Our guide to the BBC’S ace new thriller se­ries In­former


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This in­tense six-part thriller be­gins with an ac­tion set piece on a train. But un­like gi­gan­tic hit Body­guard, which fa­mously also be­gan on a train, this se­quence is over in about two min­utes. But peo­ple are shot, and there are big im­pli­ca­tions played out in a se­cre­tive trial. That’s all be­fore the open­ing ti­tles. The drama then flashes back a year, and we meet cen­tral char­ac­ter Raza (new­comer Nab­haan Rizwan), a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Bri­tish­pak­istani guy from east Lon­don, who’s just try­ing to live his best life and get a flat share with some artis­tic types. When he’s ar­rested for a mi­nor crime, a duo of coun­tert­er­ror­ist de­tec­tives (Paddy Considine and Bel Pow­ley) try to re­cruit him to be­come an in­former for them. He’s un­der­stand­ably re­luc­tant to spy on his neigh­bours, but he also doesn’t want to get a crim­i­nal record. Young Rizwan is in­stantly cap­ti­vat­ing, while Considine and Pow­ley bounce off each other beau­ti­fully in what is an­other ex­cel­lent BBC drama.

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