The Virtues

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Fresh from his scene- steal­ing guest slot in Line of Duty, Stephen Gra­ham re­unites with This is Eng­land di­rec­tor Shane Mead­ows for a hard hit­ting new four- part drama. In The Virtues, he plays Joseph, a re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic whose pre­car­i­ous re­al­ity is knocked for six when his ex- part­ner moves from Liver­pool to Aus­tralia with their young son.

With no im­me­di­ate fam­ily to live for, Joseph is haunted by a past he has tried, for decades, to for­get. Af­ter fall­ing off the wagon and suf­fer­ing the hang­over from hell he walks away from his present life and boards a boat bound for Ireland to con­front hazy, fear- in­duc­ing mem­o­ries from a child­hood spent in the care sys­tem.

The ex­cel­lent cast in­cludes Ni­amh Cu­sack and Frank Laverty, while the sound­track is by PJ Har­vey. Wed­nes­day, Chan­nel 4, 9pm

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