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RTE Player, until November 21, season 2, episode 1 The first series of Mr Mercedes, developed by David E Kelley, based on the books by Stephen King, was something of a slow burn but built gradually and effectively thanks to a solid, unshowy script and excellent performances by Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway.
Gleeson plays retired detective Bill Hodges, a man who leads an unashamedly unhealthy and isolated life, in which he obsesses over the unsolved case of Mr Mercedes, who killed 16 people when he drove a stolen Mercedes through a line of people queuing overnight for a job fair.
The story cuts between Hodges as he attempts to shun the friendly interventions of his attractive neighbour, and the psychopathic Brady Hartsfield (Treadaway), the real Mr Mercedes, who works a minimum wage job and saves his brilliance for taunting Hodges, first online in a covert game of cat-and-mouse, then increasingly out in the open.
The second season begins with Gleeson getting his life on track after a heart attack and Hartsfield in a coma following a failed attempt to execute another murderous plot.
It’s a condition from which he shows no signs of emerging until the arrival of neurosurgeon Felix Babineau and his unlicensed Chinese serum. Channel4.com, episodes 1-6 Written, directed by and starring Desiree Akhavan (left), who recently won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance for The Miseducation of Cameron Post, this is a witty if painful comedy exploring the differences between dating men and dating women via Leila, who dates both.
She has just left a 10-year relationship with Sadie (Maxine Peake) and has moved out of their apartment into a room in a house owned by neurotic novelist Gabe (Brian Gleeson), with whom she strikes up a friendship that threatens to become more. Which will mean coming out to her gay friends as bi...