Lay­ing the blame

Manchester Evening News - - TODAY’S TV -

IT’S the fi­nal in­stal­ment of this com­pelling drama from the pen of the bril­liant and pro­lific writer Jack Thorne which has been grip­ping, painful, and very hu­man.

It shows once again that Sarah Lan­cashire is the ab­so­lute best in the busi­ness, and Joanna Scan­lon’s not far be­hind her.

It’s now been more than a year since the tragic ac­ci­dent which claimed sev­eral lives in the small Welsh town of Glyn­go­lau, and the pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion brought by the grieving fam­i­lies against the de­vel­op­ers of the col­lapsed build­ing is about to start.

They’ve mort­gaged them­selves up to the hilt to bring the case for gross neg­li­gence man­slaugh­ter, but their le­gal team might not be sharp and sharky enough to match those rep­re­sent­ing Kall­bridge De­vel­op­ments.

Polly (Lan­cashire) is des­per­ate to keep her daugh­ter Leona out of the dock, but the teenager – left dis­abled by the ac­ci­dent and suf­fer­ing from night­mares know­ing she led her friends onto the site and to their deaths – is de­ter­mined to tes­tify.

Polly’s abu­sive hus­band Iwan has also been called.

When her grieving friends pre­vi­ously asked her to spy on Iwan’s coun­cil deal­ings with Kall­bridge she re­fused.

But, as the case looks set to fall apart, will she re­con­sider?

The drama has been clev­erly played, with enough el­e­ments of strange be­hav­iour and seeds of doubt to mean we’re not sure who is to blame, who should bear fault and re­spon­si­bil­ity and where the line gets drawn be­tween jus­tice and re­venge.

Polly (Sarah Lan­cashire) at­tracts at­ten­tion out­side court Leona (Jade Croot) is de­ter­mined to tes­tify

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