The Fear Channel 4. 10pm
Posted by celticman on Tue, 04 Dec 2012
Richie Cottan's new thriller.
The double spread advertisement in The Observer had Peter Mullan, who plays Richie Beckett, in a triangle with his two sons behind him, against a backdrop of a pier with Fear in red lights. It reads ‘the criminal mind is a fragile thing’. Well it is if you’ve got Alzheimer’s, or dementia or you’re just fragile with a criminal mind. Peter Mullan playing a gangster, whether on a horse or in the street, is none of these things. You know he’s going to have a maddy and when he does, like when a unicyclists leans against his shiny executive car, you know it’s for real. His boys understand this. This is no Graham Greene’s Brighton. This is a new shiny Brighton were gangsters wear suits and turn legit. Richy Beckett can afford to put up £250K as a good will gesture so the council can upgrade the pier. But there’s a new gang in town. The Albanians don’t mind piling bodies up like sandbags. They’ve cut a girl up in two and left the head and arm as a warning. So what’s new about this? I can’t remember, but it’s very good. I’ll be watching the second part shortly.