Channel 5 - 9pm
Who's in it?
Fay Ripley, Damien Molony and Clare-Hope Ashitey thrash out another case in this unique spin on the time-worn crime show genre.
In a nutshell
If you’ve never seen it before, brace yourself. Despite its utterly and forgettably generic title (they really couldn’t do any better than Suspects? Really?), and despite its utterly and forgettably generic setting (coppers in a cop shop), this is very different from your standard procedural. In fact, it’s positively avant-garde. That’s because Suspects is largely improvised. The main actors are given the basic plot and general trajectory to follow, but that’s it.
There’s little in the way of a pre-written script, so our trio have almost complete freedom to make up dialogue as they go along. What this means is we’ll see their characters evolve, and the story strands unfurl, in a totally spontaneous and natural way. Sure, it may sound a bit Sixth Form drama exercise, but with stars of the calibre of Fay Ripley, and the gritty context of detective work, it’s engrossing stuff. The new series kicks off with a particularly hard-hitting story involving a missing soldier suffering from PTSD, and the emotional fallout of his family.
What's the verdict?
Genuinely experimental dramas aren’t exactly ten a penny on telly these days, so it’s great to see Suspects back for a new run. Why, television hasn’t been this nailbiting since that live EastEnders broadcast a while back…