The Secret (2002– )

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A woman is held for ransom by a bitter past acquaintance who threatens to disclose a secret that could destroy her.


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4 June 2017 | khunkrumark
| Routine suspense and routine cast in dated Rendell rip-off.
Familiar faces are wheeled out in this standard TV Rendell-esque suspense drama.

The actors act their parts but you get the feeling that in the UK there are only about twenty people in the whole country who want to do telly work. When every new drama, every new story, and every new idea features the same old faces it diminishes the impact of anything you watch. It's an incestuous revolving door of repetitiveness which gets old pretty quick.

It doesn't help this story that by the early 2000s, TV audiences had begun to move on from these Hallmark-style suspenseful tele-dramas and were starting to catch on to prime-time reality TV and mind-numbing game shows. (The golden age of this type of clichéd nail-biter was the 90s!)

It's an uneventful story so most of the time is focused on the drippy dialogue of people complaining and sulking... which would be OK if you wanted to hear what they had to say!

Emma and Alex work in some fancy business together. She's a misery-guts and he's an idiot. Along comes weirdo Donna to stir up the past and make things awkward for everyone.

It's a reasonable premise for a good yarn but it's dragged out painfully - especially the last half hour.

Small parts for Nerys Hughes and John Woodvine are welcome but the shows only real star is awesome Lisa Millett who plays the suspicious and cheeky secretary, Caroline.

It's not terrible but it also doesn't really stand the test of time, either.

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