Pick of the week

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

The Tri­als of Jimmy Rose Mon­day, 8.30pm, BBC First (117) It’s so good to see Amanda Red­man (San­dra Pull­man in New Tricks) back on screen. In this three-part drama she plays Jackie Rose, wife of Jimmy (Ray Win­stone), who has just been re­leased from prison — singing That’s Life as he de­parts — af­ter serv­ing 12 years for armed rob­bery. (Red­man and Win­stone pre­vi­ously ap­peared to­gether 15 years ago in the cult gang­ster film Sexy Beast.) Jimmy is no crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind. The pro­ceeds from the rob­bery are gone, thanks to his part­ner in crime, on a dud property in­vest­ment in Spain and th­ese days Jimmy is a has-been. He’s shocked to dis­cover that Jackie isn’t sure she still loves him; his up­start of a son, Joe, doesn’t want to know him; and his grand­daugh­ter, El­lie, is a drug ad­dict. It’s an awk­ward first meal to­gether. “I don’t think I love you any more, Jimmy,” Jackie tells him. Given he has been banged up for 12 years, he is hop­ing for a lit­tle more pos­i­tive re­sponse as bed­time ap­proaches. Buy­ing her dozens of flo­ral ar­range­ments, which he pays for from her purse, doesn’t im­prove mat­ters. But Jimmy doesn’t give up on Jackie or El­lie. He’s on pro­ba­tion, of course, and has to stay clean but that doesn’t stop him tak­ing some dras­tic ac­tion that could see him back in the clink. Trou­ble is, he’s 61 and not as fast on his feet as he used to be. Much younger crims, mostly drug deal­ers, are more than a match.

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