Pick of the week
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.