Se­crets and lies are set to trou­ble John

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

How do you like your dra­mas? Straight down the line, or with a twist or two? Maybe with an off­beat or su­per­nat­u­ral el­e­ment, and per­haps a few stars thrown in for good mea­sure? If you’re nod­ding your head in an­swer of any or all of those ques­tions, then In­trud­ers, Mon­day, BBC2, 9pm, a new, eight-part se­ries made by BBC Amer­ica, could be for you. Tak­ing the lead is John Simm, and any new pro­gramme fea­tur­ing him is al­ways worth a look. But when you hear he’s ap­pear­ing in some­thing that has al­ready gone down a storm in the US, it be­comes a must-see. The only prob­lem is, if it be­comes as big a hit as it seems set to do, In­trud­ers may take Simm away from our own shores for some time, be­cause he will sud­denly be­come a man in de­mand State­side. So brace your­self for that hap­pen­ing – and for the big hole in Bri­tish drama that Simm will leave if he does de­part. In­trud­ers is a para­nor­mal drama based on a novel by ac­claimed English au­thor Michael Mar­shall Smith, who claims he was in­spired to write it by the no­tion that we can, at times, seem like more than one per­son. It has an ex­cel­lent pedi­gree in other re­spects too – the script has been writ­ten by Glen Mor­gan, who is also the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer; genre fans will be fa­mil­iar with him via his work on The X Files. What’s more, sev­eral episodes have been di­rected by Ed­uardo Sanchez, who first found fame via his work on low-bud­get smash-hit hor­ror movie The Blair Witch Project in 1999. The rest have been helmed by Daniel Stamm, whose pre­vi­ous work in­cludes the films 13 Sins and The Last Ex­or­cism. In­trud­ers made its de­but in the US in Au­gust, and when it was broad­cast along­side the first episode of Peter Ca­paldi’s stint in Doc­tor Who, helped land the sta­tion its big­gest-ever Satur­day night rat­ings. The plot fo­cuses on a shad­owy or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to chas­ing im­mor­tal­ity by in­hab­it­ing other peo­ple’s bod­ies. Simm stars as ex-LA cop Jack Whe­lan, who be­comes sus­pi­cious of the group’s ac­tiv­i­ties after his wife Amy dis­ap­pears. Whe­lan be­comes ob­sessed with track­ing Amy down, us­ing the skills he learnt as a cop to follow her trail. But as he be­comes in­creas­ingly con­sumed by his quest, he be­gins to ques­tion whether he re­ally knew her at all… Os­car­win­ning ac­tress Mira Sorvino also stars, along­side James Frain, Mil­lie Brown and Tory Kit­tles.

Mys­tery John Simm and Mira Sorvino star.

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