Our guide to the BBC’S ace new thriller series Informer
BBC1, TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER, 9PM
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.