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- Jack Taylor

BBC One, 9pm

The second series of this unnerving near-future thriller has barely missed a beat. A whole host of strong performanc­es from a fully first-rate cast are matched by lean plotting and crisp, stylish direction. This is the final episode of six; let’s hope we don’t have to wait another three years for the next series. Paapa Essiedu is masterful as Isaac Turner MP, whose uber-smooth demeanour fractures under the pressure of a succession of mysterious scandals. Every TV appearance he makes is intercepte­d and doctored with deepfake technology to completely change the content of his speech. But despite this, his poll numbers keep going up.

Meanwhile DCI Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) is left out in the cold and thinks someone might have got to Turner, and her boss DSU Gemma Garland (Lia Williams) is unconvince­d by her motivation­s for joining Correction – the top secret department which produces deepfakes in service of the British state. Gregory Knox (Joseph Arkley), the tech bod from Truro Analytics, seems to be holding something back (does the name of his company ring any bells?), and what’s happening with that surveillan­ce contract? With so many complex vested interests and shady characters kicking about, there are plenty of options on the table.

 ?? ?? Holliday Grainger stars as DCI Rachel Carey in this gripping deepfake thriller
Holliday Grainger stars as DCI Rachel Carey in this gripping deepfake thriller

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