In­no­cent I

Real Crime - - Home Invasion - Mar­tyn Con­te­rio

ITV’s mur­der- mys­tery is a grip­per Re­leased out now Direc­tor Richard Clark distributor Acorn Me­dia avail­able on DVD

n Richard Clark’s four- part TV mini- se­ries, a man con­victed of mur­der has his sen­tence over­turned on a tech­ni­cal­ity. Back in the lo­cal com­mu­nity but far from keep­ing a low pro­file, he is hell- bent on prov­ing he didn’t kill his wife and fights to re­gain cus­tody of two es­tranged chil­dren. It might all sound a touch melo­dra­matic, but In­no­cent gets plenty of cre­ative mileage from its thor­oughly grip­ping who­dunit plot and clas­sic themes of guilt, envy and cor­rup­tion.

Dave Collins ( Lee In­gleby) has served seven years for the crime he’s adamant he didn’t com­mit. On a cold win­ter night in 2009, his wife was blud­geoned to death with a ham­mer. He had mo­ti­va­tion to do it – she was sleep­ing with his best friend – but other sus­pects are of course un­earthed. What also drives In­no­cent so com­pellingly is how much is hinged on our doubts about Dave. Is he truly not guilty? Or is he a clas­sic nar­cis­sist and so­ciopath, whose bruised ego won’t rest un­til ev­ery­body – the po­lice, the lo­cals and fam­ily – ac­cept his ver­sion of events?

As well as clear his name, Dave must duke it out ( via lawyers) with ex- sis­ter- in- law Alice ( Hermione Norris), who fos­tered the kids and poi­soned them against him. Norris is su­perb as the Machi­avel­lian Alice, and her char­ac­ter’s sad back­story adds some ex­tra fuel to the un­fold­ing mys­tery.

Hand­somely shot and seam­lessly merg­ing Ir­ish and Bri­tish coastal lo­ca­tions ( film­ing took place in Malahide, Ire­land and along the coast of Hamp­shire and East Sus­sex), In­no­cent is an in­trigu­ing watch from start to fin­ish. The third act re­veal, too, is sat­is­fy­ing and won’t leave you feel­ing short- changed.

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