Con­spir­acy thriller to keep you gripped

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

You can run but you can’t hide from crime dra­mas.

If you’re not root­ing for Cather­ine in Happy Val­ley, you’re fol­low­ing the progress of Vera or DCI Banks, or be­ing baf­fled by the go­ing s-on in Broad­church.

It’s al­ways been the same; al­most since TV was in­vented, the ac­tiv­i­ties of ne’erdo-wells have kept view­ers gripped to our screens. And be­cause we’ve seen so many cases over the decades, the pres­sure is on writers to come up with some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to tackle our fancy.

Thank­fully, Bill Gal­lagher seems to have done just that with Paranoid (Thurs­day, ITV1, 9pm), an eight-part thriller fea­tur­ing an im­pres­sive cast that in­cludes Indira V arm a, Robert Glenis­ter, Neil Stuke, Les­ley Sharp and Kevin Doyle.

“Bill wanted tot ella story whereby no one per­son is per­fect and ev­ery­body has their own in­di­vid­ual flaws, foibles, con­cerns, wor­ries and anx­i­eties,” says pro­ducer Tom Sherry.

“There is some­thing of each of us in every one of these char­ac­ters. So if you are car­ry­ing those anx­i­eties you’re nor­mal.

“Bill also wanted to write a con­spir­acy thriller demon­strat­ing there is, per­haps, a larger malev­o­lent force in the world at the mo­ment. What he’s done re­ally clev­erly is in­vested the au­di­ence into half a dozen char­ac­ters we can all recog­nise, sym­pa­thise with and care about. Then when you see this force act­ing against them, the story be­comes less pre­dictable and more hu­man.

“You know some­thing is amiss but it’s some way into the se­ries be­fore it ap­pears.”

He adds: “There is then a dilemma from the au­di­ence per­spec­tive. Is some­one re­ally a bad per­son? Or just try­ing to do the right thing? Mak­ing the world a bet­ter place? But there is a darker side.

“No mat­ter how small and in­signif­i­cant a dot on the ru­ral English land­scape your vil­lage or small town is, you can’t es­cape. There is a darker me­nace and the stakes are very high.”

The tale be­gins when a fe­male GP is mur­dered in broad day­light in a chil­dren’s play­ground. Lots of wit­nesses see ex­actly whathap­pened, which should make it easy for the po­lice to find the per­son re­spon­si­ble.

The de­tec­tives as­signed to the case are a mixed bunch - Nina is spiky and cheeky on the sur­face, but be­neath, her bi­o­log­i­cal clock is tick­ing; Bobby is a small-town boy who seems out of step with the world around him, and Alec, the youngest of the trio who is gen­tle, kind and fiercely in­tel­li­gent.

As they delve deeper, they seem to be pulled fur­ther and fur­ther from the truth, and be­fore long, they re­alise that the mys­tery is more com­plex than they orig­i­nally thought, and will take them across Europe in search of the truth.

Sherry says: “Paranoid lays bare the hu­man and emo­tional story of a group of de­tec­tives hell-bent on cap­tur­ing a killer, but there are un­ex­pected twists and turns every step of the way.”

We can’t wait to see where the po­lice’s jour­ney takes them-we’ ll def­i­nitely be along for the ride.

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