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