It's actually really refreshing to see a new series that has straightforward story lines, good characters, and decent acting.
Reading other reviews, it may help that I have only a vague idea of what Rob Lowe has done in the past, so have no preconceptions. I like the idea of the American in a very English setting, gives lots of scope, and so far, it seems to be handled well, to be avoiding cliches, and giving some interesting insights.
I also like the fact that it seems to just reflect the normal range of people you would come across in this part of the country, and doesn't try to shoehorn a lot of "diversity" in for the sake of ticking boxes. Nobody would think this came from the BBC!
Hope to see more of this, both this series and more like it. I am enjoying it.
This series was give a great build-up, with some big names, but it really did not live up to the billing.
The actors, for the most part, didn't really seem to know what was going on, and the main character, the detective seemed like a bit of an afterthought, as though her part had been bolted on to try and give coherence to a string on more or less connected political rants. I think they were doing their best, but by the end, some, at least, seemed to be losing the will to live.
There were so many political and moralistic messages that they completely confused any semblance of a plot almost out of existence. For example, Billie Piper did her best, but what was her character even there for? Similarly, there were a number of other characters who seemed to be there simply to get some message over, rather than further the plot, such as it was.
The MP character was a triumph of sorts, as he was one of the least likeable creations seen in drama for a long time. Physically unappealing, he was whiny and sulky, petulant and flouncy by turns. If this is an accurate example of our MPs, heaven help us.
Even though I did watch all of it, I have only a vague idea of what it was meant to be about. Nice photography, though.