sen­tence and then in­toned, ‘‘Guess I’ll try to squeeze 30 years of liv­ing into one, or two.’’)

If any cast and crew are up to the task it’s this one. Isaacs rou­tinely is a stand­out in what­ever he tack­les, in­clud­ing his role as Lu­cius Mal­foy in the Harry Pot­ter films and as Michael Caf­fee in the se­ries Brother­hood.

Wed­nes­days from April 11, 9.30pm, W.

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