Killing it!

When you’re this fab, you can get away with mur­der.

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How To Get Away With Mur­der Sea­son 1 Wed­nes­days (from 8 March) e.tv (*194) 21:30

To law pro­fes­sor at­tor­ney An­nalise Keat­ing (Vi­ola Davis) in How To Get Away With Mur­der (2014cur­rent), the le­gal sys­tem isn’t about right, wrong or jus­tice. It’s about win­ning the case. And that’s as easy as 1-2-3: dis­credit the wit­ness, in­tro­duce a new sus­pect and bury the ev­i­dence. Ev­ery year An­nalise hand­picks (and cor­rupts) five stu­dents from her Crim­i­nal Law 100 class to work as in­terns at her firm for a first­hand les­son in lit­er­ally get­ting away with mur­der. An­nalise’s new in­terns – Michaela (Aja Naomi King), Wes (Al­fred Enoch), Connor (Jack Fala­hee), Lau­rel (Karla Souza) and Asher (Matt McGorry) – soon find out that the prac­ti­cal com­po­nent of their course is a lot trick­ier that the­ory. And a mix of shock­ing flash­backs, flash­for­wards and present- day ac­tion will keep au­di­ences up in the air on who’s guilty of what un­til the gavel comes down at the sea­son fi­nale.

THE SHONDA TOUCH

Su­per-pro­ducer Shonda Rhimes and her co- ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Betsy Beers pro­duced the show with se­ries cre­ator Pete Nowalk, a writer on Shonda’s other dra­mas Grey’s Anatomy (2005cur­rent), Pri­vate Prac­tice (2007-2013) and The Fixer (2012- cur­rent). And in true Shon­da­land-style, the cast­ing and sto­ry­telling is set up to make space for ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of race, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or eco­nomic back­ground. Then the con­se­quences of liv­ing those lives come into the story truth­fully, right down to quiet mo­ments like get­ting ready for bed.

REAL TO REEL

In one of the show’s most pow­er­ful mo­ments, we see An­nalise’s bed­time rou­tine: re­mov­ing her wig, make-up and glam­orous clothes in episode 4 (on 29 March). It’s not a peep show; it’s like watch­ing a vul­ner­a­ble crea­ture re­move the di­a­mond-hard An­nalise-Keat­ing-shell she uses to win the re­spect that al­lows her to sur­vive and thrive in her field. It’s in that mo­ment of ex­po­sure that the un­masked and pained An­nalise con­fronts her hubby Sam (Tom Ver­ica) with the shock­ing ev­i­dence of his in­fi­delity. And that’s when the mys­tery deep­ens…

An­nalise Keat­ing (cen­tre) is play­ing pup­pet mas­ter with­out any­one re­al­is­ing.

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