Inside Men

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 8.30pm, UKTV This BBC crime se­ries con­tin­ues with yet more twists and turns, breath­tak­ing in its in­ten­sity, spare and un­clut­tered. Star­ring Steven Mack­in­tosh as John Con­is­ton, the whey-faced man­ager of a British cash count­ing house, it be­gins with the vi­o­lent rob­bery of the Big Safe, the chief se­cu­rity guard shot in the knee, Con­is­ton’s fam­ily held hostage and the man­ager him­self bashed be­fore the masked rob­bers es­cape with a lorry-load of cash. Then the show flashes back nine months and Con­is­ton is now, at the start of episode three, en­trenched in a hum­drum nor­mal­ity: mar­ried, mort­gaged, scrap­ing by. We’ve seen in the pre­vi­ous episodes how the heist was planned, Con­is­ton’s pos­si­ble role in it and now in this third episode — as the plans come to­gether — how the var­i­ous par­tic­i­pants’ lives are be­ing af­fected. I’m giv­ing lit­tle away — Inside Men is a top-class noir drama, de­li­ciously in­trigu­ing, su­perbly plot­ted and acted with in­tegrity. The nar­ra­tive pace is ex­cru­ci­at­ingly pro­tracted. We know where the pro­tag­o­nists are headed up to a point — but they do not.

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